Hermione Gingold

Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was an English actress known for her sharptongued, eccentric persona. She had a strikingly individual voice, drawling and deep, the latter a result of nodes on her vocal chords in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Gingold was born in Carlton Hill, Maida Vale, London, the elder daughter of a prosperous Viennaborn Jewish stockbroker James Gingold and his wife, Kate . Her paternal grandparents were the Ottomanborn British subject, Moritz Maurice Gingold, a London stockbroker, and his Austrianborn wife, Hermine, after whom Hermione was named. On her fathers side, she was descended from the celebrated Solomon Sulzer, a famous synagogue cantor and Jewish liturgical composer in Vienna. Her mother was from a welltodo Jewish family. James felt that religion was something children needed to decide on for themselves, and Hermione grew up with no particular religious beliefs.

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