Ivy Close

1890 - 1968

The actress Ivy Close was famous as an actress in the first place but as Miss Britain. When the Daily Mirror launched the competition for "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" in 1908, her father sent in photos of Ivy Close. She was chosen and won the first price. After that she appeared on some British stages before she was spotted for the film in 1912 where she became one of the first British movie stars.

She made her film debut in 1912 with "Dream Paintings", after that followed several movies like "Ghosts" (12), "The Lure of London" (14), "The Girl from the Sky" (14), "The Ware Case" (17), "The Adventures of Dick Dolan" (17), "Nelson" (18) and "The Flag Lieutenant" (19).

In the 20's came her last cinematical works into being, among them "The Worldlings" (20), "La roue" (23) and the German productions "Der fidele Bauer" (27) and "Die Hölle der Jungfrauen" (28).

Ivy Close got married with the photographer Elwin Neame (he died in a motorcycle accident in 1923), who took pictures of her after winning the beauty contest in 1908. With this marriage they founded a film dynasty which comprise four generations in the meantime. Her son Derek Neame was a scriptwriter, her son Ronald Neame became a celebrated cinematographer and director. Her grandson Christopher Neame and her great-grandson Gareth Neame became both producers.

Ivy Close was married with the stuntman and make-up artist Curly Batson in second marriage.

Other movies with Ivy Close:
The Lady of Shallot (12) Mifanwy: A Tragedy (13) The Haunting of Silas P. Gould (15) Darkest London: or, The Dancer's Romance (15) Rival Artists (16) The House Opposite (17) A Peep Behind the Scenes (18) Missing the Tide (18) Adam Bede (18) The Irresistible Flapper (19) Her Cross (19) Darby and Joan (19) Was She Justified? (22) Espiation (22)