Judy Birkin

Jane Birkin, the English-born, French-aspiring belle of the 1960s and'70s, was a model, actress, singer, muse, and mother—and undoubtedly, a style icon who continues to influence fashion today. The lithe brunette grew up in London with parents David Birkin, a Royal Navy lieutenant commander, and Judy Campbell, an English actress and singer. As the ultimate sex symbol of the'50s, Marilyn was the obvious choice for the very first Playboy model. The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress started her career as a pinup and ended up in the. Judy Mary Gamble (Judy Campbell), actress: born Grantham, Lincolnshire 31 May 1916; married 1943 Lt-Cdr David Birkin (died 1991; one son, two daughters); died London 6 June 2004.

Mother of actress Jane Birkin, director Andrew Birkin and Linda Mary Birkin. Formerly mother-in-law of composers John Barry and Serge Gainsbourg. Daughter of theatre proprietor and playwright J.A. Campbell (John Arthur Gamble) and his actress wife Mary Fulton.

Antonia Stanley-Clarke1

AntoniaStanley-Clarke is the daughter of Lt.-Col.Alexander FrancisStanley-Clarke.1 She married G/Capt.James MichaelBirkin, son of MajorHarry LaurenceBirkin and Olive IsobelRussell, on 26 April 1956.1 She and G/Capt.James MichaelBirkin were divorced in 1977.
Her married name became Birkin.
Judy Birkin

Children of Antonia Stanley-Clarke and G/Capt.James MichaelBirkin

  • James Francis RichardBirkin1 b. 27 Feb 1957
  • Abigail Victoria AnnBirkin1 b. 6 Mar 1959

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

Lt.-Col. Alexander Francis Stanley-Clarke1

Child of Lt.-Col. Alexander Francis Stanley-Clarke

  • AntoniaStanley-Clarke+1

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

James Francis Richard Birkin1

James Francis RichardBirkin was born on 27 February 1957.1 He is the son of G/Capt.James MichaelBirkin and AntoniaStanley-Clarke.1

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

Abigail Victoria Ann Birkin1

Abigail Victoria AnnBirkin was born on 6 March 1959.1 She is the daughter of G/Capt.James MichaelBirkin and AntoniaStanley-Clarke.1

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

Lt.-Cdr. David Leslie Birkin1

Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin was born on 12 November 1914.1 He was the son of MajorHarry LaurenceBirkin and Olive IsobelRussell.1 He married Judy MaryGamble, daughter of John ArthurGamble, on 9 November 1943.1 He died on 6 March 1991 at age 76 at Kensington, London, England.1,2
He was educated at Harrow School, Harrow, London, EnglandG.1 He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, EnglandG.1 He fought in the Second World War.1 He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.1 He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.)1

Children of Lt.-Cdr. David Leslie Birkin and Judy MaryGamble

  • Andrew TimothyBirkin+1 b. 9 Dec 1945
  • Jane MalloryBirkin+1 b. 14 Dec 1946
  • Linda Mary DeborahBirkin+1 b. 21 Feb 1950

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  2. [S266] World War II Unit Histories - Officers, online http://www.unithistories.com/units_index/default.asp?file=./officers/personsx.html. Hereinafter cited as World War II Unit Histories - Officers.

Judy Mary Gamble1

Judy MaryGamble was born on 31 May 1916 at Grantham, Lincolnshire, EnglandG.3 She was the daughter of John ArthurGamble.1 She married Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin, son of MajorHarry LaurenceBirkin and Olive IsobelRussell, on 9 November 1943.1 She died on 6 June 2004 at age 88.3
She was an actress, including as Joanna in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, and Ethel in his The Happy Breed.1 She was also known as Judy Campbell.1 The song 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', was written after her.1 Her married name became Birkin.

Children of Judy Mary Gamble and Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin

  • Andrew TimothyBirkin+1 b. 9 Dec 1945
  • Jane MalloryBirkin+1 b. 14 Dec 1946
  • Linda Mary DeborahBirkin+1 b. 21 Feb 1950

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  2. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
  3. [S1122] Peerage News, online http://peeragenews.blogspot.co.nz/. Hereinafter cited as Peerage News.

