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de la Tour, Frances Biography




biography of de la Tour, Frances

30 July 1944, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England, UK
5' 7"


-   'Tom Kempinski' (qv) (? - ?) (divorced)


-   Sister of 'Andy de la Tour' (qv)

-   She was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Actress in a Revival for "Moon for the Misbegotten, The".

-   She was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1992 (1991 season) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "When She Danced".

-   Had her scenes from 'Love Actually' (2003) cut from the final film, they feature in the DVD extras. She played the lesbian lover of the school Headmistress played by 'Anne Reid (I)' (qv).

-   She was awarded the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" on Broadway in New York City.

-   Won a Tony award in 2006 for her role as Mrs. Lintott in "The History Boys."

-   She was awarded the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role in 'Duet For One' in 1980.

-   She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (then called SWET Award) for Best Actress for her role in 'Duet For One' in 1980.

-   She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1994 for Best Actress for her role in 'Les Parents Terribles'.

-   She was awarded the New York Drama Desk Theatre Award in 2006 for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in 'The History Boys'.

-   She was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Theatre Award in 2006 for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in 'The History Boys'.

-   She was awarded the Plays and Players Theatre Award in 1980 for Best Actress for her role in 'Duet For One'.

-   She was awarded the Variety Club Award for Best Actress for her role in 'Fallen Angels', with Felicity Kendal.

-   Has two children by unknown fathers - a son and a daughter.


-   Theatre: Played 'Alice' in Dance of Death. Directed by Sean Mathias.

-   (June 2004): Plays Mrs. Lintott in "The History Boys" play by Alan Bennett (National Theatre, London, England, UK).

-   (April 2006): Plays Mrs. Lintott in "The History Boys" play by Alan Bennett (Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, New York, USA).

-   Played the role of Helena in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

-   She played Cleopatra, opposite Alan Bates in the RSC production of 'Anthony and Cleopatra'.

-   She starred alongside Ian McKellan in 'Dance of Death'.

-   She starred in 'Les Parents Terribles', with Jude Law.

-   She starred in Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women', alongside Maggie Smith, as well as Albee's 'The Play About The Baby'.

-   Tennessee Williams described her performance in his play 'Small Craft Warnings' as one of the best he had seen by any actress in any play.

-   One of only a handful of women to play the title role in 'Hamlet'.

-   (1983) She acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten," at Riverside Studios in London, England with Ian Bannen in the cast. David Levaux was director.

-   (1976) She acted in John Webster's play, "The White Devil," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Glenda Jackson, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Shepherd, Patrick Magee, John Kane, James Villiers, and Miriam Margolyes in the cast. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was director.

-   (1985) She acted in Ted Whitehead's translation of August Strindberg's play, "Dance of Death," at the Riverside Studios Theatre in London, England with Alan Bates and Michael Byrne in the cast. Keith Hack was director.

-   (1989) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Eric Porter, Paul Rogers, Peter Eyre, Gemma Jones, Clive Russell, Jasper Britton, Ian Hogg, and Peter Bayliss in the cast. Jonathan Miller was director.

-   (1965) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Timon of Athens," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Paul Scofield, Tony Church, James Laurenson, Tim Wylton, David Waller, Timothy West, Jeffery Dench, Brewster Mason, Paul Rogers, Charles Kay, Michael Williams, Elizabeth Spriggs, Janet Suzman, Helen Weir, Michael Pennington, and Estelle Kohler in the cast. John Schlesinger was director.

-   (1966) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," in the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with David Warner, Brewster Mason, Elizabeth Spriggs, Estelle Kohler, David Waller, Michael Jayston, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell, Angela Down, and Tom Georgeson in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (January 19, 1966) She acted in Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Government Inspector," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield, Eric Porter, Paul Rogers, Brewster Mason, Paul Hardwick, David Waller, David Warner, Charles Kay, Patience Collier, Timothy West, Elizabeth Spriggs and Estelle Kohler in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (December 22,1965-January 1966) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with David Warner, Brewster Mason, Elizabeth Spriggs, Janet Suzman, David Waller, Charles Thomas, Paul Hardwick, Charles Kay, and Estelle Kohler in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (1967) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Dorothy Tutin, Michael Williams, Charles Thomas, Roy Kinnear, Tom Georgeson, Ben Kingsley, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Howard, Robert Lloyd, Terrence Hardiman, John Kane, and Roger Rees in the cast. David Jones was director.

