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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 08:04 GMT 09:04 UK
Bid to honour film star war nurse
Madeleine Carroll
Madeleine Carroll worked as a Red Cross nurse
An MP wants national recognition for a film star who gave up her career to become a nurse during World War II.

Madeleine Carroll, from West Bromwich, made 43 films and starred opposite leads such as Gary Cooper.

She was given the Legion d'Honneur for bravery in France and the US also awarded her a medal for her work.

Labour MP for West Bromwich, Adrian Bailey, made his plea in Parliament ahead of weekend events to honour those who contributed to the Allied victory.

The film star featured in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps, which premiered at the Tower cinema in her home town, not far from Herbert Street where she was born in 1906.

She halted her acting career after the death of her sister in a London bombing raid and worked in French and Italian field hospitals during the war as a Red Cross nurse.

She lived in Paris during her retirement and died in 1987.

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