British actresses born in 1916

Here are 10 famous actresses from United Kingdom were born in 1916:

Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland (July 1, 1916 Tokyo-) also known as Olivia Mary de Havilland, Livvie, Olivia DeHavilland, Olivia De Havilland or Olivia de Haviland is a British actor. She has two children, Benjamin Goodrich and Giselle Galante.

Olivia de Havilland is widely considered to be one of the greatest actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Born to British parents in Tokyo, she moved with her family to California at a young age. She began her acting career in the mid-1930s and quickly rose to fame for her performances in films such as "Gone with the Wind" (1939) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938).

In the 1940s, de Havilland became embroiled in a legal battle with Warner Bros. over her contract, which included clauses that allowed the studio to extend her contract without her consent. She won the case and helped to pave the way for more equitable contracts for actors in Hollywood.

De Havilland continued to act in films, television, and stage productions throughout her career, earning numerous awards and accolades. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008 for her contributions to American culture. De Havilland passed away on July 26, 2020 at the age of 104.

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Sally Gray

Sally Gray (February 14, 1916 Holloway-September 24, 2006 London) also known as Constance Vera Stevens, Dowager Lady Oranmore and Browne or Constance Vera Browne, Baroness Oranmore and Browne was a British actor.

Sally Gray began her acting career in 1935 and appeared in several films throughout the 1930s and 1940s. She was known for her roles in crime dramas and thrillers, including "The Saint in London" (1939) and "Green for Danger" (1946). Gray was also a talented singer and appeared in several musical films, including "Saturday Night Revue" (1937) and "Let's Make a Night of It" (1938).

In addition to her acting career, Gray was also an avid equestrian and competed in several horse shows. She married the 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne in 1952 and became known as the Dowager Lady Oranmore and Browne following his death in 1979. Gray continued to act in films and on television until the 1980s, and remained a beloved figure in British cinema throughout her life.

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Hana Maria Pravda

Hana Maria Pravda (January 29, 1916 Prague-May 22, 2008 Oxford) also known as Hana Beck, Hana-Maria Pravda, Hana Pravda, Hana Belská, Hanna-Maria Pravda, Hana Becková, Hana Alexandrová or Hana Pravdová was a British actor.

Pravda was born in Prague but fled from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London in 1939. She began her acting career in the 1940s, performing on both stage and screen. She was known for her versatile roles, ranging from drama to comedy.

Throughout her career, Pravda worked with notable actors such as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, and Richard Burton. She appeared in several British TV series and films, including Doctor Who, Coronation Street, and The Spy Who Loved Me.

In addition to her acting career, Pravda was also a successful voiceover artist. She lent her voice to several radio dramas and commercials.

Pravda passed away in 2008 at the age of 92. Her legacy continues to live on in her impressive body of work and contributions to the entertainment industry.

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Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell (May 31, 1916 Grantham-June 6, 2004 London) a.k.a. Judy Gambel or Judith Mary Gamble was a British actor and playwright. She had three children, Jane Birkin, Andrew Birkin and Linda Mary Birkin.

Campbell began her acting career in the 1930s and went on to take on a number of roles in British theatre. Some of her most notable performances were in the plays, "Dear Octopus" and "The Happy Hypocrite". In addition to her work in theatre, Campbell appeared in a number of films, including "This Man is News" and "Murder She Said". She was also a talented playwright, and wrote a number of successful plays throughout her career.

In her personal life, Campbell was briefly married to Lieutenant Peter Finch, with whom she had a son, before marrying Birkin in 1945. She and Birkin remained married until his death in 1991. In addition to her children with Birkin, Campbell was stepmother to musician John Barry, who was Birkin's son from a previous relationship.

Towards the end of her life, Campbell suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in London in 2004 at the age of 88.

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Pamela Mason

Pamela Mason (March 10, 1916 Westgate-on-Sea-June 29, 1996 Beverly Hills) otherwise known as Pamela Ostrer or Pamela Kellino was a British screenwriter, actor and author. She had two children, Portland Mason and Morgan Mason.

Pamela Mason began her acting career in the 1930s, appearing in various British films such as "The Mill on the Floss" and "The Beachcomber". She went on to become a successful Hollywood star in the 1940s, appearing in films such as "Forever and a Day" and "Five Graves to Cairo". In 1946, she married actor James Mason, and the couple appeared in several films together including "The Seventh Veil" and "Lady Possessed".

