Hermione Baddeley

1. – Mary Jerrold, Marry Me, 1949. Finally out of the war service with the film units of the RAF and the US Army Corps, future Alfie/007 director Lewis Gilbert wrote a script (with Denis Waldock) about the clients of a marriage bureau run by the Parsons sisters… the funny Hermiones, Gingold and Baddely. The script was bought, not his casting. The new sisters had no sparkle, “certainly no comic invention.” A year later, Gilbert got his own way and hired Baddeley for his seventh movie, There Is Another Sun – and she promplty invited her 23-years younger leading man, Laurence Harvey, to move in with her. He had more ambition than money, noted Gilbert, and “was learning how to put his good looks to use.”

 Birth year: 1906Death year: 1986Other name: Casting Calls:  1