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Brenda Forbes

Brenda Forbes
Dorothy Brenda Taylor

(1909-01-14)January 14, 1909
DiedSeptember 11, 1996(1996-09-11) (aged 87)
Years active1931–1995
Spouse(s)Merrill Shepard (1947–86; his death)

Brenda Forbes (14 January 1909 – 11 September 1996) was a British-born American actress of stage and screen.

Personal life

Born as Dorothy Brenda Taylor in Wandsworth, London, the daughter of Ernest John and Ethel Louise Taylor. Her mother was actress Mary Forbes, and her elder brother was actor Ralph Forbes (né Ralph Taylor Forbes), she made her first film appearance in 1935 and her last in 1995. She appeared on Broadway between 1931 and 1985, mostly in revivals of classics.[1]


Forbes created the role of the outspoken maid, Wilson, in the original production of The Barretts of Wimpole Street opposite Katharine Cornell. She played the role in various revivals as well. She co-starred as Lady Vale in the 1967 musical Darling of the Day in which she and Peter Woodthorpe introduced the song Panache and played opposite George Rose in the 1986 all star cast revival of Aren't We All?[1]

On screen she appeared in several films over a 50-year period including The Imperfect Lady (1935) and Mrs. Miniver (1942). Her last role, a small one, was in The Jerky Boys: The Movie.


She was married to Merrill Shepard from 1947 until his death in 1986; they had no children.


She died from cancer in 1996, aged 87, in New York City.


Year Title Role Notes
1935 The Perfect Gentleman Penelope - the Maid
1940 Vigil in the Night Nora Dunn
1941 Miss Polly Patsy
1942 This Above All Mae - Singer Uncredited
1942 Mrs. Miniver Gladys (Housemaid)
1944 The White Cliffs of Dover Gwennie
1995 The Jerky Boys: The Movie Rich Woman with Necklace at Tut's (final film role)


  1. ^ a b IBDb profile,; accessed 18 November 2015.

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