Geraldine McEwan

Geraldine McEwan(bornGeraldine McKeown; 9 May 1932 – 30 January 2015) was an English actress who had a long career in theatre, television and film.She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1998 for her performance inThe Chairs. She won a BAFTA Award for her performance in the television serialOranges Are Not the Only Fruit(1990). From 2004 to 2009 she appeared as Miss Marple , the Agatha Christie sleuth, for the seriesMarple. Michael Coveney described her, in a tribute article, as "a great comic stylist, with a syrupy, seductive voice and a forthright, sparkling manner."

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 Geraldine McEwan's Early life

Her father, a printers' compositor, ran the Labour Party branch in Old Windsor, a safe Conservative seat.

The Daily Telegraphin 2004, she said of herself around this time: "I was very shy, very private," but after reading a poem (apparently Lady Macbeth 's speech "Glamis thou art and Cawdor...") at a Brownie concert: "I realised it was going to be a way in which I could manage the world. I could protect myself by losing myself in other people."

As a teenager, McEwan became interested in theatre and her theatrical career began at 14 as assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal, Windsor . She made her first appearance on the Windsor stage in October 1946 as an attendant of Hippolyta inA Midsummer Night's Dreamand played many parts with the Windsor Repertory Company from March 1949 to March 1951, including a role in the Ruth Gordon bio playYears Agoopposite guest player John Clark .

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 Geraldine McEwan's Later career

The Spectator, wrote, "Geraldine McEwan (in the performance of the night and her career) comes on looking like an ostrich which has mysteriously been crammed into a tambourine lined with fresh flowers."

This production had a brief run on Broadway between April and June 1998; McEwan was nominated for a Tony Award .

(1990), for which she won the British Academy Television Award as Best Actress in 1991, andMulberry(1992-93).She was also in theCassandraepisode ofRed Dwarf(1999), playing a prescient computer. McEwan played the demented witch Mortianna in the filmRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves(1991). In Peter Mullan 'sThe Magdalene Sisters, (2002), she played the role of Sister Bridget .

She announced her retirement from the role in 2008 after appearing in 12 films.She was succeeded as Miss Marple in the series by Julia McKenzie .

In 2005, she provided the voice of Miss Thripp in the filmWallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbitand again inA Matter of Loaf and Deathin 2008.[citation needed]

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 Geraldine McEwan's Personal life

They had a son Greg , who is an actor and screenwriter, and a daughter, Claudia. Cruttwell died in 2002.

"I will never speak of that", she said of the matter to Cassandra Jardine in 2004.

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 Geraldine McEwan's Death

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 Geraldine McEwan's Selected filmography

NameYearRolesOther titles
There Was a Young Lady 1953 Irene
No Kidding 1960 Catherine Robinson Beware of Children(U.S.)
Dance of Death 1969 Alice
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones 1976 Lady Bellaston
Escape from the Dark 1976 Miss Coutt The Littlest Horse Thieves(U.S.)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(TV series) 1978 Jean Brodie
Foreign Body 1986 Lady Ammanford
Mapp and Lucia 1985–1986 Emmeline Lucas (Lucia)
Henry V 1989 Alice
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 Mortianna
Mulberry(TV Series) 1992–1993 Miss Farnaby
Moses 1995 Miriam
The Love Letter 1999 Constance Scattergoods
Red Dwarf(TV Series) 1999 Cassandra Series 8, Episode 4, "Cassandra"
Food of Love 2002 Novotna
The Magdalene Sisters 2002 Sister Bridget
Pure 2002 Nanna
Vanity Fair 2004 Lady Southdown
The Lazarus Child 2004 Janet
Carrie's War 2004 Mrs. Gotobed
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 Miss Thripp (voice)
A Matter of Loaf and Death 2008 Miss Thripp (voice) Uncredited
Arrietty 2011 Haru (voice)

Miss Marple inMarple: 2004–2008[edit]

