Peggy Ashcroft Overview:

Character actress, Peggy Ashcroft, was born Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft on Dec 22, 1907 in Croydon, England. Ashcroft died at the age of 83 on Jun 14, 1991 in London, England .


Dame Peggy Ashcroft was one of Britain's most distinguished actresses through several decades. She appeared only very rarely in films, confining her career almost entirely to the stage -- where she became a delicate and distinctive interpreter of Shakespeare -- and radio. But her warmth and talent were evident even in cinematic roles and she won an Academy Award for her performance in A Passage to India at 77.

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Peggy Ashcroft was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for A Passage to India (as Mrs. Moore) in 1984.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1984Best Supporting ActressA Passage to India (1984)Mrs. MooreWon

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Peggy Ashcroft Quotes:

Hannah: Crazy people never look their age.

Hannah: Why is the bed warm at eleven o'clock in the morning? A decent bed isn't supposed to be warm.

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She was awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956 for her services to drama.

Buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Had a son Peter Duff Hart-Davis (b. 3 Jun 1936).

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