Andrew Timothy Birkin1

Andrew TimothyBirkin was born on 9 December 1945.1 He is the son of Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin and Judy MaryGamble.1
He was educated at Harrow School, Harrow, London, EnglandG.1 He wrote the book J.M. Barrie and The Lost Boys, published 2003 (ASIN: 0300098227.)1

Children of Andrew Timothy Birkin

  • David TristanBirkin1 b. 1977
  • Alexander KingdomBirkin1 b. 1980, d. 8 Nov 2001
  • Edmund XavierBirkin1 b. 1985

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

Jane Mallory Birkin1

Jane MalloryBirkin was born on 14 December 1946.1 She is the daughter of Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin and Judy MaryGamble.1 She married John BarryPrendergast, son of Jack XavierPrendergast, on 16 October 1965.1 She and John BarryPrendergast were divorced in 1968.1
From 16 October 1965, her married name became Barry. She was a pop singer and actress. 'Je t'aime moi non plus' was banned by Pope Paul XII.1 She was appointed Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 2001.1

Child of Jane Mallory Birkin and John BarryPrendergast

  • KateBarry+1 b. 8 Apr 1967, d. 11 Dec 2013

Child of Jane Mallory Birkin and SergeGainsbourg

  • CharlotteGainsbourg1 b. 1971

Child of Jane Mallory Birkin and JacquesDoillon

  • LouiseDoillon1 b. 1982

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  2. [S130] Wikipedia, online http;//www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.

Linda Mary Deborah Birkin1

Linda Mary DeborahBirkin was born on 21 February 1950.1 She is the daughter of Lt.-Cdr.David LeslieBirkin and Judy MaryGamble.1 She married Michael Charles William NorreysJephson in 1978.1
Her married name became Jephson. She lived in 2003 at Hawthorn Lodge, Bushy Park, Teddington, London, EnglandG.1

Children of Linda Mary Deborah Birkin and Michael Charles William NorreysJephson

  • Henry Denham Robert ArthurJephson1 b. 1983
  • George Mountenay David AubreyJephson1 b. 1984
  • Jack Norreys William OrlandoJephson1 b. 1988

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]

John Arthur Gamble1

John ArthurGamble lived at Summer End, Grantham, Lincolnshire, EnglandG.1 He was the proprietor at Theatre Royal, Grantham, Lincolnshire, EnglandG.1 He was also known as J. A. Campbell.1 He was appointed Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)1

Child of John Arthur Gamble

  • Judy MaryGamble+1 b. 31 May 1916, d. 6 Jun 2004

Citations

  1. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 381. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
Judy Campbell in 1940
Born
31 May 1916
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died6 June 2004 (aged 88)
Years active1935–2003
Spouse(s)
(m. 1943; died 1991)​
Children3, including Andrew and Jane Birkin
RelativesDavid Birkin(grandson)
Anno Birkin(grandson)
Kate Barry(granddaughter)
John Barry (composer)(son-in-law)
Charlotte Gainsbourg(granddaughter)
Lou Doillon(granddaughter)

Judy Campbell (born Judith Mary Gamble; 31 May 1916 – 6 June 2004)[1] was an English actress and playwright, widely known to be Noël Coward's muse. Her daughter is the actress and singer Jane Birkin, her son the screenwriter and director Andrew Birkin, and among her grandchildren are the actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, the late poet Anno Birkin, the artist David Birkin and the late photographer Kate Barry.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 31 May 1916, daughter of John Arthur Gamble and his wife Mary (née Fulton), and educated at St Michael's Convent, East Grinstead, Sussex.[2] Both her parents were on the stage; her father was also the author of several plays under his professional name of J.A. Campbell.

In Grantham, her family was acquainted with the family of Margaret Roberts, later to become Margaret Thatcher, ConservativePrime Minister of the United Kingdom. (Thatcher, Margaret (1995). The Path to Power. HarperCollins. p. 14. ISBN0-06-017270-3.)

Career[edit]

No bust blackjack rules for beginners. Campbell made her stage debut in 1935 as a 'Guest' in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Theatre Royal, Grantham, and entered films in 1940 in the London-based thriller Saloon Bar.[1][3]

Judy Campbell in 1942, photographed by her husband Lt Cdr David Birkin at Dartmouth

In 1941 she had a role in the stage musical Lady Behave. While touring with Coward from September 1942 to March 1943, she created the roles of Joanna in Present Laughter and Ethel in the stage production of This Happy Breed, and played Elvira in Blithe Spirit.

