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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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Anna Neagle, by McClelland Barclay - NPG 6054

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14154

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26598

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26599

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26600

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26601

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26602

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26603

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85800

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x154972

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83443

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 24 March 1931
NPG x83443

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83444

Anna Neagle

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 24 March 1931
NPG x83444

Anna Neagle and Herbert Wilcox on the set of 'The Queen's Affair', by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG 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

Anna Neagle presenting a prize to Mae Pope, winner of a Swan and Edgar competition, by Harold Tomlin, for  Daily Herald - NPG 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

Anna Neagle and friends, by Harold Tomlin, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135058

Anna Neagle and friends

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34225

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34226

Anna Neagle

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

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x136756

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

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

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein, by Ida Kar - NPG x136757

Anna Neagle; Jacob Epstein

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

Jacob Epstein; Anna Neagle, by Ida Kar - NPG x125065

Jacob Epstein; Anna Neagle

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x125065

Anna Neagle; Herbert Wilcox, by Bob Collins - NPG x136346

Anna Neagle; Herbert Wilcox

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1956
NPG x136346

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125804

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125804

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125805

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125805

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125806

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125806

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125807

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125807

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125808

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125808

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125809

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125809

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125810

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125810

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125811

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125811

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125812

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125812

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125813

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125813

Anna Neagle, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125814

Anna Neagle

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 18 April 1962
NPG x125814

Anna Neagle, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166081

Anna Neagle

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 August 1968
NPG x166081

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

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Anna Neagle

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1968
NPG x186811

Web image not currently available

Anna Neagle

by Tom Hustler
bromide print
NPG x186810

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Ghost Seen at Denham ((Giles) Lytton Strachey; Dame Anna Neagle)

after Anthony Wysard
colour relief halftone, published in 'The Tatler' 29 September 1937
NPG D45907

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