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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.