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Diana Wynyard
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    (January 16, 1906-May 13, 1964)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Dorothy Isobel Cox
    Appeared in the films 'Rasputin and the Empress' (1932), 'Cavalcade' (1933), 'Reunion in Vienna' (1933), 'One More River' (1934), 'Gaslight' (1940), 'The Prime Minister' (1941), 'Kipps' (1941), 'An Ideal Husband' (1947), 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' (1951) and 'Island in the Sun' (1957)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'The Devil Passes' (1932), 'Cue for Passion' (1958) and 'Heartbreak House' (1959-60)
    Appeared on the London stage in 'St. Joan' (1930-31), 'Design for Living' (1938-39) and 'No Time for Comedy' (1940-41)
    Appeared at Stratford-upon-Avon in productions of 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth,' 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the theater (1953)
    She was married and divorced twice, including from director Carol Reed.
    Her performance in the original 'Gaslight' was overshadowed by Ingrid Bergman winning an Oscar for the American remake.
    While portraying Lady Macbeth, she decided the sleepwalking scene would look more realistic if she did it with her eyes closed. She fell off the stage, landing in the orchestra pit fifteen feet below (1948).
    She finished 'Macbeth' despite the fall.
    The New York Times described her acting as 'stirringly sincere.'
    She was the first Briton to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, for 'Cavalcade.'

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