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Madeleine Carroll

A classic Hitchcock blonde who became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Madeleine Carroll walked away from fame after her sister was killed in the Blitz to work for the Red Cross and as an advocate for children displaced by the War.

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MADELEIN CARROLL

So many have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to win their spots on the Hollywood A-list, it is difficult to imagine they would ever do anything that could damage that reputation. No one can stay on top forever, of course, but those who make it usually work even harder to stay there. This makes the stories of those who simply walk away from their A-list fame all the more fascinating.

Madeleine Carroll never intended to be an actress. Born at 32 Herbert St, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, 1906, all her life she had planned to follow her father, an Irish professor of Languages, into the teaching profession. Her French mother instilled an appreciation of social graces in both Madeleine and her younger sister Guigette (short for Marguerite, 18 months junior to Madeleine). The family spent many happy holidays in County Limerick, Ireland, where Professor Carroll was born, and Madeleine took advantage of her father's tutoring to be able to complete her studies at Birmingham University at the age of 14. She obtained her BA by 1926 and faced the decision of whether she should continue her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris (her father's old school or simply to begin her career teaching French.)

Suddenly, an unexpected third option presented itself when she joined the school's drama society during her senior year. She tried out for the annual student play, "and somehow I did it as if I had been acting all my life. I understood then how people get ‘a call’.” She was offered a contract with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which she declined at her father's insistence. She took her new BA (with honors) in French and moved to Paris for advanced studies, but returned almost immediately to pursue an acting career. Her father banished her from his home, but she supported herself teaching French while looking for acting jobs in Birmingham. When she had saved enough, she moved to London.

Madeleine Carroll

Madeleine won a spot in Sir Seymour Hicks' repertory company and appeared in the popular play The Lash (1927) but managed to get out of her contract to appear in the silent film The Guns of Loos (1928). The female lead in the picture was "a nice English girl with a cultivated background" and Madeleine was able to nail it. She later admitted that it also led her to believe that she was more popular and talented than she really was. Her next few pictures were less successful, but she worked hard to improve her skills, which boosted her popularity as well. Her first talking picture was The American Prisoner (1929) and she was soon considered British cinema's top leading lady. After appearing in The School for Scandal (1930), The Written Law (1931), Madame Guillotine (1931), and The Kissing Cup Race (1931), Madeleine suddenly announced her retirement so that she could devote more time to her new husband, Captain Phillip Astley of the Kings Guards.

Her retirement was short-lived, however, once Gaumont-British Studios offered her a contract for £650 per week in 1933. She was loaned to Fox for her American debut, John Ford's The World Moves On (1934) with Franchot Tone. She became an international star when Alfred Hitchcock placed her in the espionage thriller The 39 Steps (1935) which he followed up with Secret Agent (1936), for which she received top billing over Peter Lorre and John Gielgud.

With the success of the two Hitchcock films at Gaumont, Madeleine moved to Hollywood and signed with Paramount where she appeared with Gary Cooper in The General Died at Dawn (1936) and opposite Ronald Colman in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). By 1938, she was making $250,000, one of the highest salaries in the industry, and she renegotiated her contract with Paramount for two pictures a year. She told the press of her excitement to "make important films promoting world peace".

Instead, 1939 found her in a trio of light comedies with Fred MacMurray, culminating with Honeymoon in Bali. She divorced now-Colonel Astley and appeared in Virginia (1939) with Sterling Hayden, whom she would marry in 1942. Before that, her world was turned upside down when she received news that her beloved sister Guigette had been killed during the Blitz in London on October 17, 1940. She rallied well enough to star again with MacMurray in One Night in Lisbon (1941), and again with Hayden in Bahama Passage (1941). Her biggest success before her second marriage was as a foil to Bob Hope in My Favorite Blonde (1942).

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Madeleine became a naturalized American citizen in 1943 and joined the Red Cross to work at the Army Air Force's 61st Station Hospital in Foggia, Italy. Many injured fliers reported that the first thing they saw after waking from surgery was the concerned face of an angelic blond. In 1946, she decided to stay in Europe to work with French children who had been orphaned by the War. She divorced Hayden and married French producer Henri Lavorel.

She returned to Hollywood with her new husband in 1947 to rekindle her film career and raise money for their production company. They split when no offers came. She appeared in another romantic comedy with Fred MacMurray, An Innocent Affair (1948), before making her last film with Otto Preminger, The Fan in 1949. She appeared in Broadway in Goodbye My Fancy (1949) but refused more work after marrying for the fourth time to publisher Andrew Heiskell and giving birth to a daughter. She did, however, find time to make several radio appearances.

Madeleine worked with UNESCO and UNICEF on behalf of children, and was considered a "one woman children's crusade". She divorced Heiskell in 1965 and spent the early years of her retirement in Paris before settling in the expat colony in Marbella, Spain. She passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1989 at the age of 81. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of fame at 6707 Hollywood Blvd was placed to honor Madeleine Carroll's contributions to Motion Pictures.

