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Rex Harrison (1908)

Reginald Carey Harrison

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Sir Reginald Carey “Rex” Harrison (5 March 1908 – 2 June 1990) was an English actor of stage and screen. Harrison won an Academy Award and two Tony Awards.

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 personal life
Harrison was married six times. In 1942 he divorced his first wife, Colette Thomas, and married actress Lilli Palmer the next year; the two later appeared together in numerous plays and films, including The Fourposter.

In 1947, while married to Palmer, Harrison began an affair with actress Carole Landis. Landis committed suicide in 1948 after spending the night with Harrison. Harrison's involvement in the scandal surrounding Landis' death briefly damaged his career and his contract with Fox was ended by mutual consent.

Harrison and Lilli Palmer divorced in 1957. That same year, Harrison married actress Kay Kendall. Kendall died of leukemia in 1959. He was subsequently married to Welsh-born Rachel Roberts from 1962 to 1971 . Harrison then married Elizabeth Rees-Williams and, finally, Mercia Tinker, who would become his widow in 1990.

Chronology of Harrison's six marriages:

  • Colette Thomas, 1934–1942 ; one son, the actor/singer Noel Harrison
  • Lilli Palmer, 1943–1957 ; one son, the novelist/playwright Carey Harrison
  • Kay Kendall, 1957–1959
  • Rachel Roberts, 1962–1971
  • Elizabeth Harris, 1971–1975 ; three stepsons, Damian Harris, Jared Harris, and Jamie Harris
  • Mercia Tinker, 1978–1990

Grandchildren:

  • Granddaughters: Cathryn, Harriott, Chloe, Chiara, Rosie, Faith
  • Grandsons: Will, Simon, Sam

 death
Having retired from films in the late 1970s, Harrison continued to act on Broadway until the end of his life, despite suffering from glaucoma, painful teeth, and a failing memory. He was nominated for a 3rd Tony Award in 1984 for his performance as Capt. Shotover in the revivial of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House.He followed the show up with 2 successful pairing with Claudette Colbert, The Kingfisher in 1985 and Aren't We All? in 1986. In 1989 he appeared on Broadway in The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham, opposite Glynis Johns and Stewart Granger, when he fell ill. He died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Manhattan on 2 June 1990 at the age of 82.

Harrison's second autobiography, A Damned Serious Business: My Life in Comedy , was published posthumously in 1991.

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