Jill Bennett - 1961

Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett (24 December 1931 – 4 October 1990) was an English actress. Born in Penang before moving back to Surrey where she attended boarding school before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her stage début in the 1949 season at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford upon Avon and her film début in The Long Dark Hall (1951) with Rex Harrison.

Duffy photographed Bennett for 'Vogue's Eye View' published on the 1st of November 1961. The full-page portrait was accompanied by the caption - "Huge blue eyes, vivid features, a circus pony's maine of albino hair add up to Jill Benett's completely individual good looks. One of our best actresses - and one of whom we don't see enough - She is currently appearing in a Shaw double bill at the Mermaid."

Bennett was best known for her roles in ‘Moulin Rouge’ (1952), ‘The Nanny’ (1965), ‘Mister Quilp’ (1975) and ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981). She was married to screenwriter Willis Hall between 1962-1965 and later John Osbourne from 1968-1978. Bennett sadly took her own life in October 1990 aged 58 years old.

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