Oscar Actors: Ashcroft, Peggy

Born December 22, 1907 in Croydon, England; died in 1991.

Ashcroft made her London stage debut in 1927, and her New York stage debut in 1937. A distinguished Shakespearean interpreter, she appeared in occasional films. She was created Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1956.

At the age of 77, she won an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her performance in David Lean's historical epic, “A Passage to India” (1984)

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In 1984, Peggy Ashcroft won the Supporting Actress Oscar in a race that included Glenn Close in “The Natural,” Lindsay Crouse in “Places in the Heart,” Christine Lahti in “Swing Shift,” and Geraldine Page in “The Pope of Greenwich Village.”