The original Miss Marple : Dame Margaret Rutherford (501 views as at 16th August 2011) by Margaret Sanderson

The original Miss Marple : Dame Margaret Rutherford (501 views as at 16th August 2011) by 

The undoubted Queen of British character actors, was Margaret Rutherford (1892 -1972).
With her impeccable comic timing and a face like a startled bloodhound, she was a natural; the sort of player that only comes along once in a generation.

Margaret was a late-comer to professional acting and chose to teach elocution. She was in her thirties before she made her professional debut,
as a lady jewel thief in Dusty Ermine. But her role in Blithe Spirit made her a true star. Her definitive Madame Arcati was unforgettable, a weird combination of heartiness and spirituality.
Other films included The Happiest Days of your life, with Alastair Sim, and the sixties brought the role she is probably most famous for: that of Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple (in Murder She Said, … at the Gallop, . . . Ahoy, … Most Foul). By any sensible criteria she was hopelessly mis-cast – but who cares? She’s wonderful even if the material isn’t. This series also gave her husband Stringer Davis his most prominent role in films (as her side-kick Mr Stringer). They’d married in 1945 and he had small parts in most of her films since then.

The sixties also brought her a best supporting actress Oscar for The VIPs. In a film packed with stars she out-classed them all. She followed that with her best dramatic performance as Mistress Quickly in The Chimes at Midnight and got a Damehood in the same year.
Ill-health meant she didn’t film much after that. She died in 1972 and her husband passed away the following year. 501 views as at 16th Aug 2011.

Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Board extra smooth surface, 300gsm,16 inches x 12 inches.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    stunning work .. you have captured her perfectly .. well done

  • Thanks LoneAngel!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, very professional work. Big congrats on the feature

  • Thank you very much Thea!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Anothe classic Margaret!!

  • Thanks a lot Neil!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Superb portrait Margaret, as usual !
    She still remains my favourite Miss Marple, all the others couldn’t hold a candle to her !

  • I totally agree with you George! She was a class act!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Robyn!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Ladymoose
    Ladymooseabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Ladymoose!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Gary Fernandez
    Gary Fernandezabout 4 years ago

    Great portrait Margaret, you captured Margaret brilliantly. I can see her now giving poor little Norman a roasting..

  • Thanks Gary. She was just a joy to watch.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • IrisGelbart
    IrisGelbartabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Iris!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • waynea3
    waynea3about 4 years ago

    Great work! And she was definitely my favourite Mrs Marple!

  • Thank you Wayne. She was such a brilliant character.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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