Penelope Ann Rachel, Lady Reed
(4 August 1914 – 22 January 1982), known as Penelope Dudley-Ward
, was an English actress.
Born Penelope Anne Rachel Dudley Ward in London
, she was the elder daughter of The Right Honourable
William Dudley Ward and the leading socialite Freda Dudley Ward
, most well-known for being the long-time mistress of the Prince of Wales
, the future King Edward VIII
. She was a leading lady in several British films during the 1930s and 1940s. She announced her retirement from the screen following her second marriage.
She was twice married. Her first marriage, to Anthony Pelissier
, lasted from 29 December 1939, until their divorce in 1944. Their daughter, Tracy Reed
was born 21 September 1942. Dudley-Ward married Sir Carol Reed
on 24 January 1948. They had one son, Max Reed, born 14 September 1948. Dudley-Ward and Reed remained married until Reed's death in 1976.
She died from a brain tumor
in January 1982 at the age of 67.