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Moyna Macgill was an Irish actress best known for her
work on the London stage.
She made her professional stage debut in Love in a Cottage
(1918). A few of her other stage credits include
Interference (St. James' Theatre in London, 1927), The Great
God Brown (in London, 1928-29), and The Boy Friend
(1954). Interference was directed by Gerald du Maurier,
and was a great success, running for 412 performances.
Moyna's feature film credits include Jane Eyre
(1944), Frenchman's Creek (1944), National Velvet
(1944), Winged Victory (1944), The Strange Affair
of Uncle Harry (1945), The Picture of Dorian Gray
(1945), Black Beauty (1946), The Unsinkable Molly Brown
(1964) and My Fair Lady (1964).
Moyna was the mother of multi-Tony award-winning actress
Angela Lansbury, best-known for her portrayal of
Jessica Fletcher on TV's Murder, She Wrote.
Biographical fast facts
Full, original or maiden name at birth: Charlotte Lillian McIldowie
Date and place of birth: December 10, 1895, Belfast, Ireland
Date, place and cause of death: November 25, 1975,
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Throat cancer)
Husband: Reginald Denham (m. 1919 - 1924) (divorced)
Husband: Edgar Lansbury (m. 1924 - 1934) (his death)
Sons: Edgar Lansbury, Jr. and Bruce Lansbury
(Twins, b. January 12, 1930, London, England)
Daughters: Isolde Denham (d. May 1987)
Angela Lansbury (b. October 16, 1925,
at 12:45 a.m., London, England)
Father: William "Willie" McIldowie (Director of the Belfast Opera)
Mother: Elizabeth "Cissie" Mageean
Remains: She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea in the English Channel.
Error correction or clarification
NOTE: Moyna Macgill was occasionally credited as Moyna Magill.
Her last name is spelled Macgill, with a lower case "g" not
"Moyna MacGill" as is often misreported.
The most in-depth of more than three dozen
sources consulted in preparing this
Balancing Act: The Authorized Biography of Angela Lansbury, by Martin Gottfried (1999)
Angela Lansbury: A Biography, by Margaret Wander Bonanno (1987)
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