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July 11, 2022

Gorgeous Photos of Margaret Leighton in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1922 in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, English actress Margaret Leighton made her stage debut as Dorothy in Laugh with Me (1938). Her Broadway debut was as the Queen in Henry IV (1946), starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson during a visit of the Old Vic to the U.S., and the company performed a total of five plays from its repertoire before returning to London.

Leighton’s film appearances included (her first credited debut feature) in Anatole de Grunwald’s The Winslow Boy (1948). For The Go-Between (1971), she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

A four-time Tony Award nominee, Leighton twice won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play: for the original Broadway productions of Separate Tables (1957) and The Night of the Iguana (1962). She also won an Emmy Award for a 1970 television version of Hamlet.

Leighton was appointed a CBE in 1974. She died of multiple sclerosis in 1976, aged 53, in Chichester, Sussex. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Margaret Leighton in the 1940s and 1950s.


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