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Her grandmother Marie Kendall

Her grandmother, Marie Kendall, was told by her daughter Moya. Kendall was beautiful and funny. Kim, eight months pregnant and in the U.

For example was she abused by the notoriously difficult Rex Harrison or did she give as good as she got. Harrison was married to actress Lilli Palmer at the time.

Kendall was beautiful and funny

She also had affairs with a Swedish prince and grocery heir James Sainsbury and reportedly had a romance with the future Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Kendall could get away with such antics without looking vulgar. The book gives us both alternatives and everything in between but does not settle on one coherent view.

There were no mobs and shaming demonstrations, only a few scruffy newspaper photographers clambering about on the cemetery railings and snapping the coffin being lowered into the ground. Having said that there is two important weaknesses in the book with regards to Kay Kendall's character.

Kim was sailing with her husband off Nantucket for Labor Day weekend and had been trying to reach Kay through the local party line, with no success. Unfortunately the author doesn't. The first one we saw was this bloody great wreath from David Niven. We were all convinced Katie's spirit was responsible for the problem, and there was a treasured moment when we shared the echo of that divine impishness. Consequently, somewhat like many of her film roles, she is more destined to provide colorful support in the biographies of other stars, including her husband Rex Harrison.

The second issue is pulling together the contrary descriptions of Kay Kendall's character. One person found this helpful Top critical review. Unfortunately the five years in between, apparently years of struggle, are largely skimmed over.

While a cult favorite she didn't have an extensive career, particularly in major American pictures, and many of those interviewed for this biography have themselves passed on. This may partly reflect the discontinuity of time lines referenced above but also how the book was put together. Martinin -the-Fields and was a star-packed affair. She was a true comedienne, unafraid to compromise her ladylike appearance with pratfalls, pop eyes and comic drunk scenes.

Gladys was staying in New York and was reached by transatlantic telephone. So we hid that behind a door, and then went in to check the church, and on the altar there were hundreds of red roses. Kendall's private life was even more colorful than the plots of her films as she embarked on a series of affairs with minor royalty, costars, directors, producers, and married men.