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Hermione Baddeley

Hermione Baddeley

George Bernard Shaw reportedly so enjoyed her performance in his play, "Heartbreak House", that he suggested she change her surname from Baddeley to Goodeley.

Autobiography 1984 "The Unsinkable Hermione Baddeley"

Best known in the States for her bawdy housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the feminist comedy "Maude" (1972).

Can be seen playing Doll Tearsheet with her sister Angela Baddeley as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV (episode 3) in the DVD box "An Age of Kings - the History Plays of William Shakespeare".

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.



Her first U.S. appearance came on Broadway when she replaced Angela Lansbury in "A Taste of Honey".

Hermione's first husband was the Honourable David Pax Tennant, a descendant of William the Conqueror.

Mother of actress/poet Pauline Tennant and David Edward Wyndham Tennant.

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.

Sister-in-law of Glen Byam Shaw.

Was descended from British revolutionary war general Sir Henry Clinton.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."

Younger sister of Angela Baddeley.


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