Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Taylor Rutherford (1892 - 1972)

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Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford
Born in Balham, London, Englandmap
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Wife of — married in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
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Died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
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Margaret was born in 1892. She was the daughter of William Benn and Florence Nicholson. She passed away in 1972.


Dame Margaret Rutherford "Madame Arcati & Miss Marple"

b. May 11, 1892. d. May 22, 1972.

Much loved British character actress; best known as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," and as Miss Marple in "Murder She Said," "Murder at the Gallop" etc; Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for "The VIPs." Buried with her is actor husband Stringer Davis who always appeared as her assistant in the Miss Marple films. Epitaph reads "A Blithe Spirit.".

Saint James Churchyard, Gerrards Cross, Buckinhamshire, England Specific Interment Location: Central circle of second half of churchyard next to path.

Dame Margaret Rutherford was a bulky, eccentric comedic supporting player of British films and plays. Following a number of years spent as a speech and piano teacher, she trained at the Old Vic and debuted onstage in 1925, when she was in her 30s; it was 1933 before she appeared in London. Rutherford began appearing in films in 1936 and went on to have a sporadically busy screen career through the late '60s, meanwhile continuing her illustrious stage career.

She is best remembered as Miss Marple, the little old lady detective of Agatha Christie novels, in four films made in the '60s. For her work in The V.I.P.s (1963) she won a "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar. In 1967 Rutherford became a Dame of the British Empire. She was married to actor Stringer Davis, with whom she appeared in several films; one of their children was writer Gordon Langley Hall, who underwent a sex-change operation in 1968 and later wrote a biography of Rutherford under the name "Dawn Langley Hall." She wrote an autobiography, Margaret Rutherford (1972). -


  • "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Margaret Taylor Rutherford, 1892; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wandsworth, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2014), Margaret T Rutherford and null, 1945; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1945, quarter 1, vol. 3A, p. 2849, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2014), Margaret Rutherford, 1972; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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