Madeleine Carroll Movies and Career Information

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Feb 26, 1906
West Bromwich
Actor

Edith Madeleine Carroll (26 February 1906 – 2 October 1987) was a British actress, popular in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born at 32 Herbert Street (now number 44) in West Bromwich, England. She graduated from the University of Birmingham, England with a B.A. degree. She once taught in a girl's public school. She made her stage debut with a touring company in The Lash. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful women in films (she won a film beauty competition to start herself off in the business), Carroll's aristocratic blonde allure and sophisticated style were first glimpsed by British movie audiences in The Guns of Loos in 1928. Rapidly rising to stardom in England, she graced such popular films of the early '30s as Young Woodley, Atlantic, The School for Scandal and I Was A Spy. She played the title role in the play Little Catherine. Abruptly, she announced plans to retire from films to devote herself to a private life with her husband, the first of four. She attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock and, in 1935, starred as one of the director's earliest prototypical cool, glib, intelligent blondes in The 39 Steps based on the espionage novel by John Buchan. The film

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