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Wendy Hiller

Dame Wendy Hiller was an English film and stage actress. She was born Wendy Margaret Hiller in Cheshire in England, daughter of Frank Watkin Hiller and Marie Stone. She made her professional debut as an actress in repertory at Manchester. She attracted the attention of George Bernard Shaw in the stage production of Love on the Dole, and he cast her in several of his plays, including Pygmalion, Saint Joan and Major Barbara.

She was nominated for an Oscar in 1938 for her first major film role in Pygmalion. She was nominated again in 1966 for A Man for All Seasons. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1958 for the film Separate Tables.

She was made a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1975 (see British honours system). For many years she was married to Ronald Gow, who adapted Walter Greenwood's novel Love on the Dole for the stage. Gow died in 1993.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Wendy Hiller Facts

Birth Name Wendy Margaret Hiller
BirthdayAugust 15, 1912
BirthplaceCheshire, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathMay 14, 2003 (age 90)
Awards1959 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Separate Tables)

Selected Filmography

Beverly Hills Cop III
Bicentennial Man
Anne Of Green Gables
A Man For All Seasons
Curse Of King Tut's Tomb
Elephant Man, The
The Elephant Man
BBC Shakespeare Histories DVD Giftbox
I Know Where I'm Going!
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