Dame Margaret Rutherford (1892-1972) b. London, England.
Margaret Rutherford became one of the best-loved eccentric character actresses in the post-war cinema. While her ample frame lacked the conventional appearance of the female star, her performances never lacked sparkle, though her gung-ho ebullience was often laced with something quite touching. Some of her finest parts came from theatre – she had already played Madame Arcati and Miss Prism on the stage before she repeated the roles in the screen adaptations of Blithe Spirit (1945) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).
She was mystically dotty in Blithe Spirit, academically dotty in Passport to Pimlico (1949), domestically dotty in I’m All Right Jack (1959), classically dotty as Mistress Quickly in Welles’ Chimes at Midnight (1966), and inquisitively dotty as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in the series of films she made for MGM in the early 1960s – Murder She Said (1961), Murder at the Gallop (1963), Murder Most Foul (1964), Murder Ahoy (1964) and The Alphabet Murders (1965). She received an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for The V.I.Ps (1963).