After their divorce in 1964, Pamela Mason focused on her screenwriting and authored several books. Her memoir, "The House That Died", chronicled her experiences of living in a haunted house in England with her ex-husband James Mason. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the film "Shadow of the Thin Man" and published a novel titled "Ravished Oasis". Pamela Mason will be remembered as a talented actor, writer and author.

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Joyce Heron

Joyce Heron (November 6, 1916 Port Said-April 1, 1980 London) also known as Elizabeth Joyce Heron was a British actor.

She appeared in numerous films and television shows during her career, including the films "The Night We Got the Bird" (1961) and "Deadly Game" (1977), as well as the BBC TV series "The Forsyte Saga" (1967) and "Doctor Who" (1979).

Heron began her acting career on stage in the 1940s and continued to perform in theater productions throughout her career, including in the West End productions of "Seagulls Over Sorrento" and "The Gazebo". In addition to her work as an actor, she also directed several plays and was a drama coach for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Heron was married to fellow actor and director Peter Ashmore from 1949 until his death in 1981. She passed away in 1980 at the age of 63.

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Pearl Hackney

Pearl Hackney (October 28, 1916 Burton-upon-Trent-September 18, 2009 Herne Bay) was a British actor and dancer. Her child is called Petronella Barker.

Pearl Hackney was known for her roles in theatre productions, radio plays, and television shows. She appeared in many productions including "The Benny Hill Show," "Dixon of Dock Green," and "The Army Game." She was also a regular on the BBC radio program "Much Binding in the Marsh."

Pearl was married to fellow actor and comedian Eric Barker, who passed away in 1990. They had one child together, Petronella Barker, who is also an actor. Pearl continued to act well into her 80s and was known for her sharp wit and sense of humor. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 92.

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Patricia Hilliard

Patricia Hilliard (March 14, 1916 Quetta-June 14, 2001 Sussex) otherwise known as Patricia Maud Penn-Gaskell was a British actor. Her children are called Alexandra Fox and Nicholas Fox.

Hilliard began her acting career in the 1940s and appeared in numerous stage productions, as well as films and television shows. She had a prominent role in the well-known British soap opera, "Crossroads," and also appeared in the popular television series "The Avengers." In addition to her acting work, Hilliard was also an accomplished writer and published several novels under the pen name Patricia Maud Penn-Gaskell. She won critical acclaim for her work both on stage and in literature. Hilliard passed away in 2001 at the age of 85.

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Irene von Meyendorff

Irene von Meyendorff (June 6, 1916 Tallinn-September 28, 2001 London) also known as Irene Isabella Margarethe Paulina Caecilia Freiin von Meyendorff, Irene Von Meyendorff, Baroness Irene Isabella Margarete Pauline Caecila von Meyendorff, Irene v. Meyendorff or Irina was a British actor. She had one child, Andreas Zahler.

Irene von Meyendorff was born in Tallinn, Estonia to a noble German-Baltic family. Her father was a general in the Czarist Russian army and her mother was a concert pianist. After the Russian revolution of 1917, her family fled to Germany where she grew up and later began her acting career.

She made her stage debut in 1938 at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and soon became a popular actress in German cinema during the 1940s. She appeared in a number of well-known films including "Münchhausen" (1943) and "The Blum Affair" (1948).

In 1952, von Meyendorff moved to England where she continued her acting career. She appeared in a number of British films including "Third Party Risk" (1954) and "Carry On Admiral" (1957). She also appeared on stage in London's West End and made appearances on British television.

In addition to her acting career, von Meyendorff was also an accomplished singer and painter. She was known for her beauty and elegance and was a fixture in London's high society circles.

Von Meyendorff was married twice and had one son, Andreas Zahler. She passed away in London in 2001 at the age of 85.

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Noel Dyson

Noel Dyson (December 23, 1916 Newton Heath-June 29, 1995 Winchcombe) a.k.a. Elsie Noel Dyson, Noël Dyson or Nöel Dyson was a British actor.

She was best known for playing characters in popular TV series and films such as "The Avengers", "Doctor Who", "The Good Life", "To Sir, with Love" and "Please Sir!". Dyson began her acting career in the 1950s and was a regular on the stage and radio before transitioning to on-screen work. She was also a writer and contributed scripts to various TV shows. Dyson continued to work in the entertainment industry until her retirement in the late 1980s.

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