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Adrienne Corri (1931 - 2016)

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Adrienne Corri (1931 - 2016)

Adrienne Corri, the British actress known best for her role in “A Clockwork Orange,” died March 13, 2016, according to The Times. She was 84.

Corri, known for her fiery red hair, had her most famous role as Mrs. Alexander, the victim of a home invasion and assault in “A Clockwork Orange” (1971). She was cast after previous actresses dropped out because of the physical demands of the role and director Stanley Kubrick’s meticulous filmmaking style.

“I liked working with Stanley; he’s a curious man,” she said in an interview about her experience working on the film, “One has to be very tough with Stanley. He appreciated it. I also used to get his name wrong— I called him Sidney. That used to drive him mad. It’s very good for directors — keeps them in their place.”

The famous scene, where a gang of teenagers assaults a married couple while singing “Singin’ in the Rain,” took days to film and caused outrage upon the movie's release.

“We choreographed it like a dance scene,” Corri recalled, “We really tried to leave it to the audience, and people think they saw a great deal more than they actually did. I thought it was very well done.”

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Corri was born Adrienne Riccoboni Nov. 13, 1931, in Scotland. She studied at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London and made her film debut in “The Romantic Age” in 1949. Although she was not a star, the feisty actress had a prolific body of work in film, television, and on the stage.

She worked with a number of great film directors, including Jean Renoir on “The River” (1951), David Lean on “Dr. Zhivago” (1965), and Otto Preminger on “Bunny Lake Is Missing” (1965). Other notable screen roles included a series of horror films: “Corridors of Blood” (1958), “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1960), “A Study in Terror” (1965), and “Vampire Circus” (1972).

On television, she appeared in the “Doctor Who” serial “The Leisure Hive” (1980), “Opportunity Murder” (1956), and “Lovejoy” (1992), among many others. Her lengthy stage credits included famous British playwright John Osborne’s notorious musical flop, “The World of Paul Slickey” (1959). When the crowd began booing the actors, she hurled verbal abuse right back at them before leaving the stage.

She was married to the actor Daniel Massey from 1961 to 1967.

Outside of her acting career, she was an enthusiastic art historian and wrote a book, “The Search for Gainsborough,” about her efforts to verify that a portrait was painted by the famed 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough.

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