Margaret Lockwood

Active - 1935 - 1976  |   Born - Sep 15, 1916 in Karachi, Pakistan  |   Died - Jul 15, 1990   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Adventure

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Born in India to a British railway clerk, Margaret Lockwood was educated at London's Italia Conti School. After training for an acting career at RADA (several years after her official stage debut at age 12), she made her first film in 1935, billed as Margie Day. After a series of inconsequential ingenues, Lockwood was given a role with teeth in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). She had a brief Hollywood career (two films' worth) in 1939, then returned to England, where throughout the 1940s she specialized in beautiful but diabolical adventuresses. She left the screen in favor of the stage in 1955, then made a long overdue return to films in The Slipper and the Rose (1976). Books on Lockwood's career include her own autobiography Lucky Star (1955) and Hilton Tims' Once a Wicked Lady (1989). Margaret Lockwood was the mother of British film actress Julia Lockwood.

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  • First stage appearance was in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she played a fairy, at age 12.
  • Made her film acting debut co-starring in the 1934 historical drama Lorna Doone, playing Annie Ridd.
  • Became the number one box-office star during the 1940s in Britain.
  • Became reclusive, staying out of the public eye, reportedly due to a balance issue she suffered because of a disorder in her inner ear, in the years leading up to her death in 1990.
  • Final stage role was Queen Alexandra in the play Motherdear by Royce Ryton at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1980.