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    1. Affairs Of Dr Gentry 570124 Will John Stand Behind Sandra.mp3
    2. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1.mp3
    3. Best Plays 530830 49 Tonight At 8 30.mp3
    4. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 430417 Madeline Carroll.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 430302 Madeleine Carroll .mp3
    6. Campbell Playhouse 390210 10 Green Goddess.mp3
    7. Campbell Playhouse 391119 37 Garden Of Allah.mp3
    8. Campbell Playhouse 400331 56 Jane Eyre.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 410428 Heart And Fountain.mp3
    10. Cavalcade Of America 420126 Tomorrow And Tomorrow.mp3
    11. Cavalcade Of America 420803 This Our Exile.mp3
    12. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington.mp3
    13. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
    14. Cavalcade Of America 421019 That They Might Live.mp3
    15. Cavalcade Of America 421102 Toward Farther Star.mp3
    16. Cavalcade Of America 421109 Torpedo Lane.mp3
    17. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny.mp3
    18. Cavalcade Of America 430614 Make Way For Lady.mp3
    19. Cavalcade Of America 490124 Queens Handmaid.mp3
    20. Cavalcade Of America 490523 Woman Sword.mp3
    21. Cp 420318 004 Fred Allen Henny Youngman Gladys Swarthout.mp3
    22. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490225 22 Lady Lamp.mp3
    23. Kmh 420129 Us Field Art March Sam Snead Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    24. Kmh 480101 Avalon Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    25. Lux Radio 361228 113 Cavalcade.mp3
    26. Lux Radio 371227 156 Beloved Enemy.mp3
    27. Lux Radio 380221 164 Romance.mp3
    28. Lux Radio 380425 173 Dangerous.mp3
    29. Lux Radio 391023 234 Invitation To Happiness.mp3
    30. Lux Radio 400311 254 My Son My Son.mp3
    31. Lux Radio 400916 273 Love Is News.mp3
    32. Lux Radio 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir.mp3
    33. Martin And Lewis 490501 005 Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    34. Mgm Of Air 500127 16 Riptide.mp3
    35. Nbc Radio 590429 03 Believers.mp3
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    4. Omf 580113 B129c10 Message From Nicky.mp3
    5. Omf 580114 B129c11 Lesson For Penelope.mp3
    6. Omf 580121 B129c16 Awakening.mp3
    7. Omf 580127 B129c20 Application Of Golden Rule.mp3
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    9. Omf 580204 B129c26 Wet Matches In Cave.mp3
    10. Omf 580210 B129c30 Fortune For Pinky.mp3
    11. Omf 580217 B129c35 Abrupt Departure Of Consider Martin.mp3
    12. Omf 580218 B129c36 Report From Idaho.mp3
    13. Omf 580224 B129c40 Big News At Barbours.mp3
    14. Omf 580303 B129c45 Beginning Of House Party.mp3
    15. Omf 580304 B129c46 Matter Of Persuasion.mp3
    16. Omf 580311 B129c51 Time For Decision.mp3
    17. Romance 430823 019 Lady Hamilton.mp3
    18. Sgt 410105 Love Affair.mp3
    19. Studio One 480217 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    20. Studio One 480504 Private Worlds.mp3
    21. Suspense 480902 Morrison Affair.mp3
    22. We Present Hollywood 400000 Northwest Mounted Police Preview.mp3
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    1. Affairs Of Dr Gentry 570124 Will John Stand Behind Sandra.mp3
    2. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1.mp3
    3. Best Plays 530830 49 Tonight At 8 30.mp3
    4. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 430417 Madeline Carroll.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 430302 Madeleine Carroll .mp3
    6. Campbell Playhouse 390210 10 Green Goddess.mp3
    7. Campbell Playhouse 391119 37 Garden Of Allah.mp3
    8. Campbell Playhouse 400331 56 Jane Eyre.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 410428 Heart And Fountain.mp3
    10. Cavalcade Of America 420126 Tomorrow And Tomorrow.mp3
    11. Cavalcade Of America 420803 This Our Exile.mp3
    12. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington.mp3
    13. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
    14. Cavalcade Of America 421019 That They Might Live.mp3
    15. Cavalcade Of America 421102 Toward Farther Star.mp3
    16. Cavalcade Of America 421109 Torpedo Lane.mp3
    17. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny.mp3
    18. Cavalcade Of America 430614 Make Way For Lady.mp3
    19. Cavalcade Of America 490124 Queens Handmaid.mp3
    20. Cavalcade Of America 490523 Woman Sword.mp3
    21. Cp 420318 004 Fred Allen Henny Youngman Gladys Swarthout.mp3
    22. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490225 22 Lady Lamp.mp3
    23. Kmh 420129 Us Field Art March Sam Snead Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    24. Kmh 480101 Avalon Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    25. Lux Radio 361228 113 Cavalcade.mp3
    26. Lux Radio 371227 156 Beloved Enemy.mp3
    27. Lux Radio 380221 164 Romance.mp3
    28. Lux Radio 380425 173 Dangerous.mp3
    29. Lux Radio 391023 234 Invitation To Happiness.mp3
    30. Lux Radio 400311 254 My Son My Son.mp3
    31. Lux Radio 400916 273 Love Is News.mp3
    32. Lux Radio 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir.mp3
    33. Martin And Lewis 490501 005 Madeleine Carroll.mp3
    34. Mgm Of Air 500127 16 Riptide.mp3
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    4. Omf 580113 B129c10 Message From Nicky.mp3
    5. Omf 580114 B129c11 Lesson For Penelope.mp3
    6. Omf 580121 B129c16 Awakening.mp3
    7. Omf 580127 B129c20 Application Of Golden Rule.mp3
    8. Omf 580128 B129c21 Monster Tinted Green.mp3
    9. Omf 580204 B129c26 Wet Matches In Cave.mp3
    10. Omf 580210 B129c30 Fortune For Pinky.mp3
    11. Omf 580217 B129c35 Abrupt Departure Of Consider Martin.mp3
    12. Omf 580218 B129c36 Report From Idaho.mp3
    13. Omf 580224 B129c40 Big News At Barbours.mp3
    14. Omf 580303 B129c45 Beginning Of House Party.mp3
    15. Omf 580304 B129c46 Matter Of Persuasion.mp3
    16. Omf 580311 B129c51 Time For Decision.mp3
    17. Romance 430823 019 Lady Hamilton.mp3
    18. Sgt 410105 Love Affair.mp3
    19. Studio One 480217 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    20. Studio One 480504 Private Worlds.mp3
    21. Suspense 480902 Morrison Affair.mp3
    22. We Present Hollywood 400000 Northwest Mounted Police Preview.mp3
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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A001

