Anderson, Judith

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Anderson, Judith Gender: F
Frances Margaret Anderson
born on 10 February 1897 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Adelaide, Australia, 34s55, 138e35
Timezone ACST h9e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Sutton
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 21°12' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 19°18 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 15°30'

Judith Anderson (1934)


Australian actress who had a successful career in stage, film and television, becoming Australia’s second Oscar nominee. A pre-eminent stage actress in her era, she won two Emmy Awards (Macbeth, 1954, 1960) and a Tony Award (Medea, 1947) and was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Wuthering Heights) along with her Academy Award nomination (Rebecca, 1940). She is considered one of the 20th century's greatest classical stage actors.

Anderson received a career boost when cast in Alfred Hitchcock's film Rebecca (1940). As the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, Anderson was required to mentally torment the young bride, the "second Mrs. de Winter" (Joan Fontaine), even encouraging her to commit suicide; and to taunt her husband (Laurence Olivier) with the memory of his first wife, the never-seen "Rebecca" of the title. The movie was a huge critical and commercial success, and Anderson was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Anderson was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1960 and thereafter was often billed as "Dame Judith Anderson". On 10 June 1991, in the Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), "in recognition of service to the performing arts".

Anderson was married twice and declared that "neither experience was a jolly holiday". She had a stepson. Anderson spent much of her life in Santa Barbara, California, where she died of pneumonia on 3 January 1992, aged 94.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Fontaine, Joan (born 22 October 1917). Notes: Co-stars in 1940 film "Rebecca"
  • associate relationship with Gielgud, John (born 14 April 1904). Notes: Co-stars
  • associate relationship with Ives, Burl (born 14 June 1909). Notes: Co-stars
  • associate relationship with Olivier, Laurence (born 22 May 1907). Notes: Co-stars in stage, film and TV productions


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Anderson's data from a document, "More Oz Birth Data," compiled by Dennis Sutton, stating source as "From her to Susan Alexander. Time given was 'just after midnight', rectified by Sutton to 12:15am. Most sources give birth year as 1898. Who's Who of Australian Women gives 1897."


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Pneumonia)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, TV, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Two)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (DBE, AC)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure