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Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddely played the part of Mrs. Naugatuck, the Findlay's elderly British maid in Seasons 3-5 of "Maude".
Personal Information
Born: (1906-01-11)January 11, 1906
Birthplace: Broseley, Shropshire, England, UK
Died: August 19, 1986(1986-08-19) (aged 79)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Actress, comedian, singer, TV personality
Spouse(s): David Pax Tennant
(1928-37; divorced, 2 children)
J. H. Willis
(m.1940–1946; divorced)
Character/Series involvement
Series: Maude (TV series) (as cast regular)
Episodes appeared in: 45 in Seasons 3-5
Character played: Mrs. Nell Naugatuck
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Hermione Baddeley (13 November 1906 – 19 August 1986) was an Anglo-American actress. She played the part of Mrs. Nell Naugatuck in Maude, a role in which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series.

Life and career[]

Hermione was born in Broseley, Shropshire, England, as Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley, to W.H. Clinton-Baddeley; Mother: Louise Bourdin. Baddeley was a descendant of British American Revolutionary War General Sir Henry Clinton. Her elder sister, Angela Baddeley, was also an actress. Her half-brother, William Baddeley, was a Church of England priest who became Rural Dean of Westminster.[1] She was an actress known for Mary Poppins (1964), The Secret of NIMH (1982) and A Christmas Carol (1951).

Baddeley was best known to American audiences as the housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the CBS sitcom Maude. She had been married to the Hon. David Pax Tennant, a descendant of William the Conqueror, from 1928 to 1937 and to Major J.H. Willis from 1940 to 1946.

Personal life[]

In 1928 Baddeley married English aristocrat and socialite David Tennant (third son of Edward Tennant, 1st Baron Glenconner). She arrived an hour late for the wedding, having misremembered the time booked for the ceremony.

They rented Teffont Evias Manor, which became known for their boisterous parties (including mixed naked bathing in the goldfish pond).[2] She had a daughter, Pauline Laetitia Tennant (born February 6, 1927 – died December 6, 2008); the couple divorced in 1937.[3]

In 1940 Baddeley married J. H. "Dozey" Willis. They divorced in 1946. She had a relatively brief relationship with actor Laurence Harvey, a man 22 years her junior. Although Harvey proposed marriage to her, Baddeley thought the age difference was too great.[4]

Baddeley was known for her devotion to animals. She dedicated her autobiography, The Unsinkable Hermione Baddeley, to her pet dog. She continued to work in film and television until shortly before the end of her life.


Herimone died on August 19, 1986 in Los Angeles following a series of strokes on 19 August 1986, aged 79, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.


  1. James Fergusson, "Obituary: The Very Rev William Baddeley", The Independent, 11 June 1998.
  2. Bates, Lesley. Three-year story of village where 'much has happened'. Salisbury Journal. 4 March 2004. page 31.
  3. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008,Goldman, Lawrence (2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0199-67154-0.
  4. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,Hunter, Tab (2006). Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Algonquin Books. ISBN 978-1-56512-548-3.

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