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Pauline Collins
PAULINE COLLINS is best-known in the USA for her role as the feisty Sarah in the TV series Upstairs Downstairs. Raised near Liverpool, Collins was a teacher until 1962, when she began to act part-time. She made her West End debut in Passion Flower Hotel in 1965, and spent the next few years building her reputation as a stage actress in many London (and touring) productions. Collins and her husband John Alderton were featured on such British series as Thomas and Sarah (an Upstairs Downstairs spin-off), Forever Green, No--Honestly and Wodehouse Playhouse. Collins was seen in Country Matters (shown on PBS in 1979) and The Black Tower (shown on PBS in 1988). The second blossoming of Collins' career came in 1988 with a starring role in Shirley Valentine, a one-woman show about a discontented, middle-aged housewife. Winning a Laurence Olivier Award, Collins brought the show to Broadway, where she won several more awards (including a Tony) in 1989. She reprised the role later that same year in the feature version of Shirley Valentine, which had been expanded from its monologue format. She followed with a co-starring role opposite Patrick Swayze in Roland Jaffe's City of Joy (1992) as the operator of a dispensary in Calcutta, India. Collins ventured to Germany to film My Mother's Courage (1995, released in the USA in 1997), a concentration camp drama in which she protrayed writer George Tabori's mother. More recently, she was one of the European women detained in a prison camp in Malaysia in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road (1997).

Bio as of January, 2009.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Performance - April, 1989 - Watch now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)