Linden Travers

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Linden Travers (born May 27, 1913 in Houghton-le-Spring , Durham , England as Florence Lindon-Travers , † October 23, 2001 in Cornwall ) was a British actress in film, television and theater. Her film career spanned over 25 international cinema and television productions. She played in films such as A Lady Disappears , Impatience of the Heart , The Weavers of Bankdam , King of the Underworld and Christopher Columbus .

life and career

Florence Lindon-Travers was born in 1913 in Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, to Florence (nee Wheatley) and William Halton Lindon-Travers. The family was gifted with a lot of acting talent. Nephew Richard Morant and Penelope Wilton , wife of Sir Ian Holm also acted as actors. Already an all-rounder in her early years, she was hired for speaking technique, acting, painting and drawing for younger classmates and while she was still studying at the Convent of Wisdom she received the finishing touches for her later career as a character actress.

At the age of 18 she turned to the local theater under the stage name Linden Travers. When her first professional internships followed by appearances in the repertoire with the Playhouse, Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1933. The following year, she played the lead role in the Ivor Novello -Stück Murder in Mayfair at the Globe Theater in London's West End. It was there that she met her future husband Leon Guy, whose sister was a stage colleague.

In 1935 she made her film debut in the film drama Children of the Fog by the two directors Leopold Jessner and John Quin.

Linden Travers became known in 1938 for her intense dramatic performance of Mrs. Todhunter in Alfred Hitchcock 's early masterpiece, the classic agent film A Lady disappears at the side of the brilliant cast of Margaret Lockwood , Michael Redgrave , Paul Lukas , Dame May Whitty and Cecil Parker , who impersonated her secret lover there. In 1940 she was seen in Carol Reed's drama The Stars Look Down again alongside Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. In Marcel Varnel's comedy South American George from 1941 and in Philip Brandon's crime film The Missing Million from 1942, she played the female lead.

In the post-war period she was able to seamlessly build on her high career standard in the cinema and she cast strong supporting roles in films such as Maurice Elvey's romantic drama Impatience of the Heart (1946), in Bernard Knowle's adventure film Gypsy Blood , in Walter Forde's literary adaptation The Weavers of Bankdam (1947) or in the film segment The Colonel's Lady, staged by director Ken Annakin for the cinema adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's literary adaptation Quartet (1948). In the same year, her director St. John Legh Clowes entrusted the female lead of the title heroine Miss Blandish in his crime film King of the Underworld .

At the end of her screen career, she played important character roles in two films by director David MacDonald in 1949 . In the film drama Vom sinigen Poeten she was seen in the part of Augusta Leigh and in the Christoph Columbus film adaptation with Fredric March , she played Beatriz de Peraza.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Linden Travers turned to television with guest star appearances in episodes of well-known series such as The Vise and Adventure Under Water . In 1999 she took part in a TV tribute to Reputations: Alfred Hitchcock, homage on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most important directors of the 20th century.

She died on October 23, 2001 at the age of 88 in Cornwall, in the most south-western part of the United Kingdom .

Linden Travers was the older sister of actor Bill Travers . Her daughter Jennifer Susan (Lucas) Travers, born in 1939, also became an actress.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1935: Children of the Fog
  • 1936: Wednesday's Luck
  • 1937: Double alibi
  • 1937: Against the Tide
  • 1937: Letter Ecstasy
  • 1937: The Last Adventurers
  • 1938: Almost a Honeymoon
  • 1938: Bank Holiday
  • 1938: The Terror
  • 1938: A Lady Vanishes (The Lady Vanishes)
  • 1939: Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
  • 1940: The Stars Look Down (The Stars Look Down)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Biographical data of Linden Travers In: Bernard F. Dukore (Ed.): Bernard Shaw and Gabriel Pascal. University of Toronto Press, 1996, ISBN 0-8020-3002-5 , p. 18.
  2. ^ Obituary: Linden Travers. In: The Guardian. November 2, 2001. (Obituary)
  3. ^ Linden Travers. In: David Quinlan: The illustrated directory of film stars. Hippocrene Books, New York 1981, ISBN 0-88254-654-6 , p. 461.