Freda Jackson

Freda Maud Jackson(29 December 1907 – 20 October 1990) was an English stage actress who also worked in film and TV.

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 Freda Jackson's Early life and career

During this period, she reputedly had a relationship with Errol Flynn , a fellow company member.After two years with the Northampton Rep, she first appeared in London on 13 July 1936 inThe Sacred Flameat the Q Theatre , afterwards touring with Emlyn Williams in Williams' playNight Must Fall. In 1938 she joined the Old Vic company, touring with them the following year in Europe and Egypt, and in 1940 she became part of the Stratford Memorial Theatre company.Her film debut was inMountains O'Mourne(1938); other early films included Powell and Pressburger 'sA Canterbury Tale, Laurence Olivier 'sHenry V(both 1944) and David Lean 'sGreat Expectations(1946).

She also featured in the play's West End transfer and in the film adaptation released in 1948. A few years later she played a similar role, Mrs Allistair, in the stage and screen versions of Sylvia Rayman'sWomen of Twilight(1952)."I wonder," she wrote in 1954, "if [my fellow actors] ever dreamed when we were treading the Shakespearean boards together at Stratford 14 years ago that their light-hearted Nerissa, Maria and Mrs Quickly would, in less years than it takes to say Sweeney Todd, be treading so heavily the darkest paths of crime - her name a horrid by-word, a source of cosy shudders ... Seriously though, dear public, you must please believe that I was not always so depraved a character."

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 Freda Jackson's Later career

- Marguerite Gautier inThe Lady of the Camellias. Later stage appearances included the Gypsy inCamino Real(Phoenix Theatre 1957),Duel of Angels(Apollo Theatre 1958), Mrs Hitchcock inSergeant Musgrave's Dance(Royal Court Theatre 1959), Gunhild inJohn Gabriel Borkman(Mermaid Theatre 1961), the title role inMother Courage(Bristol Old Vic 1961),Naked(Royal Court Theatre 1963), a 1967 tour ofArsenic and Old Lace, and Maria Helliwell inWhen We Are Married(Strand Theatre 1970).

The Good Die Young(1954) as Joan Collins ' mother, George Cukor 'sBhowani Junction(1956), Ralph Thomas 'A Tale of Two Cities(1958), Terence Fisher 'sThe Brides of Dracula(1960), Tony Richardson 'sTom Jones(1963), two directed by Michael Winner (West 11, 1963, andThe Jokers, 1967), Daniel Haller 'sDie, Monster, Die!(1965) as Boris Karloff 's wife, and two featuring Ray Harryhausen creature effects,The Valley of Gwangi(1969) andClash of the Titans(1981). Summarising her film career, David Quinlan wrote that she "created some memorably grim portraits ... fewer than one would have liked, but she was really too ferocious for supporting roles."

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 Freda Jackson's Personal life

She died, aged 82, in 1990.

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 Freda Jackson's Partial filmography

  • Mountains o' Mourne1938
  • A Canterbury Tale1944
  • Henry V1944
  • Beware of Pity1946
  • Great Expectations1946
  • No Room at the Inn1948
  • Women of Twilight1952
  • Mr. Denning Drives North1952
  • The Good Die Young1954
  • The Crowded Day1954
  • Bhowani Junction1956
  • The Last Man to Hang?1956
  • The Flesh Is Weak1957
  • A Tale of Two Cities1958
  • The Brides of Dracula1960
  • Shadow of the Cat1961
  • Greyfriars Bobby1961
  • Tom Jones1963
  • West 111963
  • The Third Secret1964
  • Die, Monster, Die!1965
  • The Jokers1967
  • The Valley of Gwangi1969
  • Clash of the Titans1981

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 Freda Jackson's References

  1. John Parker (ed), Who's Who in the Theatre, 15th edition, Pitman Publishing 1972
  2. Mayes, Ian (11 May 2000). "Henry Bird". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  3. Parker, op cit
  4. David Quinlan, The Illustrated Directory of Film Character Actors, BT Batsford Ltd 1985
  5. Anthony Hawtrey, 'Foreword', Embassy Successes II, Sampson Low, Marston & Co 1946
  6. JP Wearing, The London Stage 1950–1959: A Calendar of Plays and Players, Scarecrow Press 1993
  7. Freda Jackson, 'Saturnalia: Freda Jackson On - and Off - Stage', Curtain Up: The Only Repertory Theatre Magazine Vol 11 no 2, 26 April 1954
  8. Parker, op cit
  9. Quinlan, op cit

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