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Jennifer Hilary

( b. Dec 14, 1942 Surrey, ENGLAND - d. Aug 06, 2008 London, ENGLAND ) Female

Hilary made her Broadway début in a high-gloss cast led by Coral Browne and Keith Michell in Jean Anouilh's The Rehearsal (Royale, New York, 1963) and also made her West End début in Christopher Taylor's sensitive version of The Wings of the Dove (Haymarket, 1964) in which she replaced Susannah York.

Other West End credits include James Saunders's A Scent of Flowers (Duke of York's, 1964) alongside a cast of West End-established co-stars, including Phyllis Calvert, and other new talent, such as Ian McKellen as Hilary's brother; Turgenev's A Month in the Country (Guildford, 1965) where Ingrid Bergman played Natalya, director Michael Redgrave played Rakitin and Hilary played the young ward, Vera, with whom the household's handsome tutor falls in love; Alan Ayckbourn's first major success, Relatively Speaking (Duke of York's, 1967) where Hilary found herself playing the duplicitous and ditsy 1960s dolly-bird Ginny; Dennis Cannan's Dear Daddy (Ambassador's, 1976) where Hilary played opposite Nigel Patrick; Two Oscar Wilde ventures, as Mrs Alloby in A Woman of No importance (RSC, Barbican) and as the Duchess of Berwick in Lady Windermere's Fan (Albery); and finally Prowse's 1999 reappraisal of Noël Coward's Cavalcade for the Citizens' Theatre Company in Glasgow where Hilary played the matriarch of the Marryot family.

Traveling back and forth to New York, Hilary starred in Chekhov's Ivanov on Broadway (Shubert, New York, 1966) playing the role of Sasha as well as Samuel Taylor's featherweight romantic comedy Avanti! (Booth, New York, 1968) playing Alison, a young Englishwoman in Italy who becomes involved with a handsome but suspect local charmer.

Hilary worked extensively in television, appearing in plays (Michael Frayn's Alphabetical Order among them) and with featured roles in many major series including "Pie in the Sky" and "Midsomer Murders." Films included Peter Glenville's pedestrian "Becket" (1964) and Anthony Mann's action movie of the Norwegian resistance "The Heroes of Telemark" (1965).

Source: London's "The Independent"

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Jennifer Hilary [Alison Ames]
Jan 31, 1968 - Feb 17, 1968
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Jennifer Hilary [Sasha]
May 03, 1966 - Jun 11, 1966
The Rehearsal
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Jennifer Hilary [Lucile]
Sep 23, 1963 - Dec 28, 1963
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