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Born: April 5, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, author, cake maker

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Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Closing Numbers (1994) Anna
4.
 Paris By Night (1988) Pauline
5.
 Dreamchild (1985) Mrs Liddell
6.
 Success Is the Best Revenge (1984) Bank Manager
7.
 Runners (1983) Helen
9.
 The Buttercup Chain (1971) Margaret
10.
 Deep End (1971) Susan
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
Film acting debut
1957:
Stage debut, "Housemaster" at the Frinton Summer Theatre
1960:
London stage debut in "Will You Walk a Little Faster"

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companion:
Paul McCartney. Singer, songwriter. Had five-year relationship c. 1963 to 1968.
husband:
Gerald Scarfe. Cartoonist. Married in 1971.

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father:
Richard Alan Asher. Endocrinologist. Discoverer of Munchausen syndrome; committed suicide in the 1960s.
mother:
Margaret Asher.
father:
Richard Asher. Doctor.
brother:
Peter Asher. Music producer, singer. Was part of the 1960s duo Peter & Gordon.
daughter:
Katie Scarfe. Born c. 1974.
son:
Alexander Scarfe. Born c. 1983.
son:
Rory Scarfe. Born c. 1985.
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