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Anne Heywood
Born Violet Pretty
11 December 1932 (1932-12-11) (age 77)
Handsworth, Birmingham, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1988

Anne Heywood (born 11 December 1932) is a British film actress.

Born as Violet Pretty in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, she won the Miss Great Britain title under her real name in 1950, and also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She began acting in films in the early 1950s, first in supporting roles but gradually evolving into a leading lady.

One of her more prominent film roles was in a film adaptation of a D. H. Lawrence novel, The Fox, co-starring Sandy Dennis, made in 1967, which caused controversy at the time due to its lesbian themes.[1] In the 1970s, she appeared in several giallo-type thrillers made in Italy.

Her career declined in the 1980s, and after a character role in the TV series The Equalizer, she retired from acting. She now resides in the United States.


Year Film Role Notes
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Dorothy Marlowe (beauty contest contestant) (as Violet Pretty)
1956 Find the Lady Receptionist
Checkpoint Gabriela
1957 The Depraved Laura Wilton
Doctor at Large Emerald
Dangerous Exile Glynis
1958 Violent Playground Catherine 'Cathie' Murphy
1959 The Heart of a Man Julie
Floods of Fear Elizabeth Matthews
Upstairs and Downstairs Kate
1960 Carthage in Flames Fulvia
A Terrible Beauty Neeve Donnelly
1961 Petticoat Pirates Chief Officer Anne Stevens
1962 The Very Edge Tracey Lawrence
Stork Talk Lisa Vernon
The Brain Anna Holt
1965 Ninety Degrees in the Shade Alena
1967 The Fox Ellen March Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 The Lady of Monza Virginia de Leyva
Midas Run Sylvia Giroux
The Chairman Kay Hanna
1972 Scenes from a Murder Eleanor Loraine
I Want What I Want Roy/Wendy
1973 The Nun and the Devil Mother Giulia
Trader Horn Nicole Mercer
1974 Love Under the Elms
1979 Ring of Darkness Carlotta Rhodes
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Evelyn Wyckoff
1984 What Waits Below Frieda Shelley


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