She also appeared with him in twice-weekly troop concerts. In 1943 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, she performed in Present Laughter and This Happy Breed on alternate nights under the umbrella title of Play Parade, before playing Elvira in the West End presentation of Blithe Spirit at the Duchess Theatre in 1943. During one performance on tour, she was surprised to feel Coward stroking her shoulder in an affectionate way that was not called-for in the script, and she began to wonder 'Have I succeeded where so many women have failed?' In fact, he was just trying to keep his hands warm in an unheated theatre during fuel rationing.[1]

In 1981 she appeared in Andrew Birkin's BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated short film, Sredni Vashtar, playing the fearsome Aunt Augusta.[4][5] It was her last major film role, although she appeared regularly on British television throughout the remainder of her career.[3] In 2002 she lent her patrician presence to a television remake of The Forsyte Saga.[6]

In December 2002, at the end of a 67-year career as a boulevard actress and chanteuse, she gave her farewell London performances at the King's Head Theatre with Where Are the Songs We Sung?, a nostalgic garland of songs, memories and scenes from plays, accompanied by Stefan Bednarczyk at the piano, a programme they finally reprised at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

The evening recalled her Grantham childhood, the 1950s with Sandy Wilson, by way of the Liverpool rep with Robert Helpmann, wintry tours and troop concerts with Noël Coward and cheering up West End punters during the Blitz on London, including her unique renderings of 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', the Eric Maschwitz standard that made her a star in the New Faces revue at the Comedy Theatre in 1940.

Judy finally recorded 'Nightingale' (and Coward's 'If Love Were All') in September 2003, as part of a cabaret performance with Sheridan Morley and Michael Law at Pizza on the Park.[7]

Campbell had previously appeared as guest star with Morley and Law for several Jermyn Street cabaret performances as well as with Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, most memorably for a Coward centenary concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1999, where she regaled the audience with often hilarious anecdotes about her work with Coward during the 1940s (and sang 'her' Nightingale song).

Legacy[edit]

After her death in 2004 her name was commemorated on the actresses' dressing-room door at the Jermyn Street Theatre.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin, DSCRNVR, until his death in 1991. The couple had three children.

They bought the oldest house in Old Church Street, Chelsea, which was once a pub, 'a few steps from the Chelsea Arts Club', in 1974, and Campbell lived there until her death in 2004.[8]

Death[edit]

Judy Campbell died in London on 6 June 2004, aged 88.

Theatre[edit]

  • 'Guest' in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, Theatre Royal, Grantham (Easter 1935) followed by a season of repertory
  • Season of repertory, Opera House, Coventry (May 1935), followed by a further season at Theatre Royal, Brighton (1936)
  • London debut as Anna in Anthony and Anna, People's Palace (April 1937)
  • Natasha Malakoff in Bulldog Drummond Hits Out, People's Palace (July 1937) and Savoy Theatre (December 1937)
  • Shakespeare and Shaw season, Festival Theatre, Cambridge (1938)
  • Irene in Idiot's Delight, touring with Vic Oliver (July–December 1938)
  • Leading roles with Liverpool Playhouse Company (1939–40)
  • New Faces Revue, Comedy Theatre (April 1940, and again March 1941), 'making a hit with the song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.'
  • Lola Malo in Lady Behave, His Majesty's Theatre (July 1941)
  • Phyllis Tree in Ducks and Drakes, Apollo Theatre (November 1941)
  • Marthe de Brancovis in The Watch on the RhineAldwych Theatre (April 1942)
  • Touring with Noêl Coward (September 1942-March 1943), creating the roles of Joanna in Present Laughter and Ethel in This Happy Breed, also playing Elvira in Blithe Spirit, 'as well as appearing with Noël in twice-weekly troop concerts'.
  • Play Parade: alternate nights in Present Laughter and This Happy Breed, Theatre Royal Haymarket (April 1943)
  • Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Duchess Theatre (July 1943)
  • Mirandolina in The Mistress of the Inn, Arts Theatre (August 1944)
  • Diana Flynn in Another Love Story, Phoenix Theatre, (December 1944)
  • Lydia in Call Home the Heart, touring (1946)
  • Joanna in Portrait of Hickory, Embassy Theatre (April 1948)
  • Martha Shale in This Is Where We Came In, touring (1948)
  • Princess Louise in Royal Highness, Lyric, Hammersmith (April 1949)
  • Miranda Frayle in Relative Values, Savoy Theatre (November 1951)
  • Joanna in Book of the Month, Cambridge Theatre, (April 1956)
  • Sheila Broadbent in The Reluctant Debutante, Cambridge Theatre (April 1956)
  • Helen in A Sparrow Falls in the double-bill Double Yoke, St Martin's Theatre (February 1960)
  • Hermione Hushabye in Heartbreak House, Oxford Playhouse (October 1961) and Wyndham's Theatre (November 1961)
  • Lorette Heller in Domino, touring (February 1963)
  • Lady Slingsby-Craddock in Alan Ayckbourn's Mr Whatnot, New Arts (August 1964)
  • Mrs Clandon in You Never Can Tell, Theatre Royal Haymarket (January 1966)
  • Christine Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra, Arts (June 1967), Balbek and Edinburgh Festival (1968)
  • Sheila in Relatively Speaking, Duke of York's Theatre (September 1967)
  • Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Cambridge Theatre Company, touring (May 1971)
  • Death on Demand, touring (Autumn 1972)
  • Lady Touchwood in The Double Dealer, Bristol Old Vic, Hong Kong Arts Festival (February 1973)
  • Jennifer in My Son's Father, touring (May 1974)
  • Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Oxford Playhouse (October 1975)
  • Beth in Le Weekend, Bristol Old Vic (May 1976)
  • Bron in The Old Country, Theatre Royal Windsor (March 1978)
  • Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion, Young Vic, (January 1981)
  • Duchess of York in Richard II, Young Vic (February 1981)
  • Grand Duchess Charles in The Sleeping Prince, Chichester (August 1983) and Theatre Royal Haymarket (November 1983)
  • Lady Bracknell in The Importance (Wilde musical adaptation), Ambassadors Theatre (May 1984)
  • Madame Vaneska in Noël Coward's Star Quality, Richmond Theatre Gala (March 1989)
  • Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, King's Head Theatre (June 1999)
  • The Jermyn Street Revue, Jermyn Street Theatre (May 2000)
  • Marcel's Grandmother in Remembrance of Things Past, National, Cottesloe (November 2000)
  • Where Are The Songs We Sung?, King's Head Theatre (December 2002) and Jermyn Street Theatre (2003)

