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Summary Article: Lockwood, Margaret
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


Mary Margaret Lockwood Day


English actress

Born in Karachi, India, she studied at the Italia Conti School, then made her stage debut as a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1928). She subsequently studied at RADA before making her film debut in Lorna Doone (1934). Gaining a long-term contract with British Lion, she made a spirited young heroine in films like Midshipman Easy (1935) and The Beloved Vagabond (1936) before achieving stardom in The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Bank Holiday (1938). She was briefly in Hollywood before World War II, then returned to Great Britain and starred in costume melodramas like The Man in Grey (1943) and The Wicked Lady (1945). By 1946 she was judged to be Great Britain's favourite female star, but subsequent role choices failed to sustain her stardom and she played her last leading role in Cast a Dark Shadow (1955). She returned to the cinema for a final appearance as the wicked stepmother in The Slipper and the Rose (1976) and, after being awarded a CBE in 1980, spent her last years as a publicity-shy recluse.

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