Edna Best


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(1900–74), actress. A British leading lady known for her delicate, gentle characters, she visited Broadway infrequently until the 1950s when she became a U.S. citizen. Best captivated American audiences in her first Broadway play, as the unfaithful wife Pamela in These Charming People (1925), and as Teresa Sanger in The Constant Nymph (1926), but few of her vehicles after were hits, even though her notices were usually complimentary. She particularly shone as the repressed housewife Millie in The Browning Version (1949), the timid but surprising spinster in Jane (1952), and the overbearing actress Madame Alexandra in Mademoiselle Colombe (1954).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.