birth place: London England
birth date: 7 july 1915
zodiac sign: Cancerian
death place: Westminster England
death date: 24 march 1979
Yvonne Mitchell (7 July 1915 – 24 March 1979) was an English stage, television and film actress. After beginning her acting career in theatre, Mitchell progressed to films in the late 1940s. Her roles include Julia in the 1954 BBC adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. She retired from acting in 1977.
Profile of Yvonne Mitchell
Biography of Yvonne Mitchell
Yvonne Mitchell was born Yvonne Frances Joseph, but in 1946 changed her name by deed poll to Yvonne Mitchell. She was Jewish.
Already an experienced stage actress, Mitchell made her speaking film debut in The Queen of Spades (1949), although she played an uncredited minor role in Love on the Dole eight years earlier.
She had several prominent film roles over the next three decades, winning a British Film Award for The Divided Heart (1954) and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival for Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957). She appeared as Mildred in the controversial film Sapphire (1959).
Yvonne Mitchell was voted 'Television Actress of the Year' for 1953 by the Daily Mail newspaper, mainly for her role as Cathy in the Nigel Kneale/Rudolph Cartier adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights. The next year, she appeared in another Kneale/Cartier literary adaptation in the role of Julia, with Peter Cushing as Winston Smith, in their adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
She starred as Lea in the 1973 BBC TV production of Colette's Cheri. She continued to appear in television guest roles until the late 1970s, in series such as Out of the Unknown (in 1966); her final screen role was in the BBC science-fiction series 1990 (1977).
Mitchell was married to the journalist, film and theatre critic and novelist Derek Monsey (1921–1979) and they lived in a village in the south of France.
Outside acting, Mitchell was also an established author, writing several books for children and adults as well as winning awards for playwriting. Her plays include The Same Sky. She wrote an acclaimed biography of the French writer Colette, and her own autobiography was published in 1957.
Mitchell died of cancer, aged 63, in 1979. Monsey died the same year, roughly one month earlier. Their daughter Cordelia Monsey is a theatre director and a long-term associate of both Sir Peter Hall and Sir Trevor Nunn. Yvonne Mitchell's grandson is the drummer and violinist, Mitch McGugan.
The Queen of Spades (1949) - Lizaveta Ivanova
Children of Chance (1949) - Australia
Turn the Key Softly (1953) - Monica Marsden
The Divided Heart (1954) - Sonja
Escapade (1955) - Mrs. Stella Hampden
Yield to the Night (1956) - MacFarlane
Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) - Amy
Passionate Summer (1958) - Mrs. Pawley
Tiger Bay (1959) - Anya
Sapphire (1959) - Mildred
Conspiracy of Hearts (1960) - Sister Gerta
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) - Constance Wilde
Johnny Nobody (1961) - Miss Floyd
The Main Attraction (1962) - Elenora Moreno
Genghis Khan (1965) - Katke
The Corpse (1971) - Edith Eastwood
The Great Waltz (1972) - Anna Strauss
Demons of the Mind (1972) - Hilda
The Incredible Sarah (1976) - Mam'selle
Nido de Viudas (1977) - Elvira