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There is Nothing Like a Dame

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  • There is Nothing Like a Dame

    I am reviving this thread from the old forum, it is a list of actresses who have been honoured with a Damehood.

    The list below contains 'acting' Dame's, from career actresses to ladies who started in the profession then quit and changed direction (Rebecca West, Joan Bakewell etc.), ladies from other professions who have taken up acting and child actresses (Anna McLaren and Joyanne Bracewell). I have included stars of Opera and Ballet but only if they have made dramatic appearances.
    I have added dates of birth and death and details of honours with higher precedence or privilege, Baroness for Peers, OM for Order of Merit, CH for Companion of Honour, I have only noted the courtesy titles of those below who are/were married to Peers, Baronets or Knights.
    Key to performances (S) Stage, (F) Film, (TV) Television

    Dame May Whitty 1865-1948 S,F,TV
    Dame Nellie Melba GBE 1861-1931 F
    Dame Genevieve Ward 1837-1922 S
    Dame Ellen Terry GBE 1847-1928 S,F
    Dame Madge Kendal 1848-1935 S
    Dame Sybil Thorndike CH 1882-1976 S,F,TV
    Dame Marie Tempest 1864-1942 S.F.TV
    Dame Irene Vanbrugh 1872-1949 S,F.TV
    Dame Lilian Braithwaite 1873-1948 S,F
    Dame Edith Evans 1888-1976 S,F,TV
    Dame Peggy Ashcroft 1907-1991 S.F.TV
    Dame Ninette De Valois OM,CH 1898-2001 F
    Dame Margot Fonteyn 1919-1991 F
    Dame Maggie Teyte 1888-1976 S
    Dame Rebecca West 1892-1983 S,F
    Dame Judith Anderson 1897-1971 S,F.TV
    Dame Flora Robson 1902-1984 S,F,TV
    Dame Marie Rambert 1888-1982 F
    Dame Alicia Markova 1910-2004 F,TV
    Dame Ngaio Marsh 1895-1982 S,TV
    Dame Gladys Cooper 1888-1971 S,F,TV
    Dame Margaret Rutherford 1892-1972 S,F,TV
    Dame Anna Neagle 1904-1986 S,F,TV
    Dame Peggy Van Praagh 1910-1990 TV
    Dame Cicely Courtneidge 1893-1980 S.F.TV
    Dame Wendy Hiller 1912-2003 S,F,TV
    Dame Vera Lynn CH 1917 S,F,TV
    Dame Gracie Fields 1898-1979 S,F,TV
    Dame Joan Sutherland O,M 1926-2010 F
    Dame Celia Johnson 1908-1982 S,F.TV
    Dame Ruby Litchfield 1912-2001 S
    Dame Doris Fitton 1897-1986 S,F
    Dame Kiri Te Kanawa 1944 F,TV
    Dame Gwyneth Jones 1936 F,TV
    Dame Merle Park 1937 TV
    Dame Judi Dench CH 1934 S,F,TV
    Dame Maggie Smith CH 1934 S,F,TV
    Dame Joyanne Bracewell 1934-2007 F
    Dame Gwen ffrangcon Davies 1891-1992 S,F,TV
    Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1915-2006 F
    Dame Pat Evison 1924-2010 S,F,TV
    Dame Thora Hird 1911-2003 S,F,TV
    Dame Anna McLaren 1927-2007 F
    Dame Diana Rigg 1938 S,F,TV
    Dame Josephine Barstow 1940 F
    Dame Antoinette Sibley 1939 F
    Dame Kate Harcourt 1927 S,F,TV
    Dame Felicity Lott 1947 F,TV
    Dame Cleo Laine 1927 S,F,TV
    Dame Julie Andrews 1935 S,F,TV
    Dame Beryl Bainbridge 1935-2010 S,F,TV
    Dame Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011 S,F,TV
    Dame Dorothy Tutin 1930-2001 S,F,TV
    Dame Eileen Atkins 1934 S,F,TV
    Dame Helen Mirren 1945 S,F,TV
    Dame Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier D,B,E) 1929 S,F,TV
    Dame Joan Bakewell (Baroness Bakewell D,B,E) S,F,TV
    Dame Margaret Drabble 1939 S
    Dame Monica Mason 1941 F,TV
    Dame Heather Begg 1932-2009 TV
    Dame Harriet Walter 1850 S,F,TV
    Dame Janet Suzman 1939 S,F,TV
    Dame Felicity Palmer 1944 S,TV
    Dame Penelope Keith 1940 S,F,TV
    Dame Gillian Lynne 1926 S,F,TV
    Dame Angela Lansbury 1925 S,F,TV
    Dame Kristen Scott Thomas 1960 S,F,TV
    Dame Joan Collins 1933 S,F,TV
    Dame Sian Philips 1933 S,F,TV
    Dame Barbara Windsor 1937 S,F,TV
    Dame Penelope Wilton 1946 S,F,TV
    Dame Patricia Routledge 1929 S,F,TV
    Dame Sarah Connolly 1963 S,TV
    Dame Olivia De Haviland 1916 S,F,TV
    Dame Julie Walters 1950 S,F,TV
    Dame June Whitfield 1925 S,F,TV
    Dame Darcey Bussell 1969 F,TV

    Last edited by philly; 27th February 2018, 03:13 PM.