Birth Name: Prunella Scales
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB
Born Prunella Illingworth, she adopted her mother's maiden name as her stage name. Trained at the Bristol Old Vic School, she first appeared on stage in 1951 as the cook in "Traveller Without Luggage" at the Theatre Royale in Bristol and made her London debut in "The Impresario from Smyrna" in 1954. The following year, she made her Broadway debut playing Ermengarde, the niece of Horace Vandergelder, in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker". She often appeared in plays by Shakespeare in the 50s, including playing Nerissa in "The Merchant of Venice" and Jacquenetta in "Love's Labour's Lost". In 1971, she toured the USA in "Trelawny of the Wells" and, overall, nary a year has gone by without Scale...