Lady Bellamy's Real Life Death


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Gavin Murphy

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Forgive me if this is posted elsewhere.

I read in the London Daily Telegraph obits last week of the death of Rachel Gurney, who played Lady Bellamy in the popular Upstairs, Downstairs British television drama. Lady Bellamy "lost" her life on the Titanic.

After the success of the first two series of the show, Gurney decided to move onto other challenges. So the writers' conveniently saw her off on the maiden voyage of the T.

Gurney was 81.

I'm not a big fan of the TV or cinema, but I must say this was a cracking show.

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Jason D. Tiller

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Hi Gavin,

I read about this yesterday in Time magazine. I watched several episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs, but I have never seen the episode where Lady Bellamy loses her life on the Titanic. I agree it was a good show.

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Jason
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Mike Shetina

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I contribute reegularly to the IMDB, or the Internet Movie DataBase. I would like the particulars on her death. Actually she would have been 74.
Thanks in advance,
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Kris Muhvic

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Hello-

I too recently found out about Ms. Gurney's death, and having not seen an episode of U/D for a while, I was surprised by how much I indeed rememered. Got hooked. And what I first recalled upon this news was a line in a post-WWI part, I believe, when Lord Bellamy was commiserating with his son about Lady Marjorie, saying something about "...that was your Mother's world."

Now, I do not know anything about her career outside of that character, but to me she captured it beautifully.

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A lot of energy went from that programme after Season Two. Lady Marjorie, Roberts, Thomas and Sarah, Pierce, Elizabeth, Lawrence. The Second Season is my favourite.

Lady M.'s death was confirmed in Season Three Episode Two. Really heart-felt stuff, I tell you...
 

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Jonathan, in Season Five, "The Farewell Season", there is also a reference to Lady Marjorie's death on the episode "All the King's Men" (the one where James & Rose receive word that their monies were lost in the stock market crash, and where James commits suicide): in that episode, James has returned from a trip to New York.

He mentions that while he was on the crossings, he recounted being in the area of the Titanic. His words were to the effect of "...looking at the water, and knowing that she's down there". That was my first time hearing about Lady Marjorie dying on the Titanic, as my family first watched Season Four, the World War I episodes.
 
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