Sarah Millicent Hermione Touchet-Jesson, Baroness Audley (née Spencer-Churchill; 7 October 1914 – 24 September 1982) was a British actress and dancer known for being the daughter of Winston Churchill
Sarah Churchill was a British actress and dancer, of American descent. She was born in London in 1914. She was the 3rd child and 2nd daughter born to politician Winston Churchill (1874-1965) and his wife Clementine Ogilvy Hozier (1885 -1977).
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Sarah Churchill was born in London, the second daughter of Winston Churchill, later Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, and Clementine Churchill, later Baroness Spencer-Churchill; she was the third of the couple's five children and was named after Sir Winston's ancestor, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. She was educated at Notting Hill High School as a day girl and later at North Foreland Lodgeas a boarder.
Churchill married three times: 1. Vic Oliver, born as Victor Oliver von Samek, a popular comedian and musician (1936–1945) (divorced) 2. Anthony Beauchamp (1949–1957) (widowed) 3. Thomas Percy Henry Touchet-Jesson, 23rd Baron Audley(1962–1963) (widowed) It has been both stated and confirmed by multiple sources,[who?] including Sarah Churchill's sister, Lady Soames, that Winston and Clementine Churchill neither liked nor approved of Sarah's first two husbands. Towards the end of her marriage to Vic Oliver, she began an affair with the American ambassador to Britain, John Winant; it is believed the failure of the relationship contributed to the depression that led to his suicide in 1947.Only Sarah's third marriage to Lord Audley (the love of her life, it was said) was greeted with warm approval by both parents. In numerous books about the Churchill family, it is said that Clementine (despite her disapproval) managed to be polite to both Vic Ol...
During the Second World War, Churchill joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). In her account of the work of photo reconnaissance Evidence in Camera Constance Babington Smith records that she was with them and worked closely on the interpretation of photographs for the 1942 invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch. Known by the name Sarah Oliver, Babington Smith says she was "a quick and versatile interpreter." Aspects of Churchill's wartime service are also described in detail in Women of Intelligence: Winning the Second World War with Air Photos. American author Christopher Ogden's biography of Pamela Harriman and other sources indicate that during the war she had an affair with (married) US Ambassador John Gilbert Winant, and that it ended badly. Winant committed suicide in 1947.
Churchill is best known for her role in the film Royal Wedding (1951) as Anne Ashmond, romantic interest of Fred Astaire as Tom Bowen. In the same year, she had her own television show. She also appeared in He Found a Star (1941), All Over the Town (1949), Fabian of the Yard (1954) and Serious Charge(1959). She appeared on both the Jack Bennyradio and television programmes. On television, she appeared on the episode "How Jack Met Rochester." In 1961, she appeared as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Pembroke-in-the-round Theatre in West Croydon. Her parents were noted as paying a surprise visit to watch her performance which was almost entirely attended by Croydon schoolchildren, and her father (who sat in the front row of an in-the-round performance and so was highly visible throughout) fell asleep.
During the course of her life she created several lithographic prints. In the 1950s Churchill produced several prints featuring Malibu, California.Later in the 1970s, Churchill commercially published a collaborative series of portraits of her father, Sir Winston Churchill through Curtis Hooper, entitled "A Visual Philosophy of Sir Winston Churchill". The series was carefully constructed by Churchill to represent her father's great drive. In the series, most of the prints were based on famous photographs chosen by Churchill, while one was based on Churchill's drawing of her father. Each print was given a quote by Sir Winston Churchill and were signed by Sarah Churchill in pencil.
Churchill appeared in a London revival of Shaw’s Pygmalion in the 1950s, but drinking had become a problem. She was arrested for making a scene in the street on a number of occasions and even spent a short spell on remand in Holloway Prison. She wrote frankly about this in her 1981 autobiography Keep on Dancing.
Sarah Churchill died on 24 September 1982 at the age of 67. She is buried with her parents and siblings at St Martin's Church, Bladon, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire.Sarah Churchill on IMDbSarah Churchill at the Internet Broadway DatabaseSarah Churchill at Find a Grave
Sarah Churchill was a British actress, dancer, and the daughter of Winston Churchill. She is best known for her portrayal of Anne Ashmond in the 1951 musical comedy film, ‘Royal Wedding.’ She also served the ‘Women’s Auxiliary Air Force’ (WAAF) as a photo interpreter during the ‘Second World War.’
Sarah Millicent Hermione Touchet-Jesson, Baroness Audley (née Spencer-Churchill;lower-alpha 1 7 October 1914– 24 September 1982) was a British actress and dancer known for being the daughter of Winston Churchill, who was Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. 1 Early life 2 Personal life 3 Second World War service 4 Acting career 5 Prints 6 Alcoholism 7 Death and interment ...
Clementine Churchill , Baroness Spencer-Churchill, the widow of Sir Winston Churchill, is seen off by her daughter, actress Sarah Churchill , on the... Actress Sarah Hyland attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Stage and Screen, pic: 18th December 1958, British actress Sarah Churchill, the actress daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, who had become Lady Audley... Stage and Screen, pic: 26 April 1962, London, British actress Sarah Churchill, 1914-1982) the actress daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, pictured...
Sep 24, 1982 · LONDON -- Actress Sarah Churchill, Sir Winston's beautiful, hard-living daughter who once said she burned her 'scandals at both ends' died Friday, a family spokesman said. She was 67. She had been...
Sep 24, 1982 · LONDON -- Actress Sarah Churchill, the stunning, auburn-haired daughter of Sir Winston Churchill whose impulsive escapades in her younger days regularly made headlines, died today, a family...
Actress. The daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, she is best remembered for her role as Anne Asmond in the film Royal Wedding (1951), starring opposite Fred Astaire. Churchill also appeared in He Found a Star (1941), All Over The Town (1949), Fabian of the Yard (1954) and Serious Charge (1959), and had her own...
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