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Also Known As: Died: January 1, 1954
Born: April 15, 1888 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Main Street to Broadway (1953) as Mrs. Bessmer, fantasy seq
Paris Model (1953) as Nora Sullivan
A dress plays a key role in the lives of each of the women who wear it.
The San Francisco Story (1952) as Sadie
In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback.
Les Miserables (1952) as Madame Bonnet
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
Father Takes the Air (1951) as Minerva Bobbin
Havana Rose (1951) as Mrs. Fillmore
The Tall Target (1951) as Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln during a train ride.
Lullaby of Broadway (1951) as Mrs. Hubbell
A star's former servants try to keep her daughter from learning of her fate.
County Fair (1950) as Nora "Ma" Ryan
The Second Woman (1950) as Amelia Foster
In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly attracted to Jeff, who's being plagued by unexplainable accidents, major and minor. Bad luck, persecution...or paranoia? Warned that Jeff could be dangerous, Ellen fears that he's in danger, as the menacing atmosphere darkens.
Belle of Old Mexico (1950) as Nellie Chatfield
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) as Mrs. Manleigh
A small-town seductress notifies her three best friends that she has run off with one of their husbands.
The Judge Steps Out (1949) as Chita
A judge flees the pressures of professional and family life for a job as a short-order cook.
Portrait of Jennie (1949) as Mrs. Jekes, the landlady
An artist discovers his gift when he falls for a beautiful ghost.
On the Town (1949) as Mme. Dilyovska
Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City.
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) as Emma Shoemaker
An artist discovers a real-life version of the perfect woman he's been drawing for years.
My Dear Secretary (1948) as Mrs. Reeves
Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?
River Lady (1948) as Ma Dunnigan
In spring 18__, the loggers arrive at a mill town on the upper Mississippi drainage; the gambling riverboat is there to meet them, with river queen Sequin who loves logger Dan Corrigan. Sharp businessman Beauvais also wants Sequin, as well as all the sawmill business. To keep Dan near her, Sequin manipulates him into managing the local Morrison Mill; but then Morrison's daughter Stephanie sets her cap at Dan...
I Remember Mama (1948) as Florence Dana Moorhead
Norwegian immigrants face the trials of family life in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.
The Inside Story (1948) as Geraldine Atherton
A collection agent arrives in a small town with $1000 for a local farmer. Whilst waiting for the farmer to arrive the money is put in a safe at a hotel for safe keeping. However, it is removed by mistake and solves a number of financial problems before it is returned.
Winter Meeting (1948) as Mrs. Castle
A repressed poetess and an embittered war hero help each other cope with their problems.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948) as Mandy
The Brasher Doubloon (1947) as Elizabeth Murdock
Philip Marlowe (George Montgomery) gets involved when limp-wristed and snidley Leslie Murdock (Conrad Janis) steals a rare doubloon from his mother (Florence Bates) to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe's involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a husband-killing woman; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who thinks she has killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story "The High Window", and a son (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who blackmails his widowed mother. So, what's not to like.
Love and Learn (1947) as Mrs. Davis
An heiress surreptitiously helps two songwriters waiting for their big break.
The Man I Love (1947) as Mrs. Thorpe
A night-club singer gets involved with a mobster.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) as Mrs. Griswald
An accountant dreams of being a hero but finds it''s not so easy in real life.
Saratoga Trunk (1946) as Mrs. Coventry Bellop
A woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge.
The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) as Rose
An ambitious chambermaid hopes to seduce a rich husband.
Whistle Stop (1946) as Molly Veech
Claudia and David (1946) as Nancy Riddle
Follow-up to hit film Claudia (1943) finds title characters (Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young) dealing with the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood in their rural Connecticut town. Illness, accidents, and jealousy plague the young couple as they learn to weather life.
The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946) as Madame Lucia Cassel
Two producers and their girls look for a backer for their big show.
