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November 14, 2022

35 Beautiful Photos of Kay Kendall in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1927 in Withernsea, a coastal resort in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, English actress and comedienne Kay Kendall began her film career in the musical film London Town (1946), a financial failure. She worked regularly until her appearance in the comedy film Genevieve (1953) brought her widespread recognition.

Prolific in British films, Kendall also achieved some popularity with American audiences, and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in the musical-comedy film Les Girls (1957).

Kendall began a romantic relationship with actor Rex Harrison after they appeared together in the comedy film The Constant Husband (1955) and they were married in 1957. Harrison learned from Kendall’s doctor that she had been diagnosed with myeloid leukaemia, a fact that was kept from Kendall, who believed she was suffering from an iron deficiency. The actor cared for Kendall until her death in 1959, at the age of 32.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of Kay Kendall in the 1940s and 1950s.

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