Plays by Judy Campbell:

  • Sing Cuckoo, Whitehall Theatre (10 December 1950)
  • The Bright One, Winter Garden Theatre (10 December 1958)
Judy Campbell in 1945

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Convoy (1940) - Lucy Armitage
  • Saloon Bar (1940) - Doris
  • East of Piccadilly (1941) - Penny Sutton
  • Breach of Promise (1942) - Pamela Lawrence
  • The World Owes Me a Living (1945) - Moira Barrett
  • Green for Danger (1947) - Sister Bates
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) - Clementina Walkinshaw
  • There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) - Lady Heather
  • Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) - Mrs. Forbush
  • Sredni Vashtar (1981) - Aunt Augusta
  • Kung-Fu Master (1988) - La mère
  • Future Force (1989) - COPS officer

Television and TV films[edit]

  • The Tamer Tamed (1956) - Katharina
  • Don't Listen Ladies (1963)
  • Anna Karenina (1985) - Countess Vronsky
  • Inspector Morse (1987) - Mrs. Rawlinson
  • The Cater Street Hangman (1998) - Grandmama
  • The Forsyte Saga (Granada, 2002) - Aunt Ann

References[edit]

Judy Berlin Cast

  1. ^ abc'Obituary: Judy Campbell'. The Independent. 10 June 2004. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^Shorter, Eric (9 June 2004). 'Judy Campbell'. The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. ^ ab'Judy Campbell'. BFI.
  4. ^'1981 Film Short Film BAFTA Awards'. awards.bafta.org.
  5. ^'Sredni Vashtar (1981)'. BFI.
  6. ^'The Forsyte Saga[07/04/2002] (2002)'. BFI.
  7. ^'Store'. Piccadilly Dance Orchestra. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  8. ^Tyzack, Anna (11 July 2008). 'Judy Campbell: The £4m house where a nightingale sang'. The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

Sources[edit]

  • 'Obituary: Judy Campbell'. The Daily Telegraph. 9 June 2004.
  • Judy Campbell's CV in Who's Who in the Theatre, 17th Edition (Vol 1), editor Ian Herbert, Gale Research (1981); ISBN0-8103-0235-7
  • Noël Coward's second volume of autobiography, Future Indefinite, William Heinemann (1954)
  • John Thaxter's review of Where Are The Songs We Sung?, What's on in London, published 18 December 2002 (this and other reviews archived in Theatre Record 2002)

External links[edit]

Judy Birkin Young

  • Judy Campbell at IMDb

Judy Birkin Net Worth

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