Frieda Inescort Overview:

Character actress, Frieda Inescort, was born Frieda Wrightman on Jun 29, 1901 in Edinburgh, UK. Inescort died at the age of 74 on Feb 26, 1976 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .


Frieda Inescort was a tall, dark, Scottish-born actress with faintly forbidding good looks. The daughter of actress Elaine Inescort (only film, 1933's  Rolling in Money), she began her film career in America, where she had lived and worked first as a secretary, then as a stage actress since 1921. In the 1930s, she appeared as society wives, scheming women and aristocratic cousins. After a break of five years, she played out the remainder of her career in older character roles. She died from multiple sclerosis.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Lady Jane Ainsley: Your eyes look like burning coals. Don't come any nearer. Don't touch me.

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Mr. Richard Lancing: Wildebeest again.
Mrs. Richard Lancing: I think we've seen about a million today.

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Acoording to a full-length article by Barrie Roberts for Classic Images, Frieda signed a contract with Warner Bros. only to discover she had been hired as a threat to keep temperamental star Kay Francis in line. Frieda went on to appear in support of Francis in two films.

Daughter of actress Elaine Inescourt.

Experienced symptoms of dizziness and disorientation while filming the movie The Crowded Sky (1960). Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she retired within a year after being forced to walk with a cane.

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