MADELEINE CARROLL d1987. English actress, popular both in Britain and America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a then staggering $250,000 in 1938. She is remembered for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935) and was the first British beauty to be offered a major American film contract. She accepted a lucrative deal with Paramount Pictures and was cast opposite Gary Cooper in the adventure The General Died at Dawn (1936) and Ronald Colman in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). She appeared in a musical On The Avenue (1937) opposite Dick Powell, but other efforts including One Night in Lisbon (1941) and My Favorite Blonde (1942) alongside Bob Hope were less noteworthy. She made her final film for director Otto Preminger (adapted from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan) in 1949. She is also noted for abandoning her acting career after the death of her sister Marguerite in the London Blitz to devote herself to helping wounded servicemen & children displaced and maimed by the war. She died in Spain aged 81 from pancreatic cancer on 2nd October 1987.
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