Rachel Roberts (20 September 1927 – 26 November 1980) was a Welsh actress noted for her fervour and passion. She is best remembered for her forthright screen performances as the older mistress of the central male character in two key films of the 1960s, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
(1960) and This Sporting Life
(1963). For both films, she won the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for This Sporting Life
. She was nominated for the 1974 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the plays, Chemin de Fer
and The Visit
, and won a Drama Desk Award in 1976 for Habeas Corpus
Roberts was married twice and had no children. She first married actor Alan Dobie in 1955. They divorced in 1960. The following year, Roberts married actor Rex Harrison in Genoa, Italy. The marriage was tumultuous; Roberts and Harrison both drank excessively and engaged in public fights. Harrison later left Roberts and they divorced in 1971.
Roberts was known in the entertainment industry as a legendary alcoholic, with a history of eccentric behaviour. She had a habit of imitating a Welsh Corgi when intoxicated and once, at a party thrown by Richard Harris, attacked actor Robert Mitchum on all fours, chewing his trousers and champing on his bare skin, while he patted her on the head, saying "there, there".
Her death was orignally thought to be a heart attack, but was later ruled to be a suicide.Rachel Roberts in Wikipedia