Sarah Marshall (British actress)

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Sarah Marshall
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Marshall in 1961
Sarah Lynne Marshall

(1933-05-25)25 May 1933
London, England
Died18 January 2014(2014-01-18) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1951–2012
(m. 1953; div. 1957)

(m. 1964)
Parent(s)Herbert Marshall
Edna Best

Sarah Lynne Marshall (25 May 1933 – 18 January 2014) was a British actress. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Goodbye Charlie.

Early life[edit]

Marshall was born in London, to actors Edna Best and Herbert Marshall. After her parents divorced, Marshall and her mother moved to Los Angeles.[1]


Marshall made her Broadway debut in 1951 in a short revival of Elmer Rice's Dream Girl. Her next performances were in three revivals of Robert E. Sherwood plays and a new S.N. Behrman play opposite her mother, all to small audiences.[2] Marshall won a Theatre World Award in 1956 for her role as Bonnie Dee Ponder in the adaptation of Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart.[3][4] She was nominated for the Tony Award in 1960 for her role in George Axelrod's play Goodbye Charlie.[5]

Marshall also had a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock Presents as Poopsie (Mrs. Barrett) in "The Baby Blue Expression." Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in a variety of other television series, including The Twilight Zone (episode "Little Girl Lost" (1962) in which she played Ruth, the mother of Tina), The Tab Hunter Show, Thriller, Kentucky Jones, F Troop, Perry Mason, Get Smart, Star Trek (episode ‘’The Deadly Years’’1967), and in one 1966 episode (Doggone Martian)[citation needed] of My Favorite Martian. She guest-starred in three episodes of Daniel Boone: "Cry of Gold" (1965), "Take the Southbound Stage" (1967) and "Hero's Welcome" (1968).

From the 1970s until shortly before her death, Marshall appeared in numerous television series and in several films. On television, her only full-time regular series role was on the sitcom Miss Winslow & Son in 1979, in which she played Evelyn Winslow, the mother of the series' main character Susan Winslow.[6] Her final film performance was that of Mrs. Weston in Bad Blood...The Hunger, released in 2012.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In June 1952, Marshall married production designer Mel Bourne.[7] They had one child, son Timothy (b. 1954), before divorcing in 1957.[8] In 1964, she married actor Carl Held. They remained together until her death.[9][2]


Marshall died on 18 January 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Agnes Stewart
1964 Wild and Wonderful Pamela
1965 A Rage to Live Connie
1966 Lord Love a Duck Miss Schwartz
1972 Embassy Miss Harding
1983 Hart to Hart Mrs. Wentworth-Hays
1993 Dave Diane
1995 Dangerous Minds Librarian #2
2012 Bad Blood Mrs. Weston (final film role)


  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. ISBN 9780786476664. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (January 21, 2014). "Sarah Marshall, Tony-Nominated English Actress, Dies at 80". Playbill. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Sarah Marshall - Playbill". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Theatre World Awards Past Recipients". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "("Sarah Marshall" search results)". Tony Awards. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 696. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ "Love Laughs at Jinx (caption)". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 4, 1952. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ "British Actress Sarah Marshall Dies at 80 | Hollywood Reporter".
  9. ^ a b "Sarah Marshall, Actress in 'Twilight Zone' and 'Star Trek', Dies at 80". The New York Times. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  10. ^ "British Actress Sarah Marshall Dies at 80". Hollywood Reporter. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2016-02-16.

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