-   (1967) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Dorothy Tutin, Michael Williams, Roy Kinnear, Ben Kingsley, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Howard, Robert Lloyd, and John Kane in the cast. David Jones was director.

-   (1967) She acted in John Vanbrugh's play, "The Relapse," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Donald Sinden, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart, Charles Thomas, Susan Fleetwood, Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley, David Waller, Lila Kaye, Roy Kinnear, and Roger Rees in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.

-   (1970) She acted in Christopher Marlowe's play, "Dr. Faustus," at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with David Waller and Alan Howard in the cast. Gareth Morgan was director.

-   (1971) She acted in Jean Genet's play, "The Balcony," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Alan Howard, Estelle Kohler, and John Wood in the cast. Terry Hands was director.

-   (January 1971) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Billy Rose Theatre in New York City with Alan Howard, Sara Kestelman, Ben Kingsley, David Waller, Patrick Stewart, and John Kane in the cast. Peter Brook was director.

-   (1999) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Alan Bates, Guy Henry, Rachel Joyce, Malcolm Storry, Peter Kelly, and Henry Ian Cusick in the cast. Steven Pimlott was director.

-   (2003) She acted in August Strindberg's play, "Dance of Death," at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen and Owen Teale in the cast. Sean Mathias was director.

-   (1991) She acted in Martin Sherman's play, "When She Danced," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave and Michael Sheen in the cast.

-   (1994) She acted in Edward Albee's play, "Three Tall Women," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith and Anastasia Hille in the cast.

-   (1973) She acted in Tennessee Williams's play, "Small Craft Warnings," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Elaine Stritch, Peter Jones, George Pravda, and Edward Judd in the cast. Vivian Matalon was director.

-   (1976) She acted in John Webster's play, "The White Devil," at the Old Vic Theatre in (West End) London, England with Glenda Jackson, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Shepherd, Patrick Magee, John Kane, James Villiers, and Miriam Margolyes in the cast. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was director.

-   (1986) She acted in Neil Simon's play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs," in a British National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Steven Mackintosh, Alison Fiske, Belinda Buckley, Robert Glenister, and Harry Towb in the cast. Michael Rudman was director.

-   (January-February 1986, June 1986, October-December 1986) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Peter Shaffer's play, "Yonadab;" Tom Stoppard's plays, "The Real Inspector Hound," and "Dalliance;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Critic;" Alan Ayckbourn's plays, "A Chorus of Disapproval," and "Tons of Money;" Howard Brenton's play, "Pravda;" Neil Simon's play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs;" William Congreve's play, "Love for Love;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs Warren's Profession;" John Webster's play, "The Duchess of Malfi,;" Charlotte Chandler's play, "Not About Heroes;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet," and "King Lear;" Athol Fugard's play, "The Road to Mecca;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's play, "The Threepenny Opera;" Sarah Daniels's play, "Neaptide;" play, "Futurists;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" Richard Peaslee's play, "Animal Farm;" Franz Werfel's play, "Jacobowsky and The Colonel;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Magistrate;" David Hare's play, "The Bay At Nice;" Arthur Miller's play, "The American Clock;" Stephen Poliakoff's play, "Coming In To Land;" and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's play, "The Mother;" with Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Alan Bates, Suzanne Bertish, Brenda Blethyn, Eleanor Bron, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Selina Cadell, Simon Cadell, David Calder, Charlotte Cornwell, Gemma Craven, Tim Curry, Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Dexter, Russell Dixon, Simon Dutton, Julian Fellowes, Alison Fiske, Michael Gambon, Robert Glenister, Sheila Hancock, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Head, Greg Hicks, Clare Higgins, Anthony Hopkins, Kelly Hunter, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jonathan Hyde, Barry Ingham, Sara Kestelman, Roy Kinnear, Leigh Lawson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nigel Le Vaillant, Hugh Lloyd, Stephen Mackintosh, Anna Massey, Tim McInnery, Ian McKellen, Claire Moore, Stephen Moore, Wendy Morgan, Bill Nighy, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Joan Plowright, Amanda Redman, Moira Redmond, Jack Shepherd, Michael Simkins, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Stewart, Ken Stott, Zoe Wanamaker, Marcia Warren, Jane Wenham, and Irene Worth in the cast.

