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Joyce Grant (January 23, 1924 – July 11, 2006) was a UK-based South African actress.

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South Africa

Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, she was encouraged by her father to come to London to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

She returned to South Africa to begin her acting career. Her performances included “Lola” in William Inge's Come Back Little Sheba and as “Laura Wingfield” in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

London

At the end of the 1950s she returned to London permanently. In Jack Pulman's The Happy Apple, her singing voice nightly brought the house down with her rendering of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

She appeared in Something’s Afoot, The Club, Deathtrap and Tonight at Eight-thirty. She played opposite Frankie Howerd on Broadway in Rockefeller and the Red Indians.

Retirement

After retiring from the stage she became a “buddy” to HIV+ patients at the Lighthouse in London.

During the last nine years of her life she was determined, despite ill health, to broaden her outlook and took various courses at the City Literary Institute and at the University of the Third Age. She lived with her companion of many years, Jean Ridge.

Death

Joyce Grant died on July 11, 2006, from cancer, aged 82.

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