Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous.
Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers.
She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd.
Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995.
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Films include:. She died in Los Angeles, California, of lung cancer. Television includes:. Her near-pathological fear of germs did not interfere with her career. Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the role, and repeated it in nine more films. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd. She played Ma Kettle in The Egg and I in 1947 opposite Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle.
However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. She made six comedies with Wallace Beery in the 1940s. She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the movie version of 1937, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters. Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She married Stanley LeFevre Krebs, who died in 1935.
Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous. She began playing upper class dowagers, but was ultimately typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles: her distinct voice was like chalk upon a blackboard. Trail of the Pink Panther. Her first film was A House Divided in 1931. Tam Lin. She worked in vaudeville on the Chautauqua and Orpheum circuits, and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Sweeney Todd. Born in Acton, Indiana as Mary Tomlinson, she attended Franklin College, in Franklin, Indiana. She adopted a stage name to avoid embarrassing her father, who was a minister.
Some Girls Do. Marjorie Main (24 February 1890-10 April 1975) was an American character actress who was best known for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Shirley Valentine. The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm - 1957- Ma Kettle. The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Friendly Persuasion - 1956. Prince Valiant. The Kettles in the Ozarks - 1956 - Ma Kettle.
Parting Shots. Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki - 1955 - Ma Kettle. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Ricochet Romance - 1954. Mad Cows. Rose Marie - 1954. James and the Giant Peach. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home - 1954 - Ma Kettle.
Innocent Lies. The Long, Long Trailer - 1954. Games That Lovers Play. Fast Company - 1953. Funny Bones. Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation - 1953 - Ma Kettle. Don't Just Lie There, Say Something. Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair - 1952 - Ma Kettle.
Curse of the Pink Panther. The Belle of New York - 1952. The Breaking of Bumbo. A Letter from a Soldier - 1951. Up In Town. It's a Big Country - 1951. A Rather English Marriage. The Law and the Lady - 1951.
Sapphire and Steel. Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm - 1951 - Ma Kettle. The New Avengers. Imperium - 1951. Coronation Street. Mr. Malone - 1951.
O'Malley and Mr. Mrs. Summer Stock - 1950. Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town - 1950 - Ma Kettle.
Big Jack - 1949. Ma and Pa Kettle - 1949 - Ma Kettle. Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' - 1948. The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap - 1947.
The Egg and I - 1947 - Ma Kettle. The Show-Off - 1946. Bad Bascomb - 1946. Undercurrent - 1946.
The Harvey Girls - 1946. Murder, He Says - 1945. Gentle Annie - 1944. Louis - 1944.
Meet Me in St. Rationing - 1944. Johnny Come Lately - 1943. Heaven Can Wait - 1943.
Tennessee Johnson - 1943. Tish - 1942. Jackass Mail - 1942. The Affairs of Martha - 1942.
We Were Dancing - 1942. The Bugle Sounds - 1941. Honky Tonk - 1941. The Shepherd of the Hills - 1941.
A Woman's Face - 1941. Barnacle Bill - 1941. The Trial of Mary Dugan - 1941. The Wild Man of Borneo - 1941.
Wyoming - 1940. The Captain Is a Lady - 1940. Susan and God - 1940. Turnabout - 1940.
Dark Command - 1940. Women Without Names - 1940. I Take This Woman - 1940. Two Thoroughbreds - 1939.
Another Thin Man - 1939. The Women - 1939. The Angels Wash Their Faces - 1939. They Shall Have Music - 1939.
Lucky Night - 1939. Girls' School - 1938. There Goes My Heart - 1938. Too Hot to Handle - 1938.
Under the Big Top - 1938. Little Tough Guy - 1938. Prison Farm - 1938. Romance of the Limberlost - 1938.
Three Comrades - 1938. Test Pilot - 1938. King of the Newsboys - 1938. Penitentiary - 1938.
Boy of the Streets - 1938. City Girl - 1938. The Shadow - 1937. The Wrong Road - 1937.
The Man Who Cried Wolf - 1937. Dead End - 1937. Stella Dallas - 1937. Love in a Bungalow - 1937.
Naughty Marietta - 1935. Music in the Air - 1934. Crime Without Passion - 1934. Art Trouble - 1934.
Take a Chance - 1933. Hot Saturday - 1932. A House Divided - 1931. The Women - 1936.
Dead End - 1935. Jackson White - 1935. Music in the Air - 1932. Ebb Tide - 1931.
Scarlet Sister Mary - 1930. Salvation - 1928.