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: What do you think having a kid means? You're doped up and sick for 9 months, your clothes don't fit, nobody will look at you. One day you're yelling out and you've got a kid. That's not so bad but you've got to look after it for the rest of its life. You want to try it sometime.
Arthur Seaton: Well if that's how you feel.
Brenda: How do you expect me to feel.


Brenda: Having a good time?
Arthur Seaton: Not bad, I'm with some pals from work, had to come out or I'd go crackers, I've been worrying about you all week.
Brenda: Well you can stop worrying.
Arthur Seaton: Is it all right then, did you see that doctor?
Arthur Seaton: Oh yeah, I went, I didn't stay.
Arthur Seaton: What?
Brenda: I've decided to have it and face whatever comes of it.


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.


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Rachel Roberts Facts
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.

Her marriage to Rex Harrison surprised many of her friends, since she was a dedicated socialist and he a fervent Tory.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she was awarded the Athene Seyler Award for Comedy.

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