Bettine Le Beau
Bettina Le Beau.jpg
Le Beau in c. 1963
Born(1932-03-23)23 March 1932
Antwerp, Belgium
Died8 September 2015(2015-09-08) (aged 83)
Finchley, London, England, UK
OccupationActress and writer
Years active1959-1987
Spouse(s)Peter Lebow (? - ?) (2 children)[citation needed]
Harry Michaels[1]

Bettina Le Beau (23 March 1932 – 8 September 2015), also known as Bettine Le Beau, was a Belgian actress known for her film, radio and television appearances in the UK.

Life

During the Second World War, Le Beau was separated from her parents; as she was Jewish, and was held in a concentration camp in southern France. Le Beau escaped from Camp DeGurs and was helped by a family who hid her from the Nazis. Le Beau went to Britain in 1945 and attended Pitman's College. She worked as a model, graphologist and cabaret artist and learned several languages.[2]

As an actress her television appearances include The Benny Hill Show,[3] The Prisoner, Call My Bluff and The Golden Shot. Film appearances include My Last Duchess, San Ferry Ann, The Devil's Daffodil and an uncredited role as Professor Dent's secretary in the first James Bond film, Dr. No. On radio, Le Beau was a regular on the BBC World Service programme Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?, a version of Twenty Questions.

Le Beau worked on a programme for women on radio and wrote a book entitled Help Yourself to Happiness (ISBN 0953421600), and also lectured on her experience of The Holocaust.[4]

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ The Daily Telegraph
  2. ^ Markosky, Cheryl (10 April 2008). "Bettine Le Beau: The seven year itch". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  3. ^ Singh, Anita (6 November 2009). "Benny Hill stamp was rejected by Royal Mail". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  4. ^ Kasriel, Alex (28 January 2004). "Service for Holocaust victims". Hendon & Finchley Times. Retrieved 15 July 2011.