Sunday, November 21, 2004
Tony Benn and Margaret Rutherford
posted by Jonathan Calder |
As it happens, among Benn's innumerable cousins was Margaret Rutherford, who came to acting late, then achieved immortality as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, thereafter becoming a national institution (latterly as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple) in her own right. Benn writes warmly about her kindness to him as a child.
He also reveals that Margaret's father, William Rutherford Benn, murdered his father (Benn's great-grandfather) by banging him repeatedly on the head with a chamber-pot.
Paul Johnson Daily Telegraph 4 October 2004