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Joyce Grenfell

(1910-1979), Actress and writer

Joyce Irene Grenfell

Sitter in 27 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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