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Frieda Inescort
Born Frieda Wrightman
29 June 1901
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died February 26, 1976 (aged 74)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Years active 1935–1961
Spouse(s) Ben Ray Redman (1926-1961) (his death)

Frieda Inescort (born Frieda Wrightman 29 June 1901, Edinburgh – 26 February 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California) was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noel Coward's play Hay Fever.



She moved to Hollywood and made her film debut in The Dark Angel (1935). Her other films include Mary of Scotland (1936), The Letter (1940), The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941), You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and A Place in the Sun (1951).

She appeared with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson as the conniving Caroline Bingley in the 1940 film version of Pride and Prejudice

Husband's death

On August 2, 1961, she and her husband since 1926, Ben Ray Redman, dined out. Redman had been despondent for some time. Returning home he went upstairs to bed. He then called Frieda informing her he was depressed over the state of the world and had taken pills. By the time the paramedics arrived, he had died, a suicide at the age of 65. He had been working as a writer for the Saturday Review and was also involved in the translation of European classics into English.


Inescort had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1930s. Her disease accelerated after her husband's death, and she was using a wheelchair by the mid-1960s. On July 7, 1964, her estranged mother, Elaine Inescourt, died in Brighton, England, aged 87.

Frieda Inescort worked as much as possible for the multiple sclerosis association. Often seen in the Hollywood area, seated in her wheelchair, she collected donations outside supermarkets and in malls.


Frieda Inescort died in Woodland Hills, California from multiple sclerosis, aged 74, a disease she had battled since 1932.


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