B1518. HERMIONE GINGOLD. Sirens Should be Seen and Not Heard [Autobiography]. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1963. 176pp. DJ. Herminone Gingold was the last of the British eccentrics. Her vigorous acting career spanned 78-years. At the age of 81 she was the toast of Broadway and enjoying her last great love affair with a man 53 years her junior.
"Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was an English actress known for her sharp-tongued, eccentric persona, an image enhanced by her sharp nose and chin, as well as her deepening voice, a result of vocal nodes which her mother reportedly encouraged her not to remove. She starred on stage, on radio, in films, on television and in recordings.
Gingold first appeared on stage in 1908 in PINKIE AND THE FAIRIES by W. Graham Robertson with Ellen Terry, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Frederick Volpe, Marie Lohr and Viola Tree. She performed in Shakespearean dramas such as THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Old Vic, 1914) and TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, and in 1911 worked with Charles Hawtrey as an understudy in WHERE THE RAINBOW ENDS in which a young Noël Coward appeared.”
- H. P. Casavant