Margaret Tyzack

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Date of Birth 9 September 1931, Plaistow, London, England, UK Date of Death 25 June 2011, Blackheath, London, England, UK (cancer) Birth Name Margaret Maud Tyzack Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) Spouse Alan R. Stephenson (26 March 1958 - 25 June 2011) (her death) 1 child Trivia Educated in RADA after attending Angela's Ursuline convent in England, UK. Is now an associate member at RADA. She was awarded a Laurence Oliver Theatre Award in 1982 (1981 season) for Best Actress in a Revival, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Won Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Lettice and Lovage." She had previously been nominated for a Tony in the same category in 1983 for Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well." She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in the 1970 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to drama. Was Emmy-nominated for Best Dramatic Actress (Limited Episodes) in 1972 for her title performance in "Cousin Bette" on Masterpiece Theatre. She lost out to Susan Hampshire for her portrayal of Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair." Joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962, Margaret was known for her regal stance and added a gallery of queens to her credits over the years, including Queen Anne, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II. She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. Mother of son, Matthew Stephenson (born in 1964). Began her professional career in the early 1950s at a repertory company in central England, where for two years she performed in a play a week, for almost 50 weeks a year. Her husband Alan Stephenson was a mathematics professor. Maggie Smith refused to appear on Broadway in "Lettice and Lovage" unless Tyzack was also allowed to join the cast. Was the daughter of Doris (née Moseley) and Thomas Edward Tyzack. Grew up in Greater London (formerly West Ham) and attended the all-girls St Angela's Ursuline School in Newham. Although she played Antonia Minor, the niece of the first Roman Emperor Augustus who was 27 years her senior, in "I, Claudius" (1976), she was more than six years older than Brian Blessed, who played Augustus. Personal Quotes ... I do feel strongly that it is deeply insulting the way older women are portrayed. If you watch TV or listen to the radio for a week, you would get the impression that everyone over the age of 60 has no control over their faculties. If it was any other group of people being portrayed like that, people would be up in arms. But because it is older women, nobody ever says anything. "TV is the worst. In the past, all ages were represented. Now even silver-haired old judges have jailbait on their arms. But I can't complain. I've had a lovely career, and as an actor all you can do is hope that people keep on offering the roles. I'll totter on as long as they keep coming. Actually I better not say totter - it makes me sound like an old crone. On her early days in repertory theatre: I was in more plays in a single year than some actors will perform in their entire careers. It was my education. We weren't spoiled or indulged. It was very hard work, and the paying ­customer came first. It was expected that they would hear every word, even if they were sitting far from the stage. If you were warned for inaudibility on Wednesday and still couldn't be heard on Thursday, you'd be sacked on Friday. You had to learn quickly. There are some actors of my generation who will perform when the fridge light comes on, but not me. I envy them their passion, but I don't have it and I never had. As far as I'm concerned, acting is a job. Oh, it's a lovely, lovely job - but it's a job, and one I drifted into. If you watch TV or listen to the radio for a week, you would get the impression that everyone over the age of 60 has no control over their faculties. I don't want us to be treated with kid gloves, but a fraction of respect would come in handy. Where Are They Now (June 2008) Appearing as Mrs St Maugham in the Chalk Garden at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, alongside Penelope Wilton and Felicity Jones. Play runs until 2 August 2008. (June 2009) June 2009 - playing Oenone to Helen Mirren's Phedre at the National Theatre on London's South Bank. This production of Phedre also toured to Epidaurus, Greece on 10 & 11 July, 2009 and will be in Washington DC, USA, on 17-26 September 2009.

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Birth Name

Margaret Maud Tyzack

Birth Place

Plaistow, London, England, UK

Birth Date

9/9/1931

Death Date

6/25/2011
Known For
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The Quatermass Conclusion

Annie Morgan

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The King's Whore

La Comtesse douairière

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A Touch of Love

Sister Bennett

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Behind the Mask

Night Sister

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Wallis & Edward

Queen Mary

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Miss Marple: Nemesis

Clothilde Bradbury-Scott

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Passport to Shame

June - Heath's sScretary

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye

Miss Helen Seymour (voice) (uncredited)

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The Legacy

Nurse Adams

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Ring of Treason

Elizabeth Gee

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Wallis & Edward

Queen Mary

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Scoop

Sid's Co-Passenger #2

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The Thief Lord

Mother Superior

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Match Point

Mrs Eastby

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Bright Young Things

Lady Thobbing

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Mrs Dalloway

Lady Bruton

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye

Miss Helen Seymour (voice) (uncredited)

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The King's Whore

La Comtesse douairière

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Prick Up Your Ears

Madame Lambert

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Miss Marple: Nemesis

Clothilde Bradbury-Scott

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The Quatermass Conclusion

Annie Morgan

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The Legacy

Nurse Adams

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A Clockwork Orange

Conspirator

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A Touch of Love

Sister Bennett

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Elena

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The Whisperers

Hospital Almoner (as Margaret Tyzak)

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Ring of Treason

Elizabeth Gee

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Passport to Shame

June - Heath's sScretary

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Behind the Mask

Night Sister

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