Margaret Lockwood

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Celebrated British star of stage and screen from the '30s to the '80s.
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b. Margaret Mary Lockwood Day, 15 September 1916, Karachi, India (now Pakistan), d. 15 July 1990, Kensington, London, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Lockwood appeared in London stage productions and made her screen debut in 1935. Among her dozen or so films over the next three years, were The Beloved Vagabond (1936, with Maurice Chevalier), The Street Singer (with Arthur Tracy), Melody And Romance (both 1937), and Bank Holiday (1938). She scored a big success that same year in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes and had several box-office hits during the 40s, most notably with roles in the melodramas The Man In Grey (1943), The Wicked Lady (1945), Bedelia (1946), Jassy and Hungry Hill (both 1947). She was in I’ll Be Your Sweetheart (1945, her songs dubbed by Maudie Edwards), and was in the comedies Look Before You Love (1948) and Cardboard Cavalier (1949), which starred Sid Field. Lockwood appeared in dramatic films through the early 50s, including Highly Dangerous (1950), Trouble In The Glen (1953), Laughing Anne (1954), and Cast A Dark Shadow (1957). She published her autobiography in 1955. Her stage career had meanwhile resumed with Private Lives (1949), the title role in Peter Pan (1949 and 1950), and Pygmalion (1951).

From the mid-50s Lockwood was mostly seen on the stage, appearing in London’s West End and also touring the UK provinces: a long run at the Savoy Theatre of Agatha Christie’s The Spider’s Web (1954, which was written especially for her), Subway In The Sky (1957), another Peter Pan (1957, with her daughter, Julia Lockwood), and revivals of And Suddenly It’s Spring (1959) and An Ideal Husband (1965). On television she appeared in the series The Royalty (1957) and later took leading roles in The Flying Swan (1965), a series in which Julia appeared, and she was barrister Harriet Peterson in the series Justice (1972). Lockwood returned to the big screen for The Slipper And The Rose (1976) and was in the plays Double Edge (1975), Noël Coward’s Quadrille (1977) and Suite In Two Keys (1978). She made her final stage appearance in 1980, as Queen Alexandra, in Motherdear. The same year she was made a Dame of the British Empire but thereafter chose to live in seclusion, although she and her daughter were receptive to writer Hilton Tims when he was researching his account of her life.