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Dinah Sheridan

Actress

Born - 17 September 1920, Hampstead, London, UK
Died - 24 November 2012

Light-haired, apple-cheeked, smiley-faced, quietly elegant English actress, who laboured for a decade or more in English films, before suddenly blossoming into one of the industry's biggest stars - then being forced to retire on marrying a film executive, her second husband. Born Dinah Ginsburg (or Mec - pronounced Mets - sources vary) to Russian-German parents, she chose Sheridan from the phone book for her intended acting career and made her film debut at 14 in I Give My Heart (1934). Further movie work included Music Hath Charms (1935), Landslide (1936), Wings of the Morning (1937), Merely Mr Hawkins (1938) and Full Speed Ahead (1939), before she volunteered for war service as an ambulance driver. Later films included Get Cracking (1943), Murder in Reverse (1945) and The Hills of Donegal (1947). She got star billing as the wife of a famous radio sleuth in Calling Paul Temple (1948) and Paul Temple's Triumph (1950), quickly becoming a national favourite with Where No Vultures Fly (1951), The Sound Barrier (1952), Appointment in London (1952), The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) and Genevieve (1953). Some time after a breakdown, she divorced her husband in 1965 and attempted to revive her career. Although she found steady work in the theatre, her only subsequent films were The Railway Children (1970) and The Mirror Crack'd (1980). Her first and third husbands - the third and fourth pre-deceased her - were actors Jimmy Hanley and John Merivale.