Constance Cummings

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Constance Cummings , CBE , (born May 15, 1910 in Seattle , Washington as Constance Halverstadt , † November 23, 2005 in Oxfordshire , England ) was an American- born, British film and theater actress .


Constance Cummings had her first role on Broadway at the age of 18 , where she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn , who brought her to Hollywood in 1930 . In the same year she was voted one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of the Year.

Between 1930 and 1934 Cummings acted in 21 films. Her debut was in The Criminal Code of Howard Hawks . She became known in Harold Lloyd's film Movie Crazy and in American Madness by Frank Capra . Moved to England from Hollywood , she continued to make films, few of which were known in the United States. One of them, Blithe Spirit (Blithe Spirit) was the adaptation of a play by Sir Noel Coward . 1979 won Cummings a Tony Award for Best Actress in the play Wings of Arthur Kopit .

In 1974, Cummings was named Commander of the British Empire . In 1975 she refused an honor for her life's work. She also has a star on the Walk of Fame .

Constance Cumings died in November 2005 at the age of 95 in Oxfordshire, where she had lived for decades. She was married to the politician and screenwriter Benn Levy from 1933 until his death ; the marriage produced a son and a daughter.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1931: The Criminal Code (The Criminal Code)
  • 1932: The Washington Merry-go-Round
  • 1932: The Day the Bank Was Stormed (American Madness)
  • 1932: Movie Crazy (Movie Crazy)
  • 1934: This Man Is Mine
  • 1935: what happened yesterday? (Remember Last Night?)
  • 1936: A corpse in Nice (Seven Sinners)
  • 1942: A Dangerous Business (The Foreman Went to France)
  • 1945: Ghost Comedy (Blithe Spirit)
  • 1950: Into the Blue
  • 1955: In love with a queen (John and Julie)
  • 1959: Mr. Miller is not a killer (The Battle of the Sexes)
  • 1963: In the Cool of the Day
  • 1963: My Friend, the Diamond Joe (Sammy Going South)
  • 1985: Murder with Split Roles (Dead Man's Folly)

Web links

Commons : Constance Cummings  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Constance Cummings Obituary . In: of November 26, 2005.