Dame Margaret Rutherford
- (1892 - 1972) British actress known especially for herportrayals of astute though eccentric middle-aged ladies. Having spentseveral years working as a piano and elocution teacher, Rutherfordbegan her acting career when she enrolled at the Old Vic school in1925. She attracted critical attention in a 1934 production of Ibsen'sThe Master Builder, though her first major success was as MissBijou Furse in Farrell and Perry's Spring Meeting (1938). Othernotable roles incouded Miss Prism in Gielgud's production of Wilde'sThe Importance of Being Earnest (1939), Madame Arcati in NoëlCoward's Blithe Spirit (1941), and Lady Wishfort in Congreve'sThe Way of the World (1953).
Rutherford was also noted for her frequent film appearances,especially her portrayal of Agatha Christie's amateur sleuth, MissMarple.