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was a British actress, playwright, author and stage director. She started out on stage and her first breakthrough role was in the first production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
opposite Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave, CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist.She rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway, winning...
. For that role Vickery received the Clarence Derwent Award
The Clarence Derwent Awards are theatre awards given annually by the Actors' Equity Association on Broadway in the United States and by Equity, the performers union, in the West End in the United Kingdom....
for the best supporting performance and the London Critics Award for the most promising newcomer. Her television work started with Ken Loach
Kenneth "Ken" Loach is a Palme D'Or winning English film and television director.He is known for his naturalistic, social realist directing style and for his socialist beliefs, which are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as homelessness , labour rights and child abuse at the...
's controversial direction Up The Junction for the BBC. She went on to act in many of the more famous British plays and films of the 1960s. Among the stage plays she wrote for the BBC's 30 Minute Series were Keep on Running, Magnolia Summer and Kippers & Curtains. In 1969 she met Warren Oates
Warren Mercer Oates was an American actor best known for his performances in several films directed by Sam Peckinpah including The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia...
while filming Crooks and Coronets
Crooks and Coronets is a 1969 British crime comedy film and/or heist movie written and directed by Jim O'Connolly. It starred Telly Savalas, Edith Evans, Warren Oates, Cesar Romero and Harry H...
and they married. They were divorced in 1974. She was also a successful novelist and her published novels included Focussing, Lovers of Africa (Love & Hunger in the USA), The Testimony of Daniel Pagels and Delicate Matters. Vickery's 5th novel - Lost Heir - was scheduled to be published around the time of her death.