Frieda Inescort(29 June 1901 in Edinburgh, Scotland – 26 February 1976 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California) was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noël Coward 's playHay Fever. She played the shingled lady in John Galsworthy 's 1927 Broadway productionEscape.
Frieda Wrightman, she was the daughter of Scots-born journalist John "Jock" Wrightman and actress Elaine Inescourt,who was of German and Polish descent. They married in 1899 but parted ways when their daughter was still a young child.
After coming to the United States, she not only acted but also worked as associate editor of The Exporter's Encyclopedia.
Her other Broadway credits includeYou and I(1923),The Woman on the Jury(1923),Windows(1923),The Fake(1924),Ariadne(1925),Hay Fever(1925),Love in a Mist(1926),Mozart(1926),Trelawny of the "Wells"(1927),Escape(1927-1928),Napi(1931),Company's Coming(1931),Springtime for Henry(1931-1932),When Ladies Meet(1933),False Dreams, Farewell(1934),Lady Jane(1934),Soldier's Wife(1944-1945),The Mermaids Singing(1945-1946), andYou Never Can Tell(1948).
The Dark Angel(1935). Her other films includeMary of Scotland(1936),The Letter(1940),The Trial of Mary Dugan(1941),You'll Never Get Rich(1941) andA Place in the Sun(1951).
Pride and Prejudice. She had a leading role inCall It A Day, a 1937 film in which she appeared with Olivia de Havilland, Bonita Granville, Roland Young, and Ian Hunter. She appeared in at least one episode of Perry Mason , as Hope Quentin in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist" (season 5, 1961).
He had been working as a writer for theSaturday Reviewand was also involved in the translation of European classics into English .
Inescort had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1930s. Her disease accelerated after her husband's death, and she was using a wheelchair by the mid 1960s. On 7 July 1964, her estranged mother, British actress Elaine Inescourt, died in Brighton, England , aged 87. Frieda Inescort worked as much as possible for the multiple sclerosis association. Often seen in the Hollywood area seated in her wheelchair, she collected donations outside supermarkets and in malls.
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