Eleanor Bron

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Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1938[1]) is an English stage, film and television actress and author.


Early life and family

Bron was born Eleanor Bronstein in Stanmore, London into a Jewish family of Eastern European origin. Her father shortened the surname to Bron when founding Bron's Orchestral Service.[2]

She was educated at the North London Collegiate School and Newnham College, Cambridge: the latter she would later characterize as "three years of unparalleled pampering and privilege."[3]

Bron was the partner of the architect Cedric Price until his death in 2003.[4] They had no children. Her elder brother is the record producer Gerry Bron.[5]


Early work

Bron began her career in the Cambridge Footlights revue of 1959, entitled The Last Laugh, in which Peter Cook also appeared. The addition of a female performer to the Footlights was a departure, having been until that point all-male, with female characters portrayed in drag. As with many others of the British satire boom, participation in the Footlights was a springboard to a long career in British comedy as both a writer and performer.

Film appearances

Her film appearances include the role of Ahme in the Beatles film, Help! (her given name inspired Paul McCartney while composing "Eleanor Rigby"). Other roles included the doctor who grounds the Lothario played by Michael Caine in Alfie, the unattainable Margaret Spencer in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's film Bedazzled, and Hermione Roddice in Ken Russell's Women in Love. She appears in the film Two for the Road alongside Albert Finney, Audrey Hepburn and William Daniels. More recently she has appeared in the film adaptations of A Little Princess, The House of Mirth, Black Beauty and in Wimbledon.

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