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(Madeleine) Angela Baddeley

(1904—1976) actress


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(1904–76), English actress. She was on the stage as a child, making her adult début as Jenny Diver in Nigel Playfair's production of Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1920). She was with her sister Hermione (below) in Zoë Akins's The Greeks Had a Word for it (1934), which was followed by Emlyn Williams's Night Must Fall (1935; NY, 1936) and Natasha in Chekhov's Three Sisters (1938) in Gielgud's company. New plays in which she was seen included Dodie Smith's Dear Octopus (1938), Emlyn Williams's The Light of Heart (1940) and The Morning Star (1941), Rattigan's The Winslow Boy (1946), and Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (1951). She was an excellent Miss Prue in Gielgud's revival of Congreve's Love for Love in 1943, and appeared with the Old Vic andStratford-upon-Avon companies in a variety of parts by Shakespeare under the direction of her second husband Glen Byam Shaw. In 1961 she was seen in an American musical, Bye Bye Birdie, and at the time of her death was appearing in another musical, Sondheim's A Little Night Music (1975).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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