Madeleine Carroll blue plaque in West Bromwich

Madeleine Carroll
Actress and Humanitarian

Received her secondary education here between September 1915 and July 1923

International star of over forty British and American films including the celebrated 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic 'The 39 Steps'

Awarded the French Legion of Honour and the American Medal of Freedom for her humanitarian and wartime work in Europe while serving in the American Red Cross between 1939 and 1945

Edith Madeleine Carroll (26 February 1906 – 2 October 1987) was an English actress, popular both in Britain and America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a then staggering $250,000 in 1938.Immortalized as the first of director Alfred Hitchcock's icy blonde heroines in The 39 Steps, she is also remembered for abandoning her acting career after the death of her sister Marguerite in the London Blitz to devote herself to helping wounded servicemen and children displaced and maimed by the war.

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