Born in London, she made her stage debut in 1925 at the Old Vic. However, her appearance was such that romantic heroines were almost out of the question, and she soon established her name in comedy, appearing in many of the most successful British films of the mid-20th century. In most of these films, she had originally played the role on stage.
In 1961, she first played the film role with which she was most often associated in later life, that of Miss Marple in a series of films based on the novels of Agatha Christie.
Her husband was the actor Stringer Davis, whom she married in 1945 and with whom she often appeared. Rutherford was awarded an OBE in 1961 and in 1967 she was created a Dame of the British Empire (DBE). She was a cousin of the politician, Tony Benn.
She suffered from Alzheimer's disease at the end of her life, and died 11 days after her 80th birthday, of complications from a hip injury. She is buried along with her husband in the graveyard of St. James Church, Gerrards Cross.
Margaret Rutherford Facts
|Birthday||May 11, 1892|
|Birthplace||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Date of death||May 22, 1972 (age 80)|
|Awards||1964 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for The V.I.P.s)|
|1964 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for The VIPS)|
|Castle in the Air|
|Murder, She Said|
|Murder Most Foul|
|Murder at the Gallop|
|Agatha Christie's Miss Marple|
|Chimes at Midnight|
|Bad News Blair|