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Jane Carr (born Dorothy Henrietta Brunstrom, August 1 1909, at Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, died September 29 1957) was the stage name of an English stage and film actress[1] Rita Brunstrom.[2][3][4]


Carr was duated at Harrogate Ladies College. Her first husband was James Bickley, whom she married in September 1931 in London. She subsequently married John Donaldson-Hudson, the grandson of Charles Donaldson-Hudson, from Cheswardine Hall, Shropshire, England on the January 7 1943 at the Registry Office, Westminster.[4] John Donaldson-Hudson was one of the partners in John Logie Baird Ltd, and Jane Carr's face appeared as one of the first images to be shown as a BBC television image on November 15 1932, using apparatus designed by John Logie Baird,[4] as was that of Prince Monolulu.

Jane was divorced from John Donaldson-Hudson before September 1947.[4] Jane and John had a daughter, Charlotte Donaldson-Hudson, who relates the details of Noel Coward visiting her mother's flat in London at about the time of the Festival of Britain preparations in 1950. She said:-

"Noel Coward was a frequent visitor to our flat in South Audley Street, Mayfair, where my mother, a well known actress at the time, Jane Carr, had two Bluthner grand pianos in our drawing room. Noel wrote the song "Festival of Britain" there, and my mother, who at the time was a pianist and singer at Quaglino's and The Savoy, sang it regularly. It may have been frivolous, but was in my opinion immensely amusing, starting with a stanza I can't quite entirely remember. I only learnt it sitting on his knee 60 years ago!"

In September 1955 she married Henry J. Robert Stent, the managing director of Trust House hotels. Jane Carr died on the 29th September 1957 at Middlesex Hospital, London and is buried in an unmarked grave at Mendham, Suffolk.[4]


Carr had worked in theater since 1928,[1][5] and had appeared in a number of films through the 1930s, 1940's and 1950s. She appeared in one of the earliest of BBC television broadcasts on November 15 1932.[4]


Pre-World War II films

Wartime films

Post-war films



  1. 1.0 1.1 Halliwell's who's who in the movies (15, illustrated ed.). HarperCollins. 2003. p. 84. ISBN 0060534230. 
  2. "Names Used In Pictures Differ Greatly From Those With Which Stars Were First Christened". Evening Independent. August 24 1936.,3737267&dq=rita-brunstrom&hl=en. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. "Jand Carr at Complete Index to World Film". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Hendry, Michael. "Jane Carr bio". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. Hobson, Harold (1957). International theatre annual. 3. Grove Press. 

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