Marple: The Body in the Library 2004
Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 2004
Marple: 4.50 from Paddington 2004
Marple: A Murder Is Announced 2005
Marple: Sleeping Murder 2005
Marple: The Moving Finger 2006
Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs 2006
Marple: The Sittaford Mystery 2006
Marple: At Bertram's Hotel 2007
Marple: Ordeal by Innocence 2007
Marple: Towards Zero 2008
Marple: Nemesis 2008

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 Geraldine McEwan's Awards and nominations

1976 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance Oh Coward!Nominated
Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival On ApprovalNominated
1978 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance Look After Lulu!Nominated
1980 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival The Browning Version/HarlequinadeNominated
1983 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress The RivalsWon
1991 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Oranges Are Not the Only FruitWon
1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress The Way of the WorldWon
1996 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role The Way of the WorldNominated
1998 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play The ChairsNominated

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 Geraldine McEwan's References

  1. Michael Coveney "Geraldine McEwan was a great comic stylist",, 2 February 2015.
  2. Obituary:Geraldine McEwan, The Telegraph, 1 February 2015.
  3. Jardine, Cassandra (8 December 2004). "'Fishnets, tarty wigs – I love all that'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  4. Who's Who in the Theatre, 17th edition, Gale (1982)
  5. Janet Moat Profile, BFI screenonline; accessed 7 January 2016.
  6. Simon Farquhar "Geraldine McEwen: Actress whose decades of triumphs on the stage were topped off by her acclaimed Miss Marple on television", The Independent, 1 February 2015.
  7. Michael Billington "Geraldine McEwan: mischievously witty, from Mrs Malaprop to Miss Marple", The Guardian, 1 February 2015
  8. Dominic Shellard British Theatre Since the War, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999 [2008], p. 96
  9. See also Peter Hall's autobiography Making an Exhibition of Myself: the autobiography of Peter Hall, London: Oberon Books, 2000, p. 145. Originally published by Sinclair Stevenson (London) in 1993.
  10. Michael Coveney "Geraldine McEwan obituary, The Guardian, 31 January 2015
  11. "Geraldine McEwan ~ The Shakespeare Connection",
  12. Sheridan Morley Gielgud: The Authorised Biography, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002, p.339
  13. John Chapman "The School for Scandal is Memorable", Chicago Tribune (reprint of New York Daily News item), 26 January 1963, p.64
  14. John Lahr Prick Up Your Ears, Knopf, 1978
  15. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 386. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  16. Simon Callow The National: The Theatre and Its Work 1963–1997, Nick Hern Books, 1997
  17. Philip Ziegler Olivier, London: MacLehose Press, 2013, p. 292
  18. George Russell The Old Vic Theatre: A History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, p. 154
  19. Alasdair Steven "Obituary: Geraldine McEwan, actress", The Scotsman, 2 February 2015
  20. Sheridan Morley "Theatre: Love Has No Laws", The Spectator, 28 October 1995, p. 51
  21. Matt Wolf "Review: The Chairs", Variety, 13 December 1997
  22. Harry Haun "Briers and McEwan Dust Off The Chairs for Broadway",, 17 April 1998
  23. "Geraldine McEwan", Playbill Vault
  24. Marilyn Stasio "Make Way for TV's New Miss Marple, One With Some Romance in Her Past", New York Times, 15 April 2005.
  25. Conlan, Tara (2008-01-23). "McEwan retires from Marple role". Media Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  26. Nicola Harley "Miss Marple actress Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82", The Telegraph, 31 January 2015
  27. "Geraldine McEwan, Actress Known for Miss Marple Role, Dies at 82", New York Times (AP), 2 February 2015
  28. Claire Armitstead Obituary: Hugh Cruttwell, The Guardian, 29 August 2002.
  29. "Actress Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82". BBC News Entertainment & Arts. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  30. "'Miss Marple actor Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82'". The Guardian. 31 January 2015. 

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