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Feb 18, 1909

Dorothy Katherine Standing (February 18, 1909 - May 4, 1980), better known under the stage name Kay Hammond, was an English stage and film actress. She was born in London, England as Dorothy Katherine Standing, the daughter of Sir Guy Standing and his wife, Dorothy. She studied at RADA and first appeared on the London stage in 1927. Her most famous role was that of Elvira in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, which she played in the original stage production. She reprised her role in the 1945 film version opposite Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford and Constance Cummings. Hammond's first husband was baronet Sir Ronald George Leon, their son is John Leon (the actor John Standing). Her second husband was the stage actor Sir John Clements. Kay Hammond died in Brighton, aged 71, from undisclosed causes, on 4 May 1980. Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies - John Walker (editor), 14th edition, 2001, ISBN 0-06-093507-3


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