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Also Known As: Jessie Royce Medbury Died: February 2, 1972
Born: November 25, 1904 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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Mature character actress who specialized in portraying aristocrats and wealthy society matrons. Although Landis appeared in over 45 plays on the Broadway and London stage and made her film debut in 1930, it was not until the 1950s that she gave her most notable film performances. She was twice cast as the mother of Grace Kelly--in Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" (1955), as the caustic mother who stubs out her cigarette in a soft-boiled egg, and again in "The Swan" (1956). Landis also played Cary Grant's sophisticated mother in "North By Northwest" (1959), although she was ten months younger than him.

Mature character actress who specialized in portraying aristocrats and wealthy society matrons. Although Landis appeared in over 45 plays on the Broadway and London stage and made her film debut in 1930, it was not until the 1950s that she gave her most notable film performances. She was twice cast as the mother of Grace Kelly--in Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" (1955), as the caustic mother who stubs out her cigarette in a soft-boiled egg, and again in "The Swan" (1956). Landis also played Cary Grant's sophisticated mother in "North By Northwest" (1959), although she was ten months younger than him.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971) Grandmother
2.
 Airport (1970) Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
3.
 Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Aunt Albertina
4.
 Critic's Choice (1963) Charlotte Orr
5.
 Boys' Night Out (1962) Ethel Williams
6.
 Bon Voyage! (1962) La Countessa
7.
 Goodbye Again (1961) Mrs. Van der Besh
8.
 A Private's Affair (1959) Elizabeth Chapman
9.
 North by Northwest (1959) Clara Thornhill
10.
 I Married a Woman (1958) Mrs. Blake
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1926:
Broadway debut in "The Honor of the Family"
1930:
Acted in first feature, "Derelict"
:
First TV appearance on "The Chevrolet Tele-Theater" (1948-50)
1970:
Last film, "Airport"
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Education

Chicago Conservatory: -

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husband:
J F R Seitz. Military officer. Second husband; Major General; survived Landis.

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