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|Also Known As:||Died:||April 10, 1975|
|Born:||February 24, 1890||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Acton, Indiana, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Began acting career with a stock company in Chautauqua; first role was reportedly Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew"; billed as Mary Tomlinson
Moved to NYC to try to land parts on Broadway
Began appearing in vaudeville; adopted stage name of Marjorie Main
Acted in the Broadway production of "Dead End"
Appeared in "The Women"
Brought to Hollywood to recreate stage role in film version of "Dead End"; played mother to Humphrey Bogart
Cast as Barbara Stanwyck's mother in "Stella Dallas"
Offered fine comic turn as the landlady in "Test Pilot"
Recreated stage role of the proprietess of a ranch in film adaptation of "The Women"
Played a lady blacksmith opposite Wallace Beery in "Wyoming"
Signed to exclusive, long-term contract by MGM (October)
Starred with Frank Morgan in "The Wild Man of Borneo"
Reteamed with Beery for "Barnacle Bill"
Portrayed a minister's wife in "Honky Tonk"
On loanout to Fox, cast as a nouveau riche society doyenne in "Heaven Can Wait", directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Had featured role as the cook in "Meet Me in St. Louis"; first of three films with Judy Garland
Loaned to Paramount and cast as a hillbilly matriarch opposite Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says"
Once again played a cook in a Garland musical in "The Harvey Girls"
On loanout to Universal, earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination playing Ma Kettle in the film adaptation of "The Egg and I", starring MacMurray and Claudette Colbert
Had rare lead role in Universal's "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" opposite Abbott and Costello
Second film with Percy Kilbride, "Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'"
Last of a total of seven films with Beery, "Big Jack"
Reunited with Kilbride for "Ma and Pa Kettle"; subsequently made six additional Kettle films
Final feature with Garland, "Summer Stock"
Cast as the mother of a soldier killed in action in "It's a Big Country"
Contract with MGM ended
Final Kettle film with Kilbride, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki"
Provided some comic relief in "Friendly Persuation", playing a widow with three unmarried daughters
Last Kettle film, "The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm"
Final acting role, a guest appearance on TV's "Wagon Train"
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