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Dame Judith Anderson
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Anderson in 1934
Frances Margaret Anderson-Anderson

(1897-02-10)10 February 1897
Died 3 January 1992(1992-01-03) (aged 94)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1915–87
Benjamin Harrison Lehmann
(m. 1937⁠–⁠1939)
Luther Greene
(m. 1946⁠–⁠1951)

Dame Frances Margaret Anderson, (10 February 1897 – 3 January 1992), known professionally as Judith Anderson, was an Australian-born British actress who had a successful career in stage, film and television. A prominent stage actress in her era, she won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award and was also nominated for a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. She is considered one of the 20th-century's greatest classical stage actors.

She received two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award for her acting. Her Hollywood movies included the Academy Award-nominated movie Rebecca, Laura in 1944 and The Diary of a Chambermaid in 1946. Anderson was born in Adelaide, South Australia, although she later relocated to Santa Barbara, California.


Portrait of Judith Anderson in Family Portrait LCCN2004662506
Portrait of Judith Anderson in Family Portrait

Judith attended a private school, Norwood, where her education ended before graduation. She began acting in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. Anderson established herself as a dramatic actress of note, making several appearances in Shakespearean plays.

By the early 1930s, she had established herself as one of the most prominent theatre actresses of her era and she was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

She maintained her birth name as her legal name, never legally taking the forename "Judith" as per the California Death Index registry.


Anderson loved Santa Barbara, California, and spent much of her life there. She died there, of pneumonia, in 1992, aged 94.


Anderson was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1960 and thereafter was often billed as "Dame Judith Anderson".

On 10 June 1991, in the Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), "in recognition of service to the performing arts".

Complete filmography

  • Madame of the Jury (1930 short)
  • Blood Money (1933) - Ruby Darling
  • Rebecca (1940) - Mrs. Danvers
  • Forty Little Mothers (1940) - Madame Madeleine Granville
  • Free and Easy (1941) - Lady Joan Culver
  • Lady Scarface (1941) - Slade
  • All Through the Night (1942) - Madame
  • Kings Row (1942) - Mrs. Harriet Gordon
  • Edge of Darkness (1943) - Gerd Bjarnesen
  • Stage Door Canteen (1943) - Judith Anderson
  • Laura (1944) - Ann Treadwell
  • And Then There Were None (1945) - Emily Brent
  • The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) - Madame Lanlaire
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) - Mrs. Ivers
  • Specter of the Rose (1946) - Madame La Sylph
  • Pursued (1947) - Mrs. Callum
  • The Red House (1947) - Ellen Morgan
  • Tycoon (1947) - Miss Braithwaite
  • The Furies (1950) - Flo Burnett
  • Salome (1953) - Queen Herodias
  • Macbeth (1954 TV movie) - Lady Macbeth
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) - Memnet
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) - Big Momma Pollitt
  • The Moon and Sixpence (1959 TV movie) - Tiare
  • A Christmas Festival (1959 TV movie) - Narrator of the final offering
  • Cradle Song (1960 TV movie) - The Prioress
  • Macbeth (1960 TV movie) - Lady Macbeth
  • Cinderfella (1960) - Wicked Stepmother
  • Don't Bother to Knock (1961) - Maggie Shoemaker
  • The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (1964 TV movie) - Paulina
  • Elizabeth the Queen (1968 TV movie) - Queen Elizabeth I
  • The File on Devlin (1969 TV movie) - Elizabeth Devlin
  • A Man Called Horse (1970) - Buffalo Cow Head
  • The Borrowers (1973 TV movie) - Aunt Sophy
  • The Underground Man (1974 TV movie) - Mrs. Snow
  • The Chinese Prime Minister (1974 TV movie) - She
  • Inn of the Damned (1975) - Caroline Straulle
  • Medea (1983 TV movie) - Nurse
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) - Vulcan High Priestess
  • The Booth (1985 TV movie)
  • Impure Thoughts (1985) - The Sister of Purgatory

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