Moyna Macgill (1895 - 1975)

Moyna Macgill
1895 - 1975
updated September 06, 2020
Moyna Macgill, mother to 4 children, was born on December 10, 1895 in Belfast, UK United Kingdom. She married Edgar Isaac Lansbury in 1924 and Edgar died on May 28, 1935. They gave birth to Angela Lansbury, Bruce Lansbury, and Edgar George McIldowie Lansbury. She also married Reginald Denham in 1919 and they later divorced in 1924. They gave birth to Isolde Denham. Moyna died on November 25, 1975 at Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, California at 79 years old.

Moyna Macgill
Irish actress
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DescriptionMoyna Macgill was an Irish actress from Belfast and the mother of actress Angela Lansbury and producers Edgar and Bruce Lansbury. In 2020, she was listed at number 35 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. Wikipedia
Born: December 10, 1895, Belfast, United Kingdom
Died: November 25, 1975, Los Angeles, CA
Grandchildren: Deidre Angela Shaw, Tamara Ustinov, Anthony Pullen Shaw, David Lansbury, Felicia Lansbury, James Lansbury
Spouse: Edgar Lansbury (m. 1924–1935), Reginald Denham (m. 1919–1924)
Children: Bruce Lansbury, Isolde Denham, Angela Lansbury, Edgar Lansbury
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Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Moyna Macgill was born on in Belfast, Belfast County, UK United Kingdom
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Moyna Macgill died on at Los Angeles, CA, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Moyna Macgill was born on in Belfast, Belfast County, UK United Kingdom
Moyna Macgill died on at Los Angeles, CA, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Moyna MacGill
Born December 10, 1895 in Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland], UK
Died November 25, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer)
Birth Name Charlotte Lilian McIldowie
Moyna MacGill was born on December 10, 1895 in Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland], UK as Charlotte Lilian McIldowie. She was an actress, known for The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Miriam Rozella (1924).
She was married to Edgar Isaac Lansbury and Reginald Denham.
She died on November 25, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spouse (2)
Edgar Isaac Lansbury (11 September 1924 - 28 May 1935) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Reginald Denham (1919 - 1924) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
MacGill had two sons, Edgar Lansbury and Bruce Lansbury, and two daughters, actress Angela Lansbury (with whom she appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)) and Isolde Denham (who died from motor neurone disease in Brighton, England) in 1987, who was married firstly (from 1945-1950) to actor Peter Ustinov, with whom she had one daughter, actress Tamara Ustinov and secondly to Derek Dempster (1950-1967). Her other sons-in-law were Malcolm Rennie and Peter Ustinov. Her grandchildren include Anthony Pullen Shaw and David Lansbury.
Belfast-born Irish-British character actress, on stage from 1918. Prompted by Gerald du Maurier to change her surname from McIldowie to MacGill for her appearance onstage in "Dear Brutus".
She was critically acclaimed as Desdemona, opposite Basil Rathbone, in a London production of "Othello".
In small film and television roles in England and the United States from 1920 onward.
Directed by son-in-law Peter Ustinov in Private Angelo (1949).
Became United States citizen in 1951.

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The Boy Friend [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1954
Lady Brockhurst.

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Moyna Macgill & Edgar Isaac Lansbury

1924 - May 28, 1935
Cause of Separation: Death

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Apr 3, 1887 - May 28, 1935

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Jan 12, 1930 - Feb 13, 2017
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Moyna Macgill & Reginald Denham

1919 - 1924
Cause of Separation: Divorce
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Jan 10, 1894 - February 1983

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Oct 30, 1927 - 1987

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Actress. She was London Theatre performer when she made her film debut in "Garryowen" (1920). Relocating to America, she appeared films to include "Miriam Rozella" (1924), ""The Changing World" (1943), "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry" (1945), "The Clock" (1945), "Black Beauty" (1946), "Kind Lady" (1951), "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964 and "My Fair Lady" (1964). For television, her credits included "Twilight Zone", "Dr. Kildare", "Mr. Ed" and "My Favorite Martian". She was also the mother of actress Angela Lansbury and producers Bruce and Edgar Lansbury.
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Moyna MacGill
BIRTH 10 Dec 1895
Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
DEATH 25 Nov 1975 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
BURIAL Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Scattered in the English Channel.
MEMORIAL ID 6679811 · View Source

Actress. She was London Theatre performer when she made her film debut in "Garryowen" (1920). Relocating to America, she appeared films to include "Miriam Rozella" (1924), ""The Changing World" (1943), "The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry" (1945), "The Clock" (1945), "Black Beauty" (1946), "Kind Lady" (1951), "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964 and "My Fair Lady" (1964). For television, her credits included "Twilight Zone", "Dr. Kildare", "Mr. Ed" and "My Favorite Martian". She was also the mother of actress Angela Lansbury and producers Bruce and Edgar Lansbury.

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In 1895, in the year that Moyna Macgill was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1939, she was 44 years old when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1941, at the age of 46 years old, Moyna was alive when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1953, she was 58 years old when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1975, in the year of Moyna Macgill's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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