Rachel Roberts Overview:

Actress, Rachel Roberts, was born on Sep 20, 1927 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Roberts died at the age of 53 on Nov 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best ActressThis Sporting Life (1963)Mrs. HammondNominated
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Rachel Roberts Quotes:

Brenda: Of all the liars, you're the biggest I've ever known.
Arthur Seaton: I always was a liar, a good 'un and all.
Brenda: Liars don't prosper.


Brenda: Been 'ere long?
Arthur Seaton: 10 minutes, was just looking at the lovely view.
Brenda: Better get down to earth then, adn't you?
Arthur Seaton: How did you go on at Aunt Ada's, it go off all right?
Brenda: No it didn't, was just one of them old wive's tales, she made me sit in a hot bath for 3 hours, had to drink a pint of gin. I'll never go through that again, it was terrible, I thought I was gonna die. And it didn't work.


Aunt Ada: It's not right is it, I think men get away with murder.
Brenda: They do, don't they.
Arthur Seaton: I don't know that much.
Aunt Ada: Don't be such a big 'ead - get cracking so I can talk to her. What's your name duck?
Brenda: Brenda.


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Rachel Roberts Facts
Became the first Welsh actress to win a BAFTA (British version of the "Oscar") for "Best British Actress" for her sterling performance in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960).

Played quite a few gravelly-voiced musical roles in the 1950s on stage before she focused on drama, including Talk of the Night, The Buccaneer, Oh, My Papa! and Maggie May.

Actual suicide was a result of swallowing lye, alkali, or another unidentified caustic substance on top of the barbiturates which were ingested as detailed in her posthumously published journals. The acidic effect of the poisonous agent was an immediate cause of death which propelled her body through a decorative glass screen. She was found by her gardener cut to ribbons in a negligee on her kitchen floor amongst the shards of glass on November 26, 1980.

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