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Athene Seyler

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Athene Seyler, CBE (31 May 1889 – 12 September 1990) was an English actress. Although better known as a stage actress - she first appeared on the stage in 1909 - she made her film debut in 1921, and became known for playing slightly dotty old ladies in many British films from the 1930s to the 1960s. Her most memorable stage credits included Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and a double-act, with her good friend Dame Sybil Thorndike, as the murderous spinster sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace. Her film and television career lasted into the 1960s, and included roles in The Citadel (1938), Night of the Demon (1957), and The Avengers (1964, 1965). She was also a regular cast member in screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' novels. She virtually retired from acting after 1970, but continued making public appearances until well into the 1980s. In 1990, at the age of 101, she appeared at the National Theatre, talking about her long life and career. Athene Seyler was President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1950, and a member of the Theatrical Ladies' Guild. She also wrote The Craft of Comedy. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1959.

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May 31, 1889 In Hackney, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Adventures of Mr. Pickwick 1921-11-01
Latest Project:
Movie Nurse on Wheels 1963-01-03
Known For
Poster of Satan Never Sleeps
Poster of The Avengers
Poster of The Third Man
Poster of Scrooge
Movie Nurse on Wheels Miss Farthingale 1963-01-03
Movie Satan Never Sleeps Sister Agness 1962-03-23
Movie Two and Two Make Six Aunt Phoebe Tonks 1962-05-01
Movie The Girl on the Boat Mrs Adelaide Hignett 1962-08-05
Series The Avengers Unknown 1961-01-07
Movie Francis of Assisi Aunt Buona 1961-07-12
Movie Visa to Canton Mao Tai Tai 1960-12-26
Movie Make Mine Mink Dame Beatrice Appleby 1960-08-09
Series The Third Man Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Miss Pross 1958-02-07
Movie Happy Is the Bride Aunt Harriet 1958-03-04
Movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Jeannie Lawson 1958-12-11
Movie Doctor at Large Lady Hawkins 1957-03-26
Movie How to Murder a Rich Uncle Grannie (Victoria Clitterbern) 1957-06-01
Movie Campbell's Kingdom Miss Abigail 1957-09-03
Movie Night of the Demon Mrs. Karswell 1957-11-09
Movie Yield to the Night Miss Bligh 1956-06-19
Movie As Long as They're Happy Mrs. Arbuthnot 1955-03-15
Movie The Weak and the Wicked Millie Williams 1954-02-02
Movie For Better, for Worse Miss Mainbrace 1954-06-20
Movie The Beggar's Opera Mrs. Trapes 1953-10-05
Movie Treasure Hunt Consuelo Howard 1952-06-01
Movie Made in Heaven Miss Honeycroft 1952-11-01
Movie The Pickwick Papers Miss Witherfield 1952-11-14
Movie The Franchise Affair Aunt Lin 1951-02-19
Movie Young Wives' Tale Nanny Gallop 1951-11-01
Movie The Queen of Spades Princess Ivashin 1949-03-16
Movie Dear Octopus Aunt Belle 1943-09-20
Movie Quiet Wedding Aunt Mary 1941-04-19
Movie The Saint in London Mother Buckley 1939-06-30
Movie Sailing Along Victoria Gulliver 1938-04-15
Movie The Citadel Lady Raebank 1938-10-29
Movie The Ware Case Mrs Pinto 1938-12-02
Movie The Mill on the Floss Mrs. Pullet 1937-01-09
Movie The Lilac Domino Madame Alary 1937-03-31
Movie Non-Stop New York Aunt Veronica 1937-09-13
Movie It's Love Again Mrs. Durland 1936-05-30
Movie Sensation Madame Henry 1936-12-16
Movie Moscow Nights Madame Anna Sabine 1935-11-05
Movie Drake of England Queen Elizabeth 1935-06-10
Movie Scrooge Scrooge's Charwoman 1935-11-26
Movie Blossom Time Archduchess Maria Victoria 1934-01-01
Movie The Private Life of Don Juan Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment 1934-01-01
Movie Be Mine Tonight Mrs. Pategg 1932-10-31
Movie The Perfect Lady Lady Westhaven 1931-11-01
Movie The Adventures of Mr. Pickwick Rachel Wardle 1921-11-01