Person - Madi Hedd

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MADRIGAL HEAD

A blond soprano usually known by her stage name Madi Hedd, Madrigal Head in 1945 had the female lead in Sons of the Morning set in a Cretan farmhouse when the island is under threat of German invasion in 1941. She played a local girl who falls in love with a character played by Bruce Beeby. In a season of Moliere she was a young lover in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and her singing accompanied A Physician in Spite of Himself in which Beeby was again cast. The pair later married.

Madi Hedd also sang on radio and with the Tivoli in Melbourne and in revue in Brisbane. Her portrait by Lincoln B Hamilton was a finalist in the 1944 Archibald Prize and she was included in Sydney photographer John Lee’s exhibition of beautiful Australian women at Australia House in London in 1947.

Madi and Bruce Beeby performed together at the Independent Theatre in Mourning Becomes Electra, The Marquise and Present Laughter (in which Madi played the seductive siren). They toured Australia in stage productions, Bruce's mother accompanying them to help look after their daughter Ingrid, born in 1949. By 1950 Madi was acting in Grace Gibson radio drama in Sydney.

The Beebys went to England in the 1950s. By 1959 Madi was winning plaudits as a TV actress and in 1963 she was a regular in the British TV series Emergency-Ward 10.

The Beebys divorced in 1987.

See also Bruce Beeby.



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