MARGARET RUTHERFORD d1972. Reverred English character actress who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noel Cowards Blithe Spirit and Oscar Wildes "The Importance of Being Earnest". In 1963 she won the best supporting actress Oscar as The Duchess of Brighton in The VIPs. She is however probably best known for her 1960s performances as Miss Marple in several films based loosely around Agatha Christie novels. In later life she suffered from major bouts of depression and Alzheimers disease which prevented her from working. She died aged 80 in 1972.
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