Kay Kendall was an English actress and comedienne. She began her film career in the musical film London Town. Although the film was a financial failure, Kendall continued to work regularly until her appearance in the comedy film Genevieve brought her widespread recognition. Most 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. She began a romantic relationship with actor Rex Harrison after they appeared together in the comedy film The Constant Husband and they were married in 1957. Harrison learned from Kendall’s doctor that she had been diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, a fact that was kept from Kendall, who believed she was suffering from an iron deficiency. The actor cared for Kendall until her death at the age of 32.
|Born:||Justine Kay Kendall McCarthy, May 21, 1927, Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, England|
|Died:||September 6, 1959, London, England|
|Resting place:||Churchyard of St John-at-Hampstead Church, Church Row, Hampstead, London|
|Relatives:||Cavan Kendall (paternal half-brother), Marie Kendall (paternal grandmother)|
|IMDb:||Kay Kendall’s IMDb|
About Kay Kendall
English actress who has appeared in numerous films including London Town, Dance Hall and Genevieve. She won a Golden Globe Award in 1958 for her role in Les Girls.
She attended the Lydia Kyasht Dancing Academy when she was young.
Her life is described in the 2002 book The Brief, Madcap Life Of Kay Kendall by Eve Golden and Kim Elizabeth Kendall.
She was married to Rex Harrison from 1957 until her death in 1959.
She co-starred with Yul Brynner in the 1960 film Once More, With Feeling!
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- Burials at St John-at-Hampstead
- Best Musical or Comedy Actress Golden Globe (film) winners
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