Anna Neagle [Florence Marjorie Robertson] (1904-1986) b. London, England.
British actress whose career was developed almost exclusively from 1932 until 1959 by the director and producer Herbert Wilcox, who became her husband in 1940. Associated with historical roles in the 1930s, she graduated from an irrepressible Nell Gwyn (1934) to become a dignified Queen Victoria in the patriotically popular Victoria the Great (1937) and its sequel, Sixty Glorious Years (1938). A top box-office star of the 1940s, she played a wide range of strong independent women, from Edith Cavell in Nurse Edith Cavell (1939) to Amy Johnson in They Flew Alone (1942), Or from a spy in The Yellow Canary (1943) to a hero of the Resistance in Odette (1950).
She was, however, most associated with the dramas and musical romances of the upper classes known as the ‘Mayfair’ cycle – I Live in Grosvenor Square (1945), Piccadilly Incident (1946), The Courtneys of Curzon Street (1947), Spring in Park Lane (1948) and Maytime in Mayfair (1949). She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.