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Margaret Rutherford Overview:

Character actress, Margaret Rutherford, was born Margaret Taylor Rutherford on May 11, 1892 in Balham, London. Rutherford died at the age of 80 on May 22, 1972 in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire and was laid to rest in St James Churchyard Cemetery in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Margaret Rutherford was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for The V.I.P.s (as Duchess of Brighton) in 1963.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best Supporting ActressThe V.I.P.s (1963)Duchess of BrightonWon
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BlogHub Articles:

Goes for a Ride at the Gallop Hotel

By Rick29 on Oct 4, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

. The best way to approach 's four "Miss Marple" films is to forget that she's playing Jane Marple. Rutherford's films are comedies with a little mystery and her character bears only a slight resemblance to Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth. The best of Rutherf... Read full article


Silver Screen Standards:

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 10, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silver Screen Standards: Rutherford?s Miss Marple is a quirky character, seen here sticking out her tongue while riding a train in Murder, She Said. The 2018 documentary, Truly Miss Marple ? The Curious Case of , is currently available for streaming on Am... Read full article


Silver Screen Standards:

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 10, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silver Screen Standards: The 2018 documentary, Truly Miss Marple ? The Curious Case of , is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime, so this is a perfect time to learn more about the iconic character actor and revisit some of her most memorable rol... Read full article


as Miss Marple

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 17, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the four movies actress made as amateur sleuth Miss Marple. This article is part of The Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie Blogathon hosted by Little Bits of Classics and Christina Wehner. There are few pleasures in life as rewarding as a good mystery... Read full article


The Miss Marple Mysteries with

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 17, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Miss Jane Marple, the wiry framed spinster from St. Mary Mead, whose hobbies include knitting and solving crimes, is one of Agatha Christie's most endearing creations. Quiet and sedate, she was the complete opposite of Hercule Poirot, Christie's very own Sherlock Holmes, but went on to become the st... Read full article


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Margaret Rutherford Quotes:

Professor Hatton-Jones: Forgive me - are you a bleeder? When you cut yourself, do you bleed interminably?


Craddock: Withholding information from the police is a very serious matter.
Miss Marple: Oh, I know, Inspector, and I'm most awfully sorry. Will you take tea?


Craddock: We have come to the conclusion that what you saw on the train was... uh... well, a man and a woman...
Miss Marple: Yes, as I said.
Craddock: I mean, perhaps they were honeymooners.
Miss Marple: I may be what is termed a spinster, but I do know the difference between horseplay and murder.


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Margaret Rutherford Facts
She was interred at Saint James Churchyard in Gerrards Cross, Buckinhamshire, England with her husband, Stringer Davis. Her epitaph reads "A Blithe Spirit.".

She was the daughter of William Benn and Florence Nicholson. Just before her birth, her father murdered her grandfather. Her mother died when she was three years old and she was brought up by her aunt, Bessie Nicholson, in Wimbledon. When her aunt died a small inheritance allowed her to join the Old Vic in repertory.

In 1925 (age 33), she was accepted as a student at the Old Vic Theatre, where she appeared in several small Shakespearean roles in productions starring Edith Evans, including The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew.

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