- Joan Hickson
name = Joan Hickson
birthdate = birth date|1906|8|5|df=y
Kingsthorpe, Northampton, England
deathdate = death date and age|1998|10|17|1906|8|5|df=y
spouse = Eric Butler
tonyawards = Best Featured Actress in a Play
Joan Hickson OBE (
5 August 1906– 17 October 1998) was an English actress of theatre, filmand television, who achieved fame in her old age playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marplein the television series of the same name.
Kingsthorpe, Northampton, she made her stage debut in 1927, and for several years worked throughout the United Kingdomand achieved success playing comedic, often eccentric characters in London's West End, including the role of the cockney maid Ida in the original production of " See How They Run", at the Q Theatrein 1944, and then at the Comedy Theatrein January 1945.
She made her first film appearance in 1934, and the numerous supporting roles of her career included several
Carry On filmsincluding Sister in Carry On Nurse; in a wonderfully comedic moment, her character in Carry On Girlsdiscovers that someone has played a practical joke on her, waving her underwear from a flagpole. Joan then approaches Jack Douglas, and, with impeccable timing, informs him : "Young man! I want you to take my drawers down!"
In the 1940s she appeared on-stage in an
Agatha Christieplay, "Appointment with Death", which was seen by Christie who wrote in a note to her, "I hope one day you will play my dear Miss Marple" [Haining, Peter. "Agatha Christie - Murder in Four Acts" (Page 140). 1990. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-273-2] .
She also played the housekeeper in the Marple film "
Murder, She Said" (1961), which starred Margaret Rutherfordas Miss Marple (based on Agatha Christie's original novel "4.50 From Paddington" - the novel was known in America as "What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw!"). From 1970 to 1971, she played Mrs Pugsley in "Bachelor Father". In 1986, she played the part of a talkative old lady called Mrs Trellis in "Clockwise".
Her stage career included roles in
Noël Coward's " Blithe Spirit", the Tony Hatch- Jackie Trent1975 musical "The Card", and Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedroom Farce", for which she won a 1979 Tony Awardfor Best Featured Actress in a Play'.
In 1980 she appeared in yet another Agatha Christie production, as Mrs. Rivington in "
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?".
BBCbegan filming the works of Agatha Christie in the early 1980s, and were conscious of the criticism that had been levelled at the most famous portrayal of Miss Marple given by Margaret Rutherford. Though admired, Rutherford's Marple bore little resemblance to the character as written, and the plots of the early Christie film versions varied sharply from the author's carefully constructed plotlines.
In making a new series, the makers determined to remain faithful to the plotlines and locales of Christie's stories, and most importantly to represent Miss Marple as written. Hickson played the role in all 12 adaptations of the novels produced from 1984 to 1992, and received two
BAFTAnomination and an OBE. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the award and was delighted to do so, telling Joan that, as an ardent fan of Miss Marple, "You play the part just as one envisages it." The Queen has always been a fan of Agatha Christie - she invited the writer to dine at Buckingham Palacein about 1954, and Christie said it was one of the most exciting things that had ever happened to her [Christie, Agatha. "An Autobiography" (Page 321). Collins, 1977. ISBN 0-00-216012-9] .
As well as portraying Miss Marple on television, Hickson also narrated a number of "Miss Marple" stories on audio books.
Hickson died in
Colchester, Englandof natural causes at the age of 92.
The actor Tony Hickson is a distant relation.
Miss Marple filmography
The Body in the Library" (1984)
The Moving Finger" (1985)
A Murder is Announced" (1985)
A Pocket Full of Rye" (1985)
The Murder at the Vicarage" (1986) - BAFTA nomination
Sleeping Murder" (1987)
At Bertram's Hotel" (1987)
*"Nemesis" (1987) - BAFTA nomination
4.50 from Paddington" (1987)
A Caribbean Mystery" (1989)
*"They Do It With Mirrors" (1991)
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (1992)
Doctor at Sea" (1955)
Value for Money" (1955)
Port of Escape" (1956)
The Extra Day" (1956)
Carry on Admiral" (1957)
* "No Kidding" (1960)
Carry on Girls 1973
* [http://www.bris.ac.uk/theatrecollection/search/people_sub_plays?forename=Joan&surname=HICKSON&job=Actor&pid=11987&image_view=Yes&x=19&y=17 Performances by Joan Hickson in the Archive of the University of Bristol]
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