Hermione Baddeley Overview:

Character actress, Hermione Baddeley, was born Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley on Nov 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire. Baddeley appeared in over 90 film and TV roles. Her best known films include Room at the Top, Midnight Lace, The Unsinkable Molly Brown -- and Disney's Mary Poppins as Ellen, the maidservant. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Simone Signoret's best friend in Jack Clayton's Room at the Top (1959). Baddeley died at the age of 79 on Aug 19, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in St Mary and St Melor Churchyard Cemetery in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England.

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Jolly-looking Hermione Baddeley could be both sophisticated and blowzy. After a long stage career, she contributed a rich range of characters to the screen, most of them 'below stairs' but some of which, like the vengeful Ida in Brighton Rock, she turned memorably into semi-leads. She is the younger sister of actress Angela Baddeley. Hermione was nominated for an Oscar in Room at the Top.

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

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Baddeley was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1959Best Supporting ActressRoom at the Top (1959)ElspethNominated
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Hermione Baddeley Quotes:

Rose: People change.
Ida: I've never changed. It's like those sticks of rock. Bite one all the way down, you'll still read Brighton. That's human nature.


Ida: Now listen, dear. I'm human, I've loved a boy or two in my time. It's natural, like breathin. Not one of them's worth it, let alone this fellow you've got hold of.


Edie Randall: Here's to the Burgundy Lido!


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Hermione Baddeley Facts
Was descended from British revolutionary war general Sir Henry Clinton.

Second husband, Major J.H. Willis, was Commander of the U.S.S. Henrico from November 1943 to May 1945. He was decorated at one point with the award of Military Cross.

Had a long, involved relationship with actor Laurence Harvey. They appeared together in the film Room at the Top (1959) and she received an Oscar nomination as "Best Supporting Actress" nomination for her portrayal of Simone Signoret's best friend, music teacher Elspeth. With under three minutes of screen time, her role had the shortest amount of screen time ever to be nominated.

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