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Audley, Maxine (1923-1992)


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Maxine Audley (born in London on 29 April 1923) was a striking, dark-haired stage star trained for the stage in both New York and London, making her debut in 1940. She had seasons at Stratford (1949-1950, 1955, 1957) as well as appearing in modern plays and the musical 42nd Street (1986).

Her first film was the short The Pleasure Garden (d. James Broughton, 1952), and she had some memorable supporting roles, including Ada Leverson in The Trials of Oscar Wilde (d. Ken Hughes, 1960), Julia in Val Guest's excellent thriller Hell is a City (1959), and, most famously, Anna Massey's blind whisky-drinking mother in Michael Powell's notorious Peeping Tom (1960). She never again had such a rewarding batch and made several very minor 'B' movies, but she was stimulating company. She was still appearing on TV just before she died on 23 July 1992.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Cinema

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Tough thriller with Stanley Baker on a murder hunt in Manchester

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Alec Guinness is out of his depth in pre-revolution Cuba

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Notorious horror film which all but ended Michael Powell's career

Thumbnail image of Sleeping Tiger, The (1954)Sleeping Tiger, The (1954)

Joseph Losey's British debut stars Dirk Bogarde as a young criminal

Thumbnail image of Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The (1956-57)Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The (1956-57)

Arthurian swashbuckler starring later Dr Who companion William Russell

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A female detective confronts tough cases and prejudiced colleagues

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