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Hermione Gingold – MovieActors.com

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Gingold in GIGI.

About Hermione Gingold (1897 – 1987)

Hermione Gingold was born on December 9, 1897, in London, England.

One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born to an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker.

In the 30's, Hermione Gingold had a flair for quirky comedy and was discovered when she appeared to scene-stealing effect in a host of musical revues. Gingold continued to perform in this venue for many years, sharpening her bawdy, razor-like wit for even better things to come.

Hermione Gingold continued to entertain throughout WW II. Hermione tested the extent of her popularity by going to America where she became a celebrated hit; not only with her revues but in such legit Broadway plays as OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET, I'M FEELING SO SAD; (1963) and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; (1973).

Hermione won theatre's Donaldson Award for JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC in 1954.

Hermione was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress; (Musical), for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, a role Gingold re-created in the film version of the same name, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1977).

Perhaps Hermione Gingold is best remembered as the retired courtesan in the 1958 film, GIGI in which she dueted on I REMEMBER IT WELL with Maurice Chevalier. She won a 1959 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her performance.

Gingold was a gifted raconteur and became a very popular TV talk-show guest, particularly on the 1957 JACK PAAR'S SHOW.

IN 1963, Gingold was honored by a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in the 1962 family film, THE MUSIC MAN. Her performance as the mayor's wife introduced her to a younger generation.

From 1968 through 1983, Gingold enjoyed doing television projects, while still doing some film projects.

Gingold passed away on May 24, 1987, in New York City, New York from cardiac problems and pneumonia. Gingold was finishing up the last touches on her autobiography when she passed away. HOW TO GROW OLD DISGRACEFULLY was published posthumously the next year.

She was survived by her two sons, Leslie and Stephen Joseph, from her first marriage to Michael Joseph;(1918-1926).

Hermione Gingold's notable movie credits include...

GARBO TALKS (1984)
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1977)
TUBBY THE TUBA (1975)
THOSE FANTASTIC FLYING FOOLS (1967)
ROCKET TO THE MOON (1967)
MUNSTER, GO HOME! (1966)
PROMISE HER ANYTHING (1965)
HARVEY MIDDLEMAN FIREMAN (1965)
I'D RATHER BE RICH (1964)
GAY PURR-EE (1962)
THE MUSIC MAN (1962)
THE NAKED EDGE (1961)
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (1958)
GIGI (1958)
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (1956)
THE PICKWICK PAPERS (1952)
THE BUTLER'S DILEMMA (1943)
MEET MR. PENNY (1938)
SOMEONE AT THE DOOR (1936)

Hermione Gingold's notable movie credits include...

HOW TO BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS (1983)
ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS (TV SERIES- Amy & the Angel-Pincus)(1982)
SIMPLE GIFTS (TV MOVIE) (1977)
THE SPECIAL LONDON BRIDGE SPECIAL (TV MOVIE)(1972)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE (TV SERIES -Episode "Love and the Heist")(1971)
COMEDY PLAYHOUSE (TV SERIES-Betsy Mae) (1965)
A CRY OF ANGELS (TV MOVIE)(1963)
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (TV SERIES 1960)
THE SPRING REVUE (TV MOVIE)(1948)
THE CATE REVUE (TV MOVIE)(1939)

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Hermione Gingold with her co-stars in GIGI (1958).