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Dulcie Gray

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Veteran British actress Dulcie Gray's career is often linked with that of her late actor/husband Michael Denison, with whom she appeared frequently on stage, TV and in films. Dulcie was born in Malaya, where her father was a lawyer and sent her to boarding school in England at quite an early age. Originally interested in dance until the lure of the theatre altered her direction, she attended the Webber Douglas Drama School where she met her future husband. Dulcie became a London stage star with dramatic roles in "The Little Foxes" as Alexandra, and "Brighton Rock." From there she slowly moved into such popular Gainborough Studio films as Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945), A Place of One's Own (1945) and They Were Sisters (1945), her first lead. With husband Michael, she later appeared in My Brother Jonathan (1948), The Glass Mountain (1949) and Angels One Five (1952) to generous reviews. However, like her husband, the theatre was her true calling and she would stay committed to it for most of her career, making relatively few films overall. She and Michael performed together in 26 stage productions, including "Candida" and "An Ideal Husband". Dulcie later turned to writing, authoring 24 books, most of which are crime novels. She earned TV success back in England with Howards' Way (1985) (in which Michael also starred) - a major hit in the late '80s -- and, following his death in 1998, she returned to the theatre playing delightful elderlies in such fare as "The Ladykillers" and "The Lady Vanishes".