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Carey, Joyce (1898-1993)

Actor, Writer

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The daughter of actress Lilian Braithwaite, Joyce Carey was born in London on 30 March 1898, was on stage from 1918 and stayed there for nearly 70 years, at 86 playing Peter O'Toole's mother in Pygmalion(1984). She made three silent films, but her screen career really began when she played Bernard Miles's wife in In Which We Serve (1942), by Noël Coward, in whose plays she often starred. Her imposing screen persona comprehended the pseudo-refined barmaid in Brief Encounter (d. David Lean, 1945), acidulous spinsters (The Way to the Stars, d. Anthony Asquith, 1945; The Chiltern Hundreds, d. John Paddy Carstairs, 1949; Libel, d. Asquith, 1959), loving wives (Cry, the Beloved Country, d. Zoltan Korda, 1952), and warm-hearted upper-class aunts (A Nice Girl Like Me, d. Desmond Davis, 1969). She wrote two plays as Jay Mallory, and received the OBE in 1982.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of Blithe Spirit (1945)Blithe Spirit (1945)

Noël Coward comedy about a ghost who won't stay still

Thumbnail image of Brief Encounter (1945)Brief Encounter (1945)

Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson start a great British romance

Thumbnail image of Cry, The Beloved Country (1952)Cry, The Beloved Country (1952)

South African drama about a black man accused of killing a white one

Thumbnail image of In Which We Serve (1942)In Which We Serve (1942)

David Lean/Noël Coward classic about a bombed WWII destroyer

Thumbnail image of London Belongs To Me (1948)London Belongs To Me (1948)

Eccentric comedy-thriller about a fake psychic and an accidental murder

Thumbnail image of V.I.P.s, The (1963)V.I.P.s, The (1963)

Assorted celebrities are stranded in an airport when fog hits the runway

Thumbnail image of Way to the Stars, The (1945)Way to the Stars, The (1945)

Deceptively low-key drama about RAF pilots in World War II

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