Edna Best

Edna Best


Edna Best
Film: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born March 3, 1900 in Hove, United Kingdom
Died Sept. 18, 1974 in Geneva, Switzerland

British actress Edna Best was known to American movie audiences through her many screen and stage appearances as well as through her marriage to actor Herbert Marshall.

Best came to America first in the stage version of Michael Arlen’s "These Charming People." Her next appearance was in "The High Road," costarring with Marshall. They were married in 1929, during the play's run in New York. Best divorced Marshall in 1940 and married Hollywood agent Nat Wolff five minutes later.

Best made headlines when, just as she was about to start work with John Gilbert on a movie in Hollywood, she suddenly got homesick for her husband, playing in New York, walked out and took the first train east.

Best was born in Hove, England, and educated at Brighton. In 1919, she made her first appearance on the stage in a revival of "Charley’s Aunt." For a time she played in musical comedies. Her first real London stage hit was in 1925 in the title role of "The Constant Nymph."

In New York, after "These Charming People" and "The High Road," she played "Melo" and "There’s Always Juliet."

Her movies included "South Riding," "Swiss Family Robinson," "The Key," "Michael and Mary," "Loose Ends," "The Faithful Heart," "Sleeping Partners," "Escape" and others.

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