Joyce Grenfell


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Joyce Irene Grenfell (née Phipps; 10 February 1910 – 30 November 1979) was an English actress, comedienne, monologist and singer-songwriter.

Born in London, Joyce was the daughter of architect Paul Phipps (1880–1953), the grandson of Charles Paul Phipps and a second cousin of Ruth Draper, and an eccentric American mother, Nora Langhorne (1889–1955), the daughter of Chiswell Langhorne, ... more »

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  • ''George—don't do that.''
    Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), British actress, writer. Catch phrase (various sketches), GeorgeDon't Do That (1977).
  • ''Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos.''
    Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), British actor, writer. "English Lit." Stately as a Galleon (1978).
  • They look quite promising in the shop; and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one f...
    Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), British actor, writer. "Stately as a Galleon," English Lit (1978). Referring to clothes.
  • ''Stately as a galleon, I sail across the floor,
    Doing the military two-step, as in the days of yore.''
    Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), British actress, writer. Stately as a Galleon (song), Stately as a Galleon (1977).
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