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Anna Neagle (1904-1986), Actress and film producer

Dame Anna Neagle

Sitter in 39 portraits
Born Marjorie Robertson in Essex, she first appeared on stage in 1917, and in 1925 joined the chorus line in C.B. Cochran revues, taking her mother's name in 1930. Her first film, Goodnight Vienna (1932), was directed by her future husband Herbert Wilcox, with whom she was to make thirty-two films. In 1939 Neagle went to Hollywood and made Nurse Edith Cavell (1939), and three musicals. She was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine. Returning to Britain in 1941, she made They Flew Alone, the life of Amy Johnson, and Yellow Canary (1943) about a suspected spy. She played the heroine in the film Odette (1950), about the French undercover agent tortured by the Nazis.

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6054

Anna Neagle

by McClelland Barclay
oil on canvas, 1940
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6054

x14154

Anna Neagle

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1930s
NPG x14154

x26598

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26598

x26599

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26599

x26600

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26600

x26601

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26601

x26602

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26602

x26603

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x26603

x85800

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x85800

x154972

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 March 1931
NPG x154972

x83443

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 24 March 1931
NPG x83443

x83444

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 24 March 1931
NPG x83444

x135052

Anna Neagle and Herbert Wilcox on the set of 'The Queen's Affair'

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 7 November 1933
NPG x135052

x135057

Anna Neagle presenting a prize to Mae Pope, winner of a Swan and Edgar competition

by Harold Tomlin, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 23 November 1933
NPG x135057

x135058

Anna Neagle and friends

by Harold Tomlin, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 23 November 1933
NPG x135058

x34225

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1938
NPG x34225

x34226

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1938
NPG x34226

x136756

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1953
NPG x136756

x136757

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1953
NPG x136757

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