Constance Cummings

Constance Cummings, CBE (May 15, 1910 – November 23, 2005), bornConstance Halverstadt, was an American-born British actress, known for her work on both screen and stage .

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 Constance Cummings's Life and career

She began as a stage actress, landing her first role on Broadway in Treasure Girl (1928) by the age of 18. While appearing on Broadway, she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn , who brought her to Hollywood in 1931. Between 1931 and 1934, Cummings appeared in more than twenty films, including the Harold Lloyd filmsMovie CrazyandAmerican Madness, directed by Frank Capra .

She was married to the playwright and screenwriter Benn Levy from 1933 until his death in 1973. Cummings was uncomfortable in Hollywood and moved to Britain , where she continued acting, both in films and on the stage. Few of her films were hits in the U.S., althoughBlithe Spirit, adapted from the Noël Coward play, was popular. Levy went on to write and direct films for Cummings, such asThe Jealous God(1939); he also served in the UK Parliament from 1945-50 as the Labour MP for Eton and Slough . They had a son and a daughter.

opposite Sir Laurence Olivier , to great acclaim, and later recreated the role for a television production. In 1979, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Emily Stilson in the dramaWings(1978-9) (written by Arthur Kopit ), a play about a former aviator (Stilson) who has suffered a stroke , from which she struggles to recover.This role also brought her Obie and Drama Desk awards and an Oliver nomination.

On January 1, 1974, Cummings, who resided in Britain for many decades until her death, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her contributions to the British entertainment industry.

She was a committee member of the Royal Court Theatre and the Arts Council . She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6211 Hollywood Blvd.

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 Constance Cummings's Death

Constance Cummings Levy died in Oxfordshire , England , on November 23, 2005, aged 95, from natural causes.

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 Constance Cummings's References

  2. Shorter, Eric (November 25, 2005). "Obituary: Constance Cummings". The Guardian. 
  3. Kennedy, Dennis (2003). Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. New York: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 338. ISBN 0-19-860672-9. 

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