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:

Miss Marple: [to Craddock] Embezzlement is one thing - proof of triple murder is another. Softly, softly catches monkey in a mousetrap.


Ackenthorpe: Cod's as good as lobster any day, and much cheaper.
Miss Marple: Well, that depends on whether or not one has a palate unsullied by cheap opiates.
Ackenthorpe: If you mean what I think you mean, I'll have you know this cheroot cost two shillings!
Miss Marple: Yes. Quite.


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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She started work on The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), but illness caused her to be replaced by Fay Compton.

Agatha Christie dedicated her 1963 novel, The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side, to Rutherford in admiration.

She developed an interest in the theatre while at school. Her guardian aunt paid for her to have private acting lessons.

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