A descendant of British revolutionary war officer Henry Clinton, Hermione Baddeley was an actress from the age of six; she made her London stage debut in 1918, and her first film, A Daughter in Revolt, in 1926. An ingenue for many years, Hermione began receiving more substantial roles as she approached middle age; among her best assignments were the stage and film versions of Brighton Rock. Her first Broadway play was 1960's The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More, accepting her leading role on the personal invitation of the production's playwright, Tennessee Williams. Unlike her sister Angela Baddeley, who became internationally known for her portrayal of Mrs. Bridges in the BBC TV production Upstairs Downstairs, Hermione Baddeley resisted series television--at least until she was persuaded by producer Norman Lear to tackle the role of acidulous housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the 1970s American sitcom Maude.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Descendant of Henry Clinton, a British general during the American Revolutionary War.
- Made her stage debut at age 12 at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
- Appeared in her first film, A Daughter in Revolt, in 1926.
- Resisted roles in television until producer Norman Lear persuaded her to join the cast of the '70s sitcom Maude as Mrs. Naugatuck.