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Born Free (1966)

Virginia McKenna as "Joy Adamson"

At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson (Bill Travers) and his wife, Joy (Virginia McKenna), care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple. When Elsa is blamed for causing an elephant stampede in the nearby village, head warden John Kendall (Geoffrey Keen) demands the young lion either be trained to survive in the wilds of the Serengeti or be sent to a zoo.

Golden Globe (1966) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Carve Her Name With Pride (1958)

Virginia McKenna as "Violette Szabo"

London shopgirl Violette Szabo (Virginia McKenna) spies for the French underground and is captured by the Nazis and executed.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958) Nominated British Actress

A Town Like Alice (1956)

Virginia McKenna as "Jean Paget"

This drama, based on the book by Nevil Shute, focuses on Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), a British office worker captured by the Japanese in Malaysia during World War II. Kept with other women prisoners, Jean eventually meets Australian soldier Joe Harman (Peter Finch), who secretly aids the weary group by stealing food. When Joe's actions are discovered, he is punished, and Jean assumes him to be dead. However, years later, she finds out he may still be alive, and sets out in search of him.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956) Won British Actress

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