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Oct 03 2019
Bon Voyage, Baroness: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Actress Anna Quayle Dies @ 86 Comments (0)

Chitty-chitty-bang-bang-anna-quayle-zWith the late Gert Fröbe in Chitty (Images via UA)

Anna Quayle, the British actress best known in the U.S. for her portrayal of Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), died in August at 86 after battling Lewy body dementia since 2012, the Mirror reports.

Born in Birmingham on October 6, 1932, Tumblr_op1grtfdSe1rwnbtco4_500.pngshe was the daughter of actor Douglas Quayle, and began her career as a toddler.

She won a Tony for her supporting work in Stop the World — I Want to Get Off (1962), in which she starred with Anthony Newley, and also appeared in the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Casino Royale (1967) ahead of her iconic turn as the Baroness.

On TV in the UK, she made an impact as a What's My Line? (1973) panelist and on 85 episodes of Grange Hill (1990-1994), playing no-nonsense teacher Mrs. Monroe.

Quayle's death, on August 16 of this year, went unreported until now.