-   (1980) She acted in Tom Kempinsk's play, "Duet for One," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with David De Keyser in the cast.

-   (1981) She acted in Tom Kempinski's play, "Duet for One," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with David De Keyser in the cast.

-   (January 1981) She acted in Tom Kempinski's play, "Duet for One," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with David De Keyser in the cast. Roger Smith was director.

-   (1983) She acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten," at the Riverside Studios Theatre in London, England with Ian Bannen in the cast. David Levaux was director.


-   I didn't think that _"Rising Damp" (1974)_ (qv) would have quite the longevity it's enjoying, actually, because at the time we knew it was good because it was very well written by 'Eric Chappell' (qv), and he wrote characters as well as situations. In fact very little situation happens in this particular situation comedy, it's character based. And we knew it was good but there were a lot of very popular and good sitcoms in the seventies. You could name at least five. It became more popular years later, five, ten years, even then 20 years and people started calling it a classic. But it's like we left it behind and it never died.


-   "The Hollywood Reporter" (USA), 3 November 2006, by: Kirk Honeycutt, "The History Boys AFI Film Fest"

-   "The Hollywood Reporter" (USA), 20 July 2005, by: Stuart Kemp, "Trio joins Hytner's 'History'"

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  1. "Vicious" (2013)
  2. Monster Butler (2013)
  3. Private Peaceful (2012)
  4. Shoot the Moon (The Making of 'Hugo') (2012) (V)
  5. Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo' (2012) (V)
  6. Suspension of Disbelief (2012)
  7. Hugo (2011)
  8. "My Favourite Joke" (2011) {(#1.2)}
  9. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
  11. The Book of Eli (2010)
  12. "National Theatre Live" (2009) {The Habit of Art (#1.4)}
  13. The Nutcracker in 3D (2009)
  14. The Man Who Made Eric & Ernie (2008) (TV)
  15. Pass It On: The History Boys on Screen (2007) (V)
  16. Agatha Christie Marple: The Moving Finger (2006) (TV)
  17. The 60th Annual Tony Awards (2006) (TV)
  18. The History Boys (2006)
  19. "3 lbs." (2006) {The Cutting Edge (#1.7)}
  20. "Imagine" (2003) {Being Hamlet (#7.1)}
  21. "New Tricks" (2003) {Old Dogs (#3.3)}
  22. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(2006-11-17)}
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  24. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2005-11-18)}
  25. "Sensitive Skin" (2005) {(#1.2)}
  26. "The South Bank Show" (1978) {Alan Bennett (#29.7)}
  27. "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1989) {Death on the Nile (#9.3)}
  28. "Waking the Dead" (2000) {False Flag: Part 1 (#4.3)}
  29. "Waking the Dead" (2000) {False Flag: Part 2 (#4.4)}
  30. Love Actually (2003)
  31. "Born and Bred" (2002) {The Last Hurrah: Part 1 (#2.9)}
  32. "Born and Bred" (2002) {The Last Hurrah: Part 2 (#2.10)}
  33. "Eddy and the Bear" (2001)
  34. "Heroes of Comedy" (1995) {Leonard Rossiter (#5.4)}
  35. Heartbeat Chronicles (1999) (V)
  36. The Cherry Orchard (1999)
  37. "Heartbeat" (1992) {Bad Penny (#7.18)}
  38. "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) {(#1.1)}
  39. "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) {(#1.2)}
  40. "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) {(#1.3)}
  41. "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) {(#1.4)}
  42. "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) {(#1.5)}
  43. "Cold Lazarus" (1996) {(#1.1)}
  44. "Cold Lazarus" (1996) {(#1.2)}
  45. "Cold Lazarus" (1996) {(#1.3)}
  46. "Cold Lazarus" (1996) {(#1.4)}
  47. "Downwardly Mobile" (1994)
  48. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {And (#1.6)}
  49. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {Brotherhood (#1.3)}
  50. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {Fish (#1.1)}
  51. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {Free Lunch (#1.4)}
  52. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {Funny Valentine (#1.5)}
