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Valerie Hobson (14 April 1917 – 13 November 1998) was a British actress who appeared in a number of British films during the 1940s and 1950s. She was born Babette Valerie Louise Hobson in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland. She appeared as Baroness Frankenstein in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) with Boris Karloff and Colin Clive, taking over the role from Mae Clarke, who had played it in the original Frankenstein (1931). Hobson also played opposite Henry Hull that same year in Werewolf of London, the first Hollywood werewolf movie, predating The Wolf Man by six years.

The latter half of the 1940s saw Hobson in perhaps her two most memorable roles: as the adult Estella in David Lean’s 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations, and as the refined and virtuous Edith D’Ascoyne in the 1949 black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. In 1952 she divorced her first husband, film producer Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan (1904–2003), and married MP John Profumo (1915–2006) in 1954, giving up acting shortly afterwards Valerie Hobson’s last starring role was in the original London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical play The King and I which opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on October 8, 1953. She played Mrs. Anna Leonowens opposite Herbert Lom’s King.

After Profumo’s ministerial career ended in disgrace in 1963, following revelations he had lied to the House of Commons about his affair with Christine Keeler, she stood by him, and they worked together for charity for the remainder of her life. Hobson’s eldest son, Simon Anthony Clerveaux Havelock-Allan was born in May 1944 with Down’s Syndrome. Her middle child, Mark Havelock-Allan, was born on 4 April 1951. Her youngest child is author David Profumo, (b. 16 October 1955) wrote Bringing the House Down (2006) about the scandal. She died of a heart attack in London in 1998 and is buried in Surrey, England.


Born: Born: Apr 14, 1917 In Larne, Northern Ireland


FILMOGRAPHY

1954: Monsieur Ripois
1953: Background
1952: Who Goes There!
1952: The Card
1952: Meet Me Tonight
1952: The Voice of Merrill
1949: Train of Events
1949: Kind Hearts and Coronets
1949: The Interrupted Journey
1949: The Rocking Horse Winner
1948: Blanche Fury
1948: The Small Voice
1946: The Years Between
1946: Great Expectations
1943: The Adventures of Tartu
1942: Unpublished Story
1941: Atlantic Ferry
1940: Contraband
1939: The Spy in Black
1939: Q Planes
1939: The Silent Battle
1939: This Man in Paris
1938: This Man Is News
1938: The Drum
1937: Jump for Glory
1936: August Week End
1936: Secret of Stamboul
1936: No Exit
1935: Rendezvous at Midnight
1935: Life Returns
1935: Mystery of Edwin Drood
1935: The Bride of Frankenstein
1935: The Great Impersonation
1935: Chinatown Squad
1935: Werewolf of London
1932: His Lordship

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