Gene Anderson

Gene Anderson was an English actress who had a career in television, film, and theatre from the early 1950s up until her death in 1965 at the age of 34. She was the first wife of actor Edward Judd and is best known for her performances in the films The Long Haul (1957) and The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961). Born in London, Anderson was trained as an actress at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (then known as the Central School of Speech and Drama). She made her film debut in the small role of June Maple in Guy Hamilton’s 1953 drama film The Intruder. Her first larger screen role came later that year in the supporting role of Renee Wexford in the crime film Flannelfoot. Her first leading part in a film was as Pamela in 1954’s Tale of Three Women. She also performed in the theatre, creating the role of Marie Charlet in the world premiere of Pierre La Mure’s Monsieur Toulouse at the Connaught Theatre in a production directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. In the West End, she portrayed the central role of the Nurse in the UK premiere of Edward Albee’s The Death of Bessie Smith. She also appeared on British television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including as a main cast member of the 1950s British television dramas The Crime of the Century and A Mask for Alexis. She was also a frequent guest actress on British television series in the 1950s and 1960s. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage while rehearsing for a television episode appearance in London on May 5, 1965 at the age of 34

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