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Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), Actress and writer

Joyce Irene Grenfell

Sitter in 26 portraits
Entertainer. Daughter of an architect, wife of a chartered accountant, niece of Nancy Astor, Joyce Grenfell made her break as an entertainer in Herber Farjeon's The Little Revue in 1939. She worked with ENSA during the Second World War and became a familiar face in a number of films from (1953) to the St Trinian's series (1954-6). In 1954 her hour solo programme which toured the world. On radio, television and on stage her brilliant cast of characters, including the nursery school teacher, the vice-chancellor's wife, the American mother and the cockney girlfriend, established her as one of the best-loved comedians of her time.

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P897

Joyce Grenfell

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P897

P814

Joyce Grenfell

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG P814

P815

Joyce Grenfell

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG P815

x38426

Joyce Grenfell

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x38426

x14091

Joyce Grenfell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1944
NPG x14091

x16902

Joyce Grenfell

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1952
NPG x16902

x76240

Joyce Grenfell

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1962
NPG x76240

x23333

Joyce Grenfell

by Janet Stone
bromide print, 1968
NPG x23333

D17943(71)

Joyce Grenfell

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s
NPG D17943(71)

x193384

Joyce Grenfell

by Unknown photographer
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 15 March 1950
NPG x193384

x25899

Joyce Grenfell

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate safety negative, 1952
NPG x25899

x39416

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39416

x39417

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39417

x39418

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39418

x39419

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39419

x39420

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39420

x39421

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39421

x39422

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39422

x39423

Joyce Grenfell

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 16 May 1952
NPG x39423

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