‘Shakespeare Wallah’ Actress Laura Liddell Dead at Age 83
LONDON (AP) _ Laura Liddell, whose adventures with her acting family inspired the film ″Shakespeare Wallah,″ died Feb. 5. She was 83, said a spokeswoman for the agent of her daughter, actress Felicity Kendal.
Cause of death was not announced, though the spokeswoman said Tuesday that Ms. Liddell had a history of heart problems.
Along with her husband, Geoffrey Kendal, Ms. Liddell toured Britain acting in a wide repertory of plays, but it was in India beginning in the 1940′s that the family achieved renown bringing Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw among other greats to the British colony.
The Kendals’ itinerant life prompted the acclaimed 1965 film ″Shakespeare Wallah.″ The movie was the first major collaboration between director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, who went on to make such films as ″A Room With a View″ and ″Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.″
Geoffrey Kendal wrote about the family’s thespian journeys in his 1986 autobiography, ″The Shakespeare Wallah.″
Laura Liddell was born in Barrow-in-Furness in northwest England, the daughter of an engineer, and began acting with regional acting companies.
While acting with the Edward Dunstan troupe she met her husband Geoffrey Bragg, who changed his name to Kendal after the nearby English town.
They had two daughters: Jennifer, who died in 1984, and Felicity, best known to American audiences from the English TV situation comedy, ″The Good Life.″
She is survived by her husband and Felicity Kendal.
The spokeswoman said Ms. Liddell had been cremated and her ashes flown to India.