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During World War II, Hayward enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and commanded a photographic unit that filmed the Battle of Tarawa in a documentary titled "With the Marines at Tarawa". Hayward was awarded the Bronze Star.

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In the Spotlight: DAME MAY WHITTY

 

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The distinguished actress was born Mary Louise Whitty on June 19, 1865 in Liverpool, England, to Alfred Whitty a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, Mary Louisa Ashton.

 

May Whitty made her first stage appearance in Liverpool in 1881 before moving to London to appear on the West End.

 

She married the actor-manager Ben Webster in 1892 in St Giles Parish, London, England, and in 1895 they visited the United States where Whitty appeared on Broadway.

 

After nearly 25 years as one of the leading actresses of the British stage, she appeared in her first film "Enoch Arden" in 1914. She did not care much for the experience, and appeared in only a few silent films afterward.

 

After a string of 1930s Broadway successes, she went to Hollywood, following the example of many of her British contemporaries.

She found herself usually cast in high-born roles, which were sometimes crotchety, sometimes imperious, but often warmhearted.

 

Classic examples of these were the dowdy phony psychic in "The Thirteenth Chair", the crotchety Mrs. Bramson, an invalid who falls for the homicidal Robert Montgomery in "Night Must Fall" for which she was Oscar nominated, Miss Froy in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" where she plays the title character enduring great physical exertion while maintaining her poise and dignity, and as Lady Beldon in "Mrs. Miniver", a role which garnered another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

she also was given the award for Best Acting by the National Board of Review for the 1937 film, "Night Must Fall".

 

She moved permanently to the USA (although she never became a U.S. citizen) in 1939 and continued to appear both on stage and in Hollywood films where she usually played wealthy dowagers. She proved herself equally capable of playing working-class roles.

 

Her other films include, "Raffles", "A Bill of Divorcement" with Maureen O'Hara, "Suspicion", "Forever and a Day", "Crash Dive", "The Constant Nymph" with Joan Fontaine, "Lassie Come Home", "Madame Curie", "Gaslight", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "My Name Is Julia Ross", "Devotion", "Green Dolphin Street", "If Winter Comes", "The Return of October", etc.

 

The grand dame continued to act for the remainder of her life and died in Beverly Hills, California from cancer shortly after completeing her scenes in the film "The Sign of the Ram" at the age of 82 in 1948; her husband had died the previous year during surgery.

Their only child, a daughter born in the USA in 1905, Margaret Webster, was a stage actress and held dual US/UK citizenship. She died in 1972.

 

She was quoted: "I've got everything Betty Grable has . . . only I've had it longer."

 

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Mongo...The last image I have in MY mind is Dame Whitty sitting on the steps feeding

the birds in "Mary Poppins".

 

When I was young, I thought her full name was DAME MAY WHITTY. :)

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Bargar,

 

I'm confused. I thought Jane Darwell was the one feeding the birds at the end of *Mary Poppins*.

 

Am I mis-remembering again?

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Bargar, it was Jane Darwell in "Mary Poppins". Izcutter is correct. As a matter of fact I did a spotlight on Miss Darwell and posted a picture of her as the Bird Woman.

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Whitty, Margaret Lockwood, & Michael Redgrave in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"

 

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Whitty as Miss Froy in "The Lady Vanishes" (1938)

 

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Thanks, Izzie....You certainly aren't "mis-remembering, I AM!!! They are somewhat similar.

However, I am partial to Dame Whitty, so maybe I was wishing it was her!! :):)

 

Thanks for the heads up. We all need a little help from our friends!!

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