Joyce Grenfell

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Joyce Irene Grenfell (née Phipps; 10 February 191030 November 1979) was an English film and television actress and comedienne.


  • Stately as a galleon, I sail across the floor,
    Doing the military two-step, as in the days of yore.
  • They look quite promising in the shop, and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels sorry for them.
    • Stately as a Galleon (1978), "English Lit." (of new clothes)
  • Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as chaos.
    • Stately as a Galleon (1978), "English Lit."
  • George - don't do that.
    • Catch phrase, used as the title of her book George - Don't Do That (1977)


  • Joyce was a wonderful woman, but she wasn't Prime Minister, was she?
    • American journalist, seeing the long queue for her memorial service. [1]

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