Janet Munro, Oldham Coliseum, Alex Munro, Oldham Rep, Preston Repertory Theatre
Janet Munro, daughter of well known Scottish comedian Alex Munro. She began her acting career in 1951 at Preston Repertory Theatre with the Reggie Salberg Players, before moving on to Oldham Rep at the Oldham Coliseum in 1953. Her first movie came in 1956, in Small Hotel" wirth Gordon Harker and in 1958 she was the first female to be placed on long term contract by the Walt Disney organisation where she starred in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" a film for which she won a Golden Globe Award as Best Newcomer. Later she appeared in "Third Man on the Mountain" with Michael Rennie and James MacArthur, and "Swiss Family Robinson" with John Mills.Other movies in which she subsequently starred were "Day the Earth Caught Fire" with Leo McKern, "Life for Ruth" with Michael Craig and Patrick McGoohan (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA as Best Actress) and in "Sebastian" with Dirk Bogarde in 1968.Her marriage to Ian Hendry ended in divorce in 1971 and tragically she died in December 1972, at the tender age of 38, from a heart attack. She left two daughters, Sally and Corrie.June 1960 M4297-002"
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