    1. Lux Radio 361228 113 Cavalcade

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    1. Lux Radio 371227 156 Beloved Enemy

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    1. Lux Radio 380221 164 Romance

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    1. Lux Radio 400311 254 My Son My Son

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    1. Sgt 410105 Love Affair

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    1. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1

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    1. Cavalcade Of America 410428 Heart And Fountain
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    1. Kmh 420129 Us Field Art March Sam Snead Madeleine Carroll

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    1. Cp 420318 004 Fred Allen Henny Youngman Gladys Swarthout
    2. Cavalcade Of America 420803 This Our Exile

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A016

    1. Cavalcade Of America 420810 I Mary Washington
    2. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A017

    1. Cavalcade Of America 421019 That They Might Live
    2. Cavalcade Of America 421102 Toward Farther Star

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A018

    1. Cavalcade Of America 421109 Torpedo Lane
    2. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A019

    1. Burns And Allen 430302 Madeleine Carroll
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 430417 Madeline Carroll
    3. Cavalcade Of America 430614 Make Way For Lady

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A020

    1. Romance 430823 019 Lady Hamilton

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    1. Lux Radio 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir

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    1. Kmh 480101 Avalon Madeleine Carroll

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    1. Studio One 480217 Farewell To Arms

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    1. Studio One 480504 Private Worlds

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    1. Suspense 480902 Morrison Affair
    2. Cavalcade Of America 490124 Queens Handmaid

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A026

    1. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490225 22 Lady Lamp
    2. Martin And Lewis 490501 005 Madeleine Carroll

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    1. Cavalcade Of America 490523 Woman Sword

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    1. Mgm Of Air 500127 16 Riptide

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A029

    1. Best Plays 530830 49 Tonight At 8 30

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A030

    1. Affairs Of Dr Gentry 570124 Will John Stand Behind Sandra
    2. Omf 580106 B129c05 Jack Barbour And Christmas Bills
    3. Omf 580107 B129c06 Consider Martin Paints Town
    4. Omf 580113 B129c10 Message From Nicky
    5. Omf 580114 B129c11 Lesson For Penelope

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A031

    1. Omf 580121 B129c16 Awakening
    2. Omf 580127 B129c20 Application Of Golden Rule
    3. Omf 580128 B129c21 Monster Tinted Green
    4. Omf 580204 B129c26 Wet Matches In Cave
    5. Omf 580210 B129c30 Fortune For Pinky

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A032

    1. Omf 580217 B129c35 Abrupt Departure Of Consider Martin
    2. Omf 580218 B129c36 Report From Idaho
    3. Omf 580224 B129c40 Big News At Barbours
    4. Omf 580303 B129c45 Beginning Of House Party
    5. Omf 580304 B129c46 Matter Of Persuasion

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A033

    1. Omf 580311 B129c51 Time For Decision
    2. Nbc Radio 590429 03 Believers

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    Madeleine Carroll Disc A034

    1. Nbc Radio 590514 014 Blues For Buddie

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