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Kay Kendall (1926-1959)

1. -  Susan  Stephen,  As  Long  As  They're  Happy,  1955. Kay preferred losing her lowly weekly contract pay. Her (steady) replacement later became the first wife of British director Nicolas Roeg - and mother of tfhe next geeneration of UK film-makers,  Luc and Sholto J Roeg.

2. - Susan Stephen, Value For Money, 1955. The script never matched the title and Kay refused a second consecutive Diana Dors comedy. And Rank still wondered why it lost its actresses to Hollywood...

3. - Brigitte Bardot, Doctor At Sea, 1955. Losing Kay to LA, producer Betty Box checked her notes of films seen at Cannes and her piles of French Cinemonde magazines and chanced upon another of her Euro-finds.  And BB became the first actress to be totally nude on a British set (not on-screen, though), after  tearing off  her “ridicule”  panties and nipple-covers during  a shower scene.

4. - Dawns Addams, A King In New York, 1956. Charlie Chaplin's first film made in England, his final leading role and at three months, his shortest shoot. Ironically, Kay's widower, Rex Harrison, nearly made Chaplin's next (and last) film, A Countess From Hong Kong,  in 1966.

5. - Kim Novak,  Bell, Book and Candle,  1958. In refusing to work opposite Kim Novak, Rex Harrison was trying to sell Columbia on co-starring his wife. MGM took the bait with a much  brighter comedy for them:  The Reluctant  Debutante.

6. - Deborah Kerr, The Grass Is Greener, 1960. The luminous Kay Kay died of leukaemia on September 5, 1959.  Her  husband,  Rex Harrison, withdrew from  the comedy. Producer Cary Grant took over with Deborah as his wife, giving his US millionaire role to Robert Mitchum.


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