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Pavlow, Muriel Biography




biography of Pavlow, Muriel

Muriel Lilian Pavlow
27 June 1921, Leigh, England, UK
Lovely, delicate-looking actress Muriel Pavlow belongs firmly to the British cinema of the 1950s and often provided a nice counterbalance to the hectic goings-on in many comedies. Born in 1921 in Leigh, Kent, England, she was a dominant stage actress despite her petite frame and made her theatrical debut at age 15 with a production of "The Old Maid" (1936). Other sprightly teen roles on stage followed including "Oedipus Rex" (1936), "Victoria Regina" (1937), "Dear Octopus" (1938), "Dear Brutus" (1940) and "Old Acquaintance" before she began to get a strong foothold in films. Muriel started out with a bit role in a 1934 'Gracie Fields' (qv) musical comedy film, but wouldn't come into her own for nearly two decades. Perennially radiant and youthful, she often times played ingénue roles much younger than her actual age. She appeared in the film _Quiet Wedding (1941)_ (qv) starring 'Margaret Lockwood' (qv) and 'Derek Farr' (qv) and was prominently seen in the war-time film _Night Boat to Dublin (1946)_ (qv). While making a beguiling Ophelia on a live, early TV version of _Hamlet (1947) (TV)_ (qv), for the most part she tried to build up her theatrical credits. A comely heroine in thrillers, light comedies and war-themed pictures she was usually cast as an altruistic bride, wife or girlfriend. In 1947 she married actor Farr and went on to appear with him in such British-made films as _The Shop at Sly Corner (1947)_ (qv) and _Doctor at Large (1957)_ (qv). Peaking in mid-50s films opposite such established British actors as 'Dirk Bogarde' (qv), 'Peter Finch (I)' (qv), 'John Gregson (I)' (qv), 'Kenneth More' (qv) and 'Donald Sinden' (qv), Muriel also continued to perform theater roles, notably in Shakespeare pieces -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Othello", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Troilus and Cressida". Her film career waned in the early 60s and she and her husband worked for the most part on stage and in television. The couple appeared together in such plays as "Wolf's Clothing" (1959) and "Mary, Mary" (1963). Following Farr's death in 1986, she resumed her career and was spotted in the late 80s and 90s in a number of matronly roles. One of her last roles was at age 83 in the TV-movie _Belonging (2004) (TV)_ (qv) in the company of such elites as 'Brenda Blethyn' (qv), 'Rosemary Harris (I)' (qv) and 'Anna Massey' (qv).
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-   'Derek Farr' (qv) (7 January 1947 - 22 March 1986) (his death)


-   (1971) She acted in William Douglas Home's play, "The Secretary Bird," at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Jeremy Hawk and Michael Fleming in the cast.

-   (1951-1952) She acted in Lesley Storm's play, "The Day's Mischief," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with Ian Hunter, Catherine Lacey, Beatrix Lehmann, and Walter Fitzgerald in the cast.

-   (1957) She acted in Claude Magnier's play, "Odd Man In," at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Donald Sinden and Derek Farr in the cast. Harold French was director.

-   (1959) She acted in Kenneth Horne's play, "Wolf's Clothing," at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Derek Farr, Viola Lyel, and Patrick Cargill in the cast. Anthony Sharp was director.

-   (1954) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Troilus and Cressida," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Laurence Harvey, Leo McKern, Anthony Quayle, William Devlin, Barbara Jefford, Keith Michell, Ian Bannen, Ian Holm, Tony Britton, Beverley Cross, and James Villiers in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director. Antony Hopkins was musical director.

-   (1954) She acted in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Anthony Quayle, Barbara Jefford, Keith Michell, Laurence Harvey, Zena Walker, and William Devlin in the cast. Anthony Quayle and Glen Byam Shaw were directors.

-   (July 26,1992) She performed in the show, "A Glamorous Night with Evelyn Laye and Friends," at the London, Palladium in London, England with Evelyn Laye, Jane Baxter, Katie Boyle, Dame Hilda Bracket, Dora Bryan, Paul Daneman, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, John Mills, Stifyn Parri, Marti Webb, Elisabeth Welch, Anna Wing, Mary Ellis, Wendy Hiller, Florence Desmond, MOira LIster, Pat Kirkwood, and Lizbeth Webb in the cast.

-   (September 1942) She acted in John Van Druten's play, "Old Acquaintance," at the Grand Theatre in Leeds, England with Edith Evans, Ronald Ward, and Marian Spencer in the cast. William Armstrong was director.

-   (1941) She acted in JM Barrie's play, "Dear Brutus," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Roger Livesey, George Howe, Leon Quartermaine, Ronald Ward, Zena Dare, Mary Jerrold, Margaret Rawlings, Nora Swinburne, and Ursula Jeans in the cast.

-   (1966) She acted in Joseph Kesselring's play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England with Sybil Thorndike, Athene Seyler, Derek Farr, Neil McCarthy, Desmond Walter-Ellis, and Lewis Casson in the cast.

-   (1971) She acted in William Douglas Home's play, "The Secretary Bird," at the Savoy Theatre in the West End theatre district in London, England with Jeremy Hawk and Michael Fleming in the cast.