Cluny Brown (1946) as Dowager
A servant girl's passion for plumbing shocks London society.
San Antonio (1945) as Henrietta
A reformed rustler tracks down a band of cattle thieves and tries to reform a crooked dance-hall girl.
Out of This World (1945) as Harriet Pringle
After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to find backers to invest in Herbie and they sell 125 percent of him.
Tonight and Every Night (1945) as May "Tolly" Tolliver
An American girl falls for an RAF pilot while performing at a British music hall.
Kismet (1944) as Karsha
In the classic Arabian Nights tale, the king of the beggars enters high society to help his daughter marry a handsome prince.
Tahiti Nights (1944) as Queen Liliha
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) as Mme. Chavez
A meek novelist investigates the mysterious death of a notorious scoundrel.
Belle of the Yukon (1944) as Viola
Saloon entertainers get mixed up with a bank robbery.
Since You Went Away (1944) as Hungry woman
A mother and wife struggle to cope while her husband is off serving in World War II.
Mr. Lucky (1943) as Mrs. Van Every
A gambling-ship owner is out to fleece a beautiful society woman, but falls in love.
Mister Big (1943) as Mrs. Mary Davis
At the Davis School of the Theatre, ran by Jeremy Taswell (Samuel S. Hinds), where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley (Robert Paige) and Alice Taswell (Elyse Knox) are in love. The students, including Donald (Donald O'Connor), Patricia (Gloria Jean) and Peggy (Peggy Ryan), secretly want to become singers. Patricia's aunt, Mrs. Davis (Florence Bates), owns the school and disapproves. Donald has written a musical comedy for the year's class play, which the students want to do, but Mrs. Davis has selected and insists they do Sophocles' "Antigone". Taswell agrees to let the kids do Donald's show. Donald manages to keep Mrs. Davis away on the day of the show, and when Broadway producers in attendance rave about Donald's play, she becomes a backer.
Slightly Dangerous (1943) as Mrs. Roanoke-Brooke
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
Heaven Can Wait (1943) as Edna Craig
An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.
They Got Me Covered (1943) as Gypsy woman
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
His Butler's Sister (1943) as Lady Sloughberry
We Were Dancing (1942) as Mrs. Vanderlip
A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo.
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1942) as Mrs. Saunders
Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) as Mrs. Baldwin
An advertising executive and his temperamental wife sail to Hawaii in search of business.
The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942) as Emily
A family in the South Seas goes to any lengths to escape work.
The Moon and Sixpence (1942) as Tiare Johnson
Loosely inspired by the life of Gauguin, a man abandons his middle-classed life to start painting.
Kathleen (1942) as Woman at Schoner's shop
A neglected daughter tries to find the right wife for her widowed father.
Love Crazy (1941) as Mrs. Cooper
A businessman concocts a series of harebrained schemes to keep his wife from divorcing him.
The Son of Monte Cristo (1941) as Mathilde
A freedom fighter leads a double life in his battle against a ruthless dictator.
Hudson's Bay (1941) as Duchess
Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.
The Chocolate Soldier (1941) as Madame Helene [Pugsy]
A jealous husband tests his opera-singer wife's fidelity by pretending to be another man.
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) as Customer
A department store owner goes undercover as an employee to thwart union activists.
Strange Alibi (1941) as Katie
An undercover cop finds himself on the wrong side of the law when the mob discovers his true identity.
Road Show (1941) as Mrs. Newton
A playboy on the run hooks up with a sideshow''''s beautiful owner.
Calling All Husbands (1940) as Emmie Trippe
A henpecked husband confronts the man his wife thinks she should have married.
Rebecca (1940) as Mrs. [Edythe] Van Hopper
A young bride is terrorized by the memories of her husband's glamorous first wife.
Kitty Foyle (1940) as Customer
A girl from the wrong side of the tracks endures scandal and heartbreak when she falls for a high-society boy.
The Man in Blue (1937) as Housekeeper

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