16 thoughts on “WCW: Gemma Jones

  1. I love her in Sense and Sensibility. I think you get a great sense of Mrs Dashwood as a person, not just as a mother. There are subtle moments where you can tell that she was perhaps more like Marianne as a young girl, which I thought was an interesting choice.

  2. Had the privilege of seeing her as Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals. She was brilliant. Sheridan might have written the part for her.

  3. I’m a woman of a certain age and she will always be “The Duchess of Duke Street”, if I see her in anything else my mind always goes to the scene where she is walking down the stairs of her hotel, dressed up for her first date with the Prince of Wales/Edward the VII.
    Hope your friends are okay and get back home safely.

    1. Absolutely same, Sharon! As soon as I see an image that marvellously jaunty theme comes into my head! She was magnificent in that series and it was so good. My 16 year old self lapped it all up.

  4. First, hoping your friends’ home survives. I know other people who are packed and ready to run – too sad. Second, we recently (yeah, slackers) watched “Duchess of Duke Street” for the first time, and hubs said “Why do I know her?” and I said “She’s everyone’s mother in Jane Austen.” She’s so great in everything.

  5. First of all, hope you and your friends are ok and will remain ok. Same with dogs and cats. I, too, love her work. My favourites and go-to are The Duchess of Duke Street, Gentlemen Jack and Poirot and Wilde. And would love to see her as BOTH Mrs Bennett and Lady Catherine in P&P.
    Need anything for the friends?
    And please do Margaret Tysack. She’s my favourite Queen Anne and her teacher to Inspector Allyn is an all time favourite.

    1. I third the request for Margaret Tyzack! Cousin Bette, Forsyte Saga, The First Churchills, to name a couple.

  6. I love her too. A great great actress. Just saw her again last night in an episode of Unforgotten(Yes, she IS in everything). She played a senior w/ dementia perfectly.
    I wish your friends well. What a good friend you are to them. I’m from SF like one of you, (nnow in MA) but also lived in Butte Co. These fires the last few years are effecting so many of my friends. I mourn for CA.

  7. I really miss your snarky captions under the images. But succoring friends in distress come first. I hope the fire doesn’t get any closer.

  8. She was magnificent in Rocket Man – she just projected so much warmth and class and sensibility in a very small role.

    It occurs to me looking at the oeuvre listed above that she has been in 2 separate projects about Anne Lister!

  9. Gemma Jones is totally awesome. FrockFlicks-wise, I loved her in Sense and Sensibility and as Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter movies. But she will always hold a special place in my heart as Bridget Jones’s mom!

    Best of luck to you, your friends, and all of your pets.

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