Dame May Whitty

  1. Gladys Cooper, The Bishop’s Wife, 1947.  Producer Sam Golwyn stopped everything, changed directors, had Oscar-winner Robert Sherwood’s script respun (by Billy Wilder among others) and ordered Cary Grant and David Niven to swop roles. The ensuing delay meant that Liverpool’s Whitty – acting since 1882, the first actress to be made a Dame In the UK (in 1918) and  best known/loved as The Lady  Vanishes, herself, in 1937 –  was no longer available for  the bishop’s benefactor Mrs. Hamilton. Gladys Cooper became a Dame,  herself, in 1967.

 Birth year: 1885Death year: 1948Other name: Casting Calls:  1