-   (October 2004) Attended and spoke at the Merlins Over Malta event at the Imperial War Museum's Duxford Autumn Airshow, England, U.K.

-   (December 2007) Presented an introduction to a screening of "Quiet Wedding" in the Margaret Lockwood season at the British Film Institute, London on 5th January 2008.


-   "Fly Past" (UK), December 2004, pg. 65, "Duxford's end of season"

-   "Picturegoer" (UK), 23 June 1956

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 1 May 1954

-   "Picture Post" (UK), 8 February 1941, "A Schoolgirl Turns Into A Star"


-   "Picture Show" (UK), 4 May 1957

-   "Girl Film & Television Annual" (UK), 1957, Iss. 1

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 29 December 1956

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 1 September 1956

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 7 July 1956

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 17 September 1955

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 15 May 1954

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 1 May 1954

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 29 August 1953

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 1 August 1953


-   "Theatre World" (UK), September 1957

-   "Picture Show & Film Pictorial" (UK), 16 March 1957

-   "Picture Show" (UK), 24 November 1956

-   "What's On In London" (UK), 2 April 1954, Iss. 959

-   "Everybody's" (UK), 6 March 1954

-   "Funk und Film" (Austria), 22 March 1946, Vol. 2.Jahrg., Iss. 12

-   "Picture Post" (UK), 8 February 1941

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  1. Glorious 39 (2009)
  2. "British Film Forever" (2007) {Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (#1.6)}
  3. "British Film Forever" (2007) {Longing, Loving and Leg-Overs: The Story of British Romance (#1.2)}
  4. "British Film Forever" (2007) {Sauce, Satire and Silliness: The Story of British Comedy (#1.7)}
  5. Belonging (2004) (TV)
  6. The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV)
  7. "Coupling" (2000) {Faithless (#3.2)}
  8. "Perfect Strangers" (2001) {(#1.1)}
  9. "Perfect Strangers" (2001) {(#1.2)}
  10. "Perfect Strangers" (2001) {(#1.3)}
  11. "Black Books" (2000) {Cooking the Books (#1.1)}
  12. Heaven on Earth (1998) (TV)
  13. "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1989) {Dumb Witness (#6.4)}
  14. "Oliver's Travels" (1995)
  15. Daisies in December (1995) (TV)
  16. "Crown Prosecutor" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  17. "Men Behaving Badly" (1992) {Infidelity (#4.2)}
  18. "The Final Cut" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  19. "May to December" (1989) {Until It's Time for You to Go (#6.6)}
  20. "The Rector's Wife" (1994) {(#1.1)}
  21. "The Rector's Wife" (1994) {(#1.2)}
  22. "The Rector's Wife" (1994) {(#1.4)}
  23. "The Bill" (1984) {Missionary Work (#9.22)}
  24. "Screen Two" (1985) {Memento Mori (#8.14)}
  25. "Surgical Spirit" (1989) {Wanderlust (#4.6)}
  26. "Boon" (1986) {Beef Encounter (#3.5)}
  27. "Sunday Premiere" (1987) {Claws}
  28. The Last Evensong (1985) (TV)
  29. "Movie Memories" (1981) {(#3.1)}
  30. "The Ravelled Thread" (1979) {The Spy (#1.6)}
  31. Golden Gala (1978) (TV)
  32. "Dixon of Dock Green" (1955) {Snout (#20.11)}
  33. "Looks Familiar" (1970) {(#3.9)}
  34. "Emmerdale Farm" (1972)
  35. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1970-03-19)}
  36. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1970-05-21)}
  37. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1970-05-28)}
  38. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1970-11-09)}
  39. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1970-11-16)}
  40. "R3" (1964) {One Free Man (#2.3)}
  41. "Jezebel ex UK" (1963) {The Stand-In (#1.8)}
  42. "Zero One" (1962) {The Impostor (#2.5)}
  43. Murder She Said (1961)
  44. Whirlpool (1959)
  45. Rooney (1958)
  46. Doctor at Large (1957)
  47. Eyewitness (1956)
  48. Reach for the Sky (1956)
  49. Tiger in the Smoke (1956)
  50. Simon and Laura (1955)
  51. "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" (1953) {Tony (#3.35)}
  52. Conflict of Wings (1954)
  53. Doctor in the House (1954)
  54. Malta Story (1953)
  55. The Net (1953)
  56. "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" (1953) {Forever My Heart (#2.3)}
  57. It Started in Paradise (1952)
  58. The Mollusc (1952) (TV)
  59. Out of True (1951)
  60. Spring at Marino (1951) (TV)
  61. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {The Day of Glory (#2.37)}
  62. Hamlet (1947) (TV)
  63. Play the Game (1947) (TV)
  64. The Shop at Sly Corner (1947)
  65. Weep for the Cyclops (1947) (TV)
  66. Night Boat to Dublin (1946)
  67. Quiet Wedding (1941)
  68. A Romance in Flanders (1937)
  69. Hansel and Gretel (1937) (TV)
  70. Sing As We Go (1934)

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