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Other notable London stage appearances between 1920/22 included an adaptation of George Meredith’s drama ‘ Rhoda Fleming ‘ at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1920 and ‘Angelo: The Romance of a Great Composer ‘ at Drury Lane 1922.
Her 1920 introduction to films was equally significant, taking the female lead in the Welsh/Pearson silent ‘Garryowen’, a horse racing drama directed by George Pearson, going on to appear in several more dramas in the early twenties and had another starring role in her final silent production, ‘Miriam Rozelle’ 1924.
This union lasted until Lansbury’s death in 1934 and produced three children, the eldest of which was Angela, born in 1925 but her career, shelved from the late twenties due to family commitments, was by the end of the thirties all but defunct.
Another relationship around this time brought no stability to her life and in 1942, together with her children, including Isolde, a daughter fom her first marriage, she abruptly left England, hoping to re-invent herself in America.
Other Theatre, Film and TV credits: Theatre – Will Shakespeare(1921) Shaftesbury Theatre, London – Pagan in the Parlour(1952) Theatre Royal, Bath Film – Nothing Else Matters (1920) – Should a Doctor Tell (1923) – The Uninvited (1944) – Winged Victory (1944) – The Clock (1945) – Black Beauty (1946) – Green Dolphin Street (1947) – Kind Lady (1951) TV – Adventures in Paradise (1959) – Mr Ed (1963) Born Fermanagh 6th April 1889 Died Los Angeles 22nd February 1971 Unprepossessing character actor who had a protracted if functional Broadway career, which from the early twenties ran in tandem with a raft of minor Hollywood screen appearances encompassing both silence and sound.
He was on the American stage as early as 1912 as a member of English actor Constance Crawley’s travelling company, specialising in Shakespearean roles.
Between then and 1945 she appeared in nine feature films, working out of contract for almost all of the major studios in Hollywood.
A year later RKO offered her a minor role in the WW2 London set drama ‘Forever and a Day’ 1943, which brought her to the hub of the film industry and more importantly a chance to resurrect her screen career after a gap of eighteen years.
In the latter half of the decade she continued to make a modest impression on the London stage, with roles in ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ at the Barnes Theatre 1926 and two West End appearances in 1927, ‘The Great God Brown’ with John Gielgud, at the Strand Theatre and the long running ‘Interference’ at St James’ Theatre.
Her first marriage to actor/writer Reginald Denham ended in 1924 after seven years and soon afterwards she married Edgar Lansbury, the son of Labour party leader George Lansbury.
His New York stage debut, an uncredited role in Jacques Coinis’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’at the 44th Street Theatre in 1915, was followed by another low key credit in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at the Park Theatre in 1917.
The following year he appeared in the long running ‘The Betrothal’, first at the Shubert, later transferring to the Century Theatre in a cast which also featured the teenaged and prospective Hollywood star, Gladys George.
His first taste of the fast and furious world of screen acting came with his 1923 debut as Looney Luke in director Henry King’s adventure yarn ‘Fury’, notable only for the curiosity value of the film’s leading man, Tyrone Power Snr.