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Wendy Toye
Birth: May 1, 1917
Hackney
Greater London, England
Death: Feb. 27, 2010
London
Greater London, England

Entertainer. A stage prodigy, she shall be remembered for an eight decade career as a dancer, actress, choreographer, and director. Born Beryl May Jessie Toye to a theatrical family, she learned to dance while still a toddler, and made her first public appearance at around three; on one memorable occasion, she was tasked with leading an aging and nearly blind Dame Ellen Terry on stage for her performance. By nine, she had choreographed a ballet sequence for the London Palladium, and at 12 she made her 'official' professional bow as 'Peasbolssom' in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Old Vic. By 14, Wendy was a principal dancer at the Royal Albert Hall in "Hiawatha", and with Dame Ninette de Valois' Vic-Wells Ballet (now, Royal Ballet). By her mid-teens, she was touring with the British Ballet, and making regular appearances on both stage in the silver screen. Wendy was seen in "Toad of Toad Hall" (1931) and the 1934 "A Golden Toy"; her movie debut came in 1931's "Dance Pretty Lady". She attracted notice with the 1935 "Invitation to the Waltz", and throughout the 1930s and 1940s was kept busy as both a dancer and actress. From 1935 to 1942, she created dance sets for both film and stage productions; she made her debut as a stage director in 1948, and was to prove equally adept at Shakespeare, opera, and West End musicals. Among her noted efforts were a 1959 "As You Like It" for the Old Vic, "Bless the Bride", "Robert and Elizabeth", "Show Boat", and "The Sound of Music" (1992) in the West End, and Sadler's Wells Opera presentations of "Bluebeard's Castle", "Die Fledermaus", and "Orpheus in the Underworld". Wendy branched out into film directing in the early 1950s; the 23-minute "The Stranger Left No Card" won the prize for Best Fictional Short Film at Cannes in 1953, and led to a directing contract. She produced "Three Cases of Murder" (1953) with Orson Welles, 1955's "Raising a Riot", and earned an Oscar nomination for the Christmas-themed 1955 "On the Twelfth Day", in which she also took a small role. Wendy left movie making in 1963, and was always proud of never having gone over budget. She did some television work begining in the 1970s, producing a remake of "The Stranger Left No Card" and the 1986 "Barnum!". Weddy gradually retired in her late 70s. She was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992. Her only marriage was dissolved in 1950; she lived her final years in a north London theatrical retirement home. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Mortlake Crematorium
Mortlake
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Greater London, England
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Feb 28, 2010
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Wendy Toye
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Wendy Toye
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