Dame Wendy Hiller was truly a unique actress. Her singular look, voice and bearing made her an unforgettable presence in the few films she chose to do. Her range and depth allowed her play a variety of parts with equal precision and effect. Her work in Separate Tables (1958), Sons and Lovers (1960), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) provided the most memorable roles in each. Unfortunately for film lovers, she devoted her career mostly to the theater, with only occasional film appearances. Many notable television appearances in the 1980's added to her impressive portfolio of work.
Dame Wendy will probably be remembered not only for the quality of her work but for how she managed her career. After her impresive film debut in Pygmalion in 1938 she could have been a great star, but instead chose to remain simply an actress. Extremely talented and sought after but totally indifferent to stardom. She remained a completely private person, with no public image or persona to maintain, only the integrity of her profession. She achieved great distinction and international acclaim but seemed to effortlessly avoid the trappings of celebrity.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 December, 2009.