Joyce Grenfell - Bio and Creative Works

Joyce Grenfell

COMEDIAN • SINGER • ACTOR
Born
1910-02-10
Died
1979-11-30
Age (at death)
69
Citizenship
United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Place of Birth
Knightsbridge
From
Westminster, United Kingdom
Full TV/Movie Credits
Bio

Joyce Irene Grenfell OBE was an English diseuse, singer, actress and writer. She was known for the songs and monologues she wrote and performed, at first in revues and later in her solo shows. She never appeared as a stage actress, but had roles, mostly comic, in many films, including Miss Gossage in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and Police Sergeant Ruby Gates in the St Trinian's series. She was a well-known broadcaster on radio and television. As a writer, she was the first radio critic for The Observer, contributed to Punch and published a volume of memoirs. - Wikipedia

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MOVIE • 1964

Character: Hortense Astor

Passion, intrigue, adventure, love... everything happens in The Yellow Rolls-Royce. One luxury automobile ties together three stories as it passes from owner to owner. In the first, an aristocrat with a penchant for the racetrack discovers his wife has a penchant for backseat amour. Then a moll takes a spin down lover's lane in the Rolls while her mobster boyfriend is busy rubbing out the competition. Finally, an imperious widow purchases the car and drives straight into danger as she helps an anti-fascist escape the Nazis.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Mrs. Barham

American sailor Charlie Madison falls for a pretty Englishwoman while trying to avoid a senseless and dangerous D-Day mission concocted by a deranged admiral.

MOVIE • 1963

Character: Agatha Femm

An American car salesman in London becomes mixed up in a series of fatal occurrences at a secluded mansion.

MOVIE • 1960

Character: Sergeant Ruby Gates

The fourth form monsters' latest trick is their best ever – they have burned down St Trinian’s school! As the girls stand trial, the police breathe a sigh of relief, but miraculously the judge's infatuation with a student means the school is freed. For the authorities, it means a new reign of terror as the girls of St Trinian’s regroup with gleeful anticipation.

MOVIE • 1957

Character: Sgt. Ruby Gates

With their headmistress under lock and key in her majesty's prison, the St Trinian's girls find themselves under the protection of the army. However, when the sixth form take a fancy to winning a trip to Italy through means fair or foul, the army discover this is one battle they can't win. Let loose in Europe, it is not long before St Trinian's have succeeded in endangering European relations.

MOVIE • 1957

Character: Lady Parlitt

The story revolves around the Dinky Doos, a provincial musical troupe living from hand to mouth.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: P.W. Sgt. Ruby Gates

The unruly schoolgirls of St Trinian's are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble than ever beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton, who has the kidnap of a prize racehorse on her mind. The first film in the classic comedy series.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: Lady Flavia Queensway

Kenyon is a narcotics agent who, with the aid of a titled bird-watcher attempts to trap a brother and sister drug smuggling team.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: Duchess of Cromarty

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: Hotel Proprietress

Two friends driving in the London to Brighton vintage car rally bet on which of them will be the first to arrive back home.

MOVIE • 1952

Character: Mrs. Leo Hunter

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find...

MOVIE • 1952

Character: Mrs Claire

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. But he was also an inventor and his search for a way to project moving pictures became an obsession that ultimately changed the life of all those he loved.

MOVIE • 1951

Character: Elizabeth Robson

When an eccentric practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs. But before they can collect the cash they must each do something which goes completely against their nature. NB: This is the film which introduced Audrey Hepburn.

MOVIE • 1951

Character: Maggie

A syndicate is set up to buy a racehorse, but they end up buying the wrong one by mistake. Unfortunately the horse is useless on the flat, so they try entering him as a jumper.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: Miss Gossage: Staff of St. Swithin's

Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together.

MOVIE • 1950

Character: 'Lovely Ducks'

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high-society entertainer.

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Mrs Pargiter

Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be!

MOVIE • 1949

Character: Ugly Duchess / Dormouse

This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and puppets.

MOVIE • 1943

Character: Dr. Barrett

A tribute to the important work of female nurses during World War II.

MOVIE • 1943

Character: Sybil Paulson

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and convinced by hearsay that they are shallow and hypocritical, Ivan is both bemused and amused by them. He is blunt in his opinions about Britons and at first this puts off his hosts, including the lovely Ann Tisdall, whose grandfather runs the shipbuilding firm that will make use of Ivan's propeller. The longer Ivan stays, however, the more he comes to understand the humor, warmth, strength, and conviction of the British people, and the more they come to see him as a friend rather than merely a suspicious Russian. As a romantic bond grows between Ivan and Ann, a cultural bond begins to grow as well, particularly as the war begins and Russia is attacked by Germany.

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