|Died||13 January 1976 (aged 53)|
(m. 1947; div. 1955)
(m. 1957; div. 1961)
Margaret Leighton, CBE (26 February 1922 – 13 January 1976) was an English actress, active on stage and television, and in film. Her film appearances included (her first credited debut feature) in Anatole de Grunwald's The Winslow Boy (1948). For The Go-Between (1971), she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Leighton began her career on stage in 1938, before joining the Old Vic and making her Broadway debut in 1946. A four-time Tony Award nominee, she twice won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play: for the original Broadway productions of Separate Tables (1957) and The Night of the Iguana (1962). She also won an Emmy Award for a 1970 television version of Hamlet.
Born in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, Leighton made her stage debut as Dorothy in Laugh with Me (1938), which also was performed that year for BBC Television. She became a star of the Old Vic. Her Broadway debut was as the Queen in Henry IV (1946), starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson during a visit of the Old Vic to the U.S., and the company performed a total of five plays from its repertoire before returning to London.
After appearing in two British films, including the starring role of Flora MacDonald opposite David Niven in Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) and in the popular The Winslow Boy (also 1948), the actress appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Under Capricorn (1949) and the crime/mystery Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951). In the U.S., she portrayed the wife of a presidential candidate in The Best Man (1964).
Leighton won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Separate Tables (1956); she won another Tony in that category for The Night of the Iguana (1962), playing Hannah Jelkes (a role played by Deborah Kerr in the film version) opposite Bette Davis's Maxine Faulk. Leighton was nominated for Best Actress in a Play for Much Ado About Nothing (1959) and for Tchin-Tchin (1962). Her last appearance on Broadway was as Birdie Hubbard in a revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1967).
She had a noteworthy list of TV appearances, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey and Burke's Law. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama for Hamlet (1970) and she was nominated for an Emmy in 1966 for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for four episodes of Dr. Kildare. Her final TV performance was in the first season of Space: 1999 where she played Queen Arra in the episode "Collision Course."
For her film role as Mrs Maudsley in The Go-Between (1971), Leighton won the British BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role. She received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Actress for her role as Valerie Carrington in Carrington V.C. (1954).
Leighton was married three times, to publisher Max Reinhardt from 1947 to 1955, to actor Laurence Harvey from 1957 to 1961, and to actor Michael Wilding from 1964 until her death. She had no children by any of the marriages.
She was appointed a CBE in 1974. Leighton died of multiple sclerosis in 1976, aged 53, in Chichester, Sussex.
|1948||The Winslow Boy||Catherine Winslow||First credited feature|
|1948||Bonnie Prince Charlie||Flora MacDonald|
|1950||The Astonished Heart||Leonora Vail|
|1950||The Elusive Pimpernel||Marguerite Blakeney|
|1951||Calling Bulldog Drummond||Helen Smith|
|1952||Home at Seven||Janet Preston|
|1952||The Holly and the Ivy||Margaret Gregory|
|1954||The Good Die Young||Eve Ravenscourt|
|1954||The Teckman Mystery||Helen Teckman|
|1955||The Constant Husband||Counsel for the Defence|
|1957||The Passionate Stranger||Judith Wynter / Leonie Hathaway|
|1959||The Sound and the Fury||Caddy Compson|
|1962||Waltz of the Toreadors||Emily Fitzjohn|
|1964||The Best Man||Alice Russell|
|1965||The Loved One||Helen Kenton|
|1966||7 Women||Agatha Andrews|
|1969||The Madwoman of Chaillot||Constance|
|1971||The Go-Between||Mrs. Maudsley|
|1972||X, Y, and Zee||Gladys|
|1972||Lady Caroline Lamb||Lady Melbourne|
|1973||Bequest to the Nation||Frances Nelson|
|1974||From Beyond the Grave||Madame Orloff||Segment: "The Elemental"|
|1975||Galileo||Elderly Court Lady|
|1976||Trial by Combat||Ma Gore|
|1938||Laugh with Me||Dorothy||BBC TV play|
|1947||Everyman||Beauty||BBC TV play|
|1948||Arms and the Man||Raina Petkoff||BBC TV adaptation|
|1951, 1953||Sunday Night Theatre||Catherine Bailey, Rosalind, Lucasta Angel||Episodes: "Release (I)", "As You Like It", "The Confidential Clerk"|
|1955||ITV Opening Night at the Guildhall||Gwendolen Fairfax||TV film|
|1955, 1960||ITV Play of the Week||Natalya Petrovna, Mrs. Manningham||Episodes: "A Month in the Country", "Gaslight"|
|1956||Theatre Royal||Marion||Episode: "The Triumphant"|
|1957||Suspicion||Miss Perry||Episode: "The Sparkle of Diamonds"|
|1958||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Iris Teleton||Episode: "Tea Time"|
|1959||Playhouse 90||Miss Kerrison||Episode: "The Second Man"|
|1959||DuPont Show of the Month||Millie Crocker-Harris||Episode: "The Browning Version"|
|1964||Ben Casey||Leila Farr||Episode: "August Is the Month Before Christmas"|
|1964||Burke's Law||Connie Hanson||Episode: "Who Killed Everybody?"|
|1965||Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Nell Snyder||Episode: "Where the Woodbine Twineth"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Chris Becker||Guest role (season 5)|
|1966||The F.B.I.||Amy Hunter||Episode: "The Chameleon"|
|1966||The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Gita Volander||Episode: "The Lethal Eagle Affair"|
|1968||A Touch of Venus||Rosemary||Episode: "All on Her Own"|
|1968–69||Play of the Month||Helen Lancaster, Mrs. Cheveley||Episodes: "Waters of the Moon", "An Ideal Husband"|
|1969||Judd, for the Defense||Mary Wright||Episode: "The Crystal Maze"|
|1969||The Wednesday Play||Florence Lancaster||Episode: "The Vortex"|
|1970||The Name of the Game||Amelia Rayner||Episode: "The King of Denmark"|
|1970||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Gertrude||Episode: "Hamlet"|
|1972||Armchair Theatre||Lady Huntercombe||Episode: "Hot Summer: Do Not Sell"|
|1973||The Upper Crusts||Lady Seacroft||TV series|
|1973||Frankenstein: The True Story||Francoise DuVal||TV film|
|1974||Great Expectations||Miss Havisham||TV film|
|1975||Space: 1999||Arra||Episode: "Collision Course"|
|1955||BAFTA Award for Best British Actress||Carrington V.C.||Nominated|
|1957||Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play||Separate Tables||Won|
|1960||Much Ado About Nothing||Nominated|
|1962||The Night of the Iguana||Won|
|1966||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance in a Drama||Dr. Kildare||Nominated|
|1971||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Hamlet||Won|
|1972||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress||The Go-Between||Nominated|
|BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Won|