January 2, 2017


Ann Todd (1909-1993) b. Hartford, Cheshire, England.

Ann Todd

Ann Todd started on the stage in 1928 before making her cinema debut in 1931. During the 1930s, she appeared in The Ghost Train (1931), The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934), Things to Come (1936) and South Riding (1938). After a promising beginning she appeared in numerous minor screen roles including until becoming internationally famous for her performance as an emotionally disturbed pianist in The Seventh Veil (1945). From 1949-57 she was married to director David Lean, who directed several of her films including The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950) and The Sound Barrier (1952). In the ’50s she found leading roles harder to come by and joined the Old Vic in London; appearing on stage in a number of Shakespeare plays. In the mid ’60s she began a second career as writer/producer of travel documentaries.

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