Old Photograph Frieda Inescort Scotland

Old photograph of Frieda Inescort, who was born on 29 June 1901 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the daughter of Scots born journalist John Jock Wrightman and actress Elaine Inescourt, who was of German and Polish descent. They married in 1899 but parted ways when their daughter was still a young child. While she lived in England, Inescort wrote for a newspaper in London. After going to the United States, she not only acted but also worked as associate editor of The Exporter's Encyclopedia. Frieda Wrightman adopted her mother's surname as her professional name and moved to Hollywood, California, and made her film debut in The Dark Angel. Her other films include Mary of Scotland, The Letter, The Trial of Mary Dugan, You'll Never Get Rich and A Place in the Sun. On 2 August 1961, she and her husband since 1926, Ben Ray Redman, dined out. Redman had been despondent for some time. Returning home before her, he went upstairs to bed. He then called Frieda, informing her that he was depressed over the state of the world and had taken 12 sedative pills. By the time the paramedics arrived, he had died, a suicide at the age of 65. Inescort had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1930s. Her disease accelerated after her husband's death, and she was using a wheelchair by the mid 1960s. On 7 July 1964, her estranged mother, British actress Elaine Inescourt, died in Brighton, England, aged 87. Frieda worked as much as possible for the funding of multiple sclerosis research. She was often seen in the Hollywood area seated in her wheelchair, she collected donations outside supermarkets and in malls. She died at the Motion Picture Country Home at Woodland Hills, California, from the disease she had battled since 1932, aged 74.

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