Isobel Elsom

Biography

Isobel Elsom (16 March 1893 - 12 January 1981) was an English screen, stage, and television actress. Born as Isobel Jeannette Reed in Cambridge, England, Elsom usually was cast as an aristocratic lady of the upper class. Over the course of three decades she appeared in 17 Broadway productions, beginning with The Ghost Train in 1926. Her best known stage role was the wealthy murder victim in Ladies in Retirement (1939), a role she repeated in the 1941 film version. Her other theatre credits included The Innocents and Romeo and Juliet. Elsom made her first screen appearance during the silent film era (she frequently co-starred with Owen Nares) and appeared in nearly 100 films throughout her career. She met her first husband, director Maurice Elvey, when he cast her in his 1919 film Quinneys. He went on to direct her in eight more films before they divorced. Elsom's other screen credits included The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), The Unseen (1945), Of Human Bondage (1946), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Monsieur Verdoux, The Paradine Case, and The Two Mrs. Carrolls, (all in 1947), The Secret Garden (1949), Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), Lust for Life and 23 Paces to Baker Street (both in 1956), and The Pleasure Seekers and My Fair Lady (both in 1964). She appeared opposite Jerry Lewis in four of his late 1950s/early 1960s films. Elsom's television credits included Armstrong Circle Theatre, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Lux Video Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (at least 4 appearances), Playhouse 90, Hawaiian Eye, and Dr. Kildare. Family/death Her second husband was actor Carl Harbord. She died in Woodland Hills, California, aged 87. National Portrait Gallery Five portraits of Elsom are included in the Photographs Collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Selected filmography Onward Christian Soldiers (1918) A Member of Tattersall's (1919) Mrs. Thompson (1919) The Harbour Lights (1923) The Last Witness (1925) The Primrose Path (1934) Between Two Worlds (1944) My Fair Lady (1964) (from wikipedia)

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Désirée

Mme. Clary, Désirée's mother

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Adeline Palmer-Jones

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You Were Never Lovelier

Mrs. Maria Castro

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Over-Exposed

Mrs. Payton Grange

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First Comes Courage

Rose Lindstrom

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls

Mrs. Latham

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The King's Thief

Mrs. Bennett

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Smart Woman

Mrs. Rogers

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The War Against Mrs. Hadley

Mrs. Laura Winters

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Ladies in Retirement

Leonora Fiske

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My Fair Lady

Mrs. Eynsford-Hill

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Who's Minding the Store?

Hazel, a Dowager

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The Errand Boy

Irma Paramutual

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A Star in the West

Mrs. Rogers

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The Bellboy

Hotel Guest (uncredited)

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The Young Philadelphians

Mrs. Dewitt Lawrence (uncredited)

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Rock-a-Bye Baby

Mrs. Van Cleeve

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The Guns of Fort Petticoat

Mrs. Charlotte Ogden

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Lust for Life

Mrs. Stricker

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23 Paces To Baker Street

Lady Syrett

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Over-Exposed

Mrs. Payton Grange

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Adeline Palmer-Jones

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The King's Thief

Mrs. Bennett

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Désirée

Mme. Clary, Désirée's mother

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Deep in My Heart

Mrs. Harris

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The Secret Garden

Governess

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Smart Woman

Mrs. Rogers

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The Paradine Case

Innkeeper

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Angelica, Mother-in-law

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Monsieur Verdoux

Marie Grosnay

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls

Mrs. Latham

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Between Two Worlds

Genevieve Cliveden-Banks

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Casanova Brown

Mrs. Ferris

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The White Cliffs of Dover

Mrs. Bancroft (uncredited)

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First Comes Courage

Rose Lindstrom

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Forever and a Day

Lady Trimble-Pomfret

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You Were Never Lovelier

Mrs. Maria Castro

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The War Against Mrs. Hadley

Mrs. Laura Winters

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Ladies in Retirement

Leonora Fiske

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