  53. "Every Silver Lining" (1993) {No Cappuccino (#1.2)}
  54. "Screen Two" (1985) {Genghis Cohn (#10.1)}
  55. "Stay Lucky" (1989) {One Jump Ahead (#4.10)}
  56. Bejewelled (1991) (TV)
  57. Strike It Rich (1990)
  58. "A Kind of Living" (1988)
  59. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.1)}
  60. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.2)}
  61. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.3)}
  62. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.4)}
  63. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.5)}
  64. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#1.6)}
  65. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.1)}
  66. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.2)}
  67. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.3)}
  68. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.4)}
  69. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.5)}
  70. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.6)}
  71. "A Kind of Living" (1988) {(#2.7)}
  72. Clem (1987) (TV)
  73. "Unnatural Causes" (1986) {Partners (#1.6)}
  74. Murder with Mirrors (1985) (TV)
  75. "Ellis Island" (1984)
  76. "The Bounder" (1982) {Matchmaker (#2.2)}
  77. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {Skirmishes (#14.6)}
  78. Duet for One (1981) (TV)
  79. "The Theatre Quiz" (1981) {(#1.6)}
  80. Rising Damp (1980)
  81. "Clapper Board" (1972) {Rising Damp and Black Jack}
  82. "Flickers" (1980) {(#1.1)}
  83. "Flickers" (1980) {(#1.2)}
  84. "Flickers" (1980) {(#1.3)}
  85. "Flickers" (1980) {(#1.4)}
  86. "Leave It to Charlie" (1978) {...And Harry's Just Wild About Me (#3.6)}
  87. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Come on in the Water's Lovely (#4.6)}
  88. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Fire and Brimstone (#4.2)}
  89. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Great Expectations (#4.3)}
  90. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Hello Young Lovers (#4.1)}
  91. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Pink Carnations (#4.4)}
  92. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Under the Influence (#4.5)}
  93. Maggie: It's Me (1977) (TV)
  94. Wombling Free (1977)
  95. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Clunk Click (#3.3)}
  96. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Fawcett's Python (#3.5)}
  97. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Stage Struck (#3.2)}
  98. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Suddenly at Home (#3.7)}
  99. "Rising Damp" (1974) {That's My Boy (#3.1)}
  100. "Rising Damp" (1974) {The Cocktail Hour (#3.6)}
  101. "Rising Damp" (1974) {The Good Samaritans (#3.4)}
  102. "The Galton & Simpson Playhouse" (1977) {Variations on a Theme (#1.5)}
  103. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
  104. "Crown Court" (1972) {Pigmented Patter: Part 1 (#5.48)}
  105. "Play for Today" (1970) {Housewives' Choice (#7.5)}
  106. "Rising Damp" (1974) {A Body Like Mine (#2.3)}
  107. "Rising Damp" (1974) {All Our Yesterdays (#1.4)}
  108. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Food Glorious Food (#2.2)}
  109. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Moonlight and Roses (#2.4)}
  110. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Stand Up and Be Counted (#1.6)}
  111. "Rising Damp" (1974) {The Permissive Society (#2.1)}
  112. "Rising Damp" (1974) {The Prowler (#1.5)}
  113. "This Is Your Life" (1969) {Leonard Rossiter (#6.14)}
  114. "Play for Today" (1970) {All Good Men (#4.11)}
  115. "Rising Damp" (1974) {A Night Out (#1.2)}
  116. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Black Magic (#1.1)}
  117. "Rising Damp" (1974) {Charisma (#1.3)}
  118. "Rising Damp" (1974) {The Lodgers (#1.0)}
  119. "Crime of Passion" (1970) {Emile (#4.1)}
  120. Our Miss Fred (1972)
  121. "The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine" (1971) {(#1.4)}
  122. "The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine" (1971) {(#1.8)}
  123. Every Home Should Have One (1970)
  124. "NBC Experiment in Television" (1967) {The Engagement (#4.3)}
  125. Country Dance (1969)

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