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Kay Kendall (1926-1959), Actress

Sitter in 10 portraits
First appeared on screen in 1944 and became a major star playing opposite Kenneth More in Genevieve (1953). Other films included Doctor in the House (1954) and The Constant Husband (1955),when she first met her Rex Harrison who married her in 1957. Her starring role opposite Gene Kelly in the Hollywood musical Les Girls (1957) attracted plaudits by the critics who compared her to Carole Lombard. Already ill with leukemia she made only two more films The Reluctant Debutante (1958) and Once More, with Feeling! (1960).

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P387

Kay Kendall

by Fred Daniels
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG P387

P869(18)

Kay Kendall

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1957
NPG P869(18)

x75963

Kay Kendall

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1948
NPG x75963

x133204

Kay Kendall

by Fred Daniels
modern print from original negative, 1949
NPG x133204

x133205

Kay Kendall

by Fred Daniels
modern print from original negative, 1949
NPG x133205

x133206

Kay Kendall

by Fred Daniels
modern print from original negative, 1949
NPG x133206

x68273

Kay Kendall

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1950s
NPG x68273

x127229

Kay Kendall

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x127229

x194280

Kay Kendall as Monica Hathaway and Rex Harrison as William Egerton in 'The Constant Husband'

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1955
NPG x194280

x139808

Vivien Leigh; Kay Kendall; Sir Noël Coward; Lauren Bacall

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage press print, 29 January 1959
NPG x139808