Nora Swinburne

Nora Swinburne


Nora Swinburne was born on Jul 24, 1902 in UK]. Nora Swinburne's big-screen debut came with Alf's Button directed by W.P. Kellino in 1930. Nora Swinburne is known for The Forsyte Saga directed by David Giles, Eric Porter stars as Soames Forsyte and Margaret Tyzack as Winifred Dartie. The upcoming new movie Nora Swinburne plays is The Chastity Belt which will be released on Jan 14, 1972.

Known for her genteel ways and stately beauty in tea service drama, British actress Nora Swinburne was born Elinore Johnson on July 24, 1902, in Bath, England. Performing on stage as both actress and dancer from the age of 10, her father, Henry Swinburne Johnson, manufactured toys for a living.She was a member of Clive Currie's Young Players in 1914 and appeared in shows during that year. Educated at Rosholme College, she trained for the arts at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Building up her stage reputation with such pieces as "Suzette" (1917), "Yes, Uncle!" (1918), "Scandal" (1919), and the title role in "Tilly of Bloomsbury" (1921), her attractiveness proved quite suitable for films, entering silent pictures in 1920. She appeared in a handful of sophisticated fare throughout the early part of the decade such as Branded (1920), The Fortune of Christina McNab (1921), Hornet's Nest (1923), and A Girl of London (1925).Divorced from actor Francis Lister, she was married to actor Edward Ashley at the time she met Esmond Knight while appearing in the play "Wise Tomorrow" in 1937. Actually, both actors were married at the time, but they engaged in a long, discreet affair until both were free. They finally married in the late 1940s and enjoyed a long union together. They would appear in several plays over the years from "Autumn Crocus" (1939) to "The Cocktail Party" (1974). Ms. Swinburne enjoyed great theatrical success playing the role of Dinah Lot in the play "Lot's Wife" (1938), which she subsequently reproduced under her own management, and later replaced Diana Wynyard in the memorable war drama "Watch on the Rhine" in 1943.By the advent of sound, Ms. Swinburne had been related to opulent supports in films, usually appearing as ladylike mothers or socialite types in plush Gainsborough dramas. Some of her later films would include Le parfait accord (1933), La Citadelle (1938), L'homme en gris (1943), L'homme fatal (1944), Jassy (1947), Christophe Colomb (1949), Quartet (1948), Le fleuve (1951) (with husband Knight), Quo Vadis (1951) (as Pomponia), Hélène de Troie (1956) (as Hecuba), Decision at Midnight (1965) (again with Knight), Interlude (1968) and Anne des mille jours (1969).An avid gardener by nature, Ms. Swinburne would die of old age in 2000, thirteen years after husband Knight.

  • Birthday

    Jul 24, 1902
  • Place of Birth

    Bath, Somerset, England, UK [now Bath and North East Somerset, England, UK]

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