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Margaret Rutherford

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Dame Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Taylor Rutherford

(1892-05-11)11 May 1892
Balham, London, England
Died22 May 1972(1972-05-22) (aged 80)
Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England
Years active1925–67
SpouseStringer Davis (1945–1972) (her death)

Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford DBE (May 11, 1892 – May 22, 1972) was an English character actress. She usually played eccentric characters in movies. Her first movie was in 1936. She became known for playing Madame Arcati in the 1945 movie Blithe Spirit. Her other movies include: The Happiest Days of Your Life and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also performed in stage plays in her acting career. In 1961, Margaret later declared Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She was named a Dame Commander six years after that.

Rutherford was born in the London neighborhood of Balham. She died from Alzheimer's disease in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire at age 80.

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