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Oldest Living Avengers Film, Television and Stage Actress?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Oldest Living Avengers Film, Television and Stage Actress? Reply with quote

Here is an interesting quiz question:
name the oldest living/surviving Film, Television and Stage actress who appeared in The Avengers?
I recently came across, who I think is the answer, quite by chance.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes interesting question. So I'm assuming it's not Honor and therefore we are looking for someone older than 93.

My first thought was Fenella Fielding but I see she is only 90.

Your inclusion of Stage sent me looking in that direction but sadly of the principal cast only John Landry (Mother) is still alive. I'm sure he's not that old and in any case you specified "actress"!

Just this small bit of research has shown me that very sadly a further question could be "how many" of The Avengers cast are still with us. Sadly few now.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to my research, oldest living Avengers film, television and stage actress maybe Elizabeth Sellars. Wink That is, if currently Elizabeth is still alive, she is oldest Avengers actress. Very Happy

Born: May 6, 1921 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Birthday is confirmed. Wink


Oldest confirmed living actor who participated in The Avengers is Geoffrey Chater.

Born: March 23, 1921 in Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Denis, that's exactly right Smile Elizabeth is 95, two years older than Honor, and thankfully still with us. It's so sad Ian, that so many have left us.
I was watching Elizabeth Sellars in her debut film, the excellent drama, Floodtide (1949) set in Glasgow and the Clydebank Shipyards,
opposite Gordon Jackson, Jack Lambert (Castle De'ath) and Rona Anderson and thought I'm sure she starred in a lot of TV series in the 1960's. Elizabeth played Laura in the Tara King episode Take-Over.

She could have played either Cathy Gale or Emma Peel had the roles been created just a few years earlier.
Elizabeth played a femme-fatale in the thriller Forbidden Cargo (1953) and played Lady Sarah Robertson in 55 Days At Peking, and played Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on stage three years before Maggie Smith played Jean Brodie on screen.
I think Elizabeth, who is Scottish, would have been the better choice for the movie version.
Beautiful Elizabeth Sellars and Diana, both have that sublime ethereal acting-with-their-eyes ability and quality.
Elizabeth studied at, and graduated from, RADA and had she not been a brilliantly gifted actress, could have been a barrister - she studied Law for 5 years in England.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for such a detailed look at Elizabeth, who as turned is now 97 old. I always believed that she could be a great partner for Patrick Macnee in the Avengers. Smile
Unfortunately, in addition to the Avengers, I saw her only in the film The Mummy's Shroud (1967). I must admit at the viewing I was already surprised that she was the most memorable character in the film. As an experiment, I'm now trying to remember the other performers in mentioned film, but their images are coming up more blurred to me than Elizabeth (although she does not have the star role there). Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seems to be two different birth dates for Elizabeth Sellars,
IMDb and the National Portrait Gallery have 6th May 1923, whilst Wikipedia has 6th May 1921.
Forbidden Cargo from 1953 is a very good thriller, worth seeking out, but it's very hard to find, it was filmed partially on location on the French Riviera in Cannes.
In Recoil (1953) Elizabeth plays an Emma Peel type character who goes undercover to pose as a member of a criminal gang of jewel-thieves, one of which brutally murdered her father.
I can highly recommend both British movies Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought that Elizabeth was born in 1923, too, until recently found confirmation that the official birth certificate indicates 1921. Wink This is confirmed by other people too. Information on IMDb is temporary, I have already sent a request, sooner or later it will change for 1921. Wink

Ah thanks for the info about the movies Forbidden Cargo and Recoil with Elizabeth, I'll looking for up in Russian. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great research information Denis Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a few notable deaths recently, I love to hear about people connected with the show who are still alive.

Bless, Elizabeth. She's very good in Take Over and you really feel for her character.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many of Elizabeth's films can be seen on the UK Talking Pictures TV channel, including Floodtide (1949), Forbidden Cargo (1953), Recoil (1953), The Long Memory (1953) with John Mills,
The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Man in the Sky with Jack Hawkins (1957),
Madeleine (1950) directed by David Lean about the notorious real-life murder case in Glasgow, 1857.
Elizabeth plays Christina, Ann Todd plays Glasgow socialite and suspected poisoner, Madeleine Smith.
To this day, there is still controversy regarding this sensational murder trial, as to whether she was innocent or guilty - the case remains unsolved.
Well worth researching Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just checked - Elizabeth is still alive, 97 year old.

Now officially: Elizabeth is the oldest confirmed actress who played in The Avengers.
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