Kay Kendall (1927 – 1959)
Flower Festival 2012:
Arranged by Sari Hutton and given in memory of Norman and Eileen Lee
Kay Kendall, grand-daughter of Music Hall legend Marie Kendall, worked in her teens for Ealing Studios. After starring in “London Town” which was a resounding flop she retired aged 18 in embarrassment. Luckily Rank gave her a contract in 1952 and she then starred as Rosalie Peters in “Genevieve”. She will always be remembered for playing the trumpet with aplomb!
After starring in “Simon and Laura” Hollywood became interested. She played in Cukor’s “Les Girls” and became a household name in USA. Tragically she then became seriously ill. Rex Harrison married her and it seems never told her she had leukaemia, but took total care of her until she died in September 1959.
Kay Kendall will always be remembered for her elegant beauty, her timing and delivery which shone vividly in the 1950’s.
This page was last updated on July 17th, 2012.