Heather Angel was a delicate, ethereal actress whose dramatic talents generally were wasted in a series of long-forgotten films of the 1930s and '40s.
In 1926 she was doing bit Shakespearean roles with the Old Vic. She starred in several British films in the early 1930s, among them "The City of Song" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and came to the attention of the old Fox Studios in Hollywood.
Her performances in "Berkeley Square," "The Informer" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" were critically praised as was her portrayal of the suicidal mother in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat." She was also given a test for the role of Melanie in "Gone With the Wind" but lost the part to Olivia de Havilland.
By the end of the 1930s she had been relegated to B pictures, including the "Bulldog Drummond" series with Ray Milland.
She came out of retirement in the 1960s and made several appearances on television's "Peyton Place," "Mr. Novak" and "Family Affair" series.
She also played Harry S. Truman's mother-in-law in the miniseries "Backstairs at the White House."