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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 ...
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Worked the vaudeville circuit for several years before making her debut on Broadway in 1916
1935:
Acted in the Broadway production of "Dead End"
1936:
Appeared in "The Women"
1937:
Brought to Hollywood to recreate her stage role in the film version of "Dead End"
1937:
Cast as Barbara Stanwyck's mother in "Stella Dallas"
1938:
Offered a fine comic turn as the landlady in "Test Pilot"
1939:
Recreated her stage role as the proprietress of a ranch in the film adaptation of "The Women"
1940:
Played a lady blacksmith opposite Wallace Beery in "Wyoming"
1940:
Was signed to an exclusive, long-term contract by MGM
1941:
Starred with Frank Morgan in "The Wild Man of Borneo"
1941:
Reteamed with Wallace Beery for "Barnacle Bill"
1941:
Portrayed a minister's wife in "Honky Tonk"
1943:
On loanout to Fox, cast as a nouveau riche society doyenne in "Heaven Can Wait", directed by Ernst Lubitsch
1944:
Had a featured role as the cook in "Meet Me in St. Louis," the first of three films she did with Judy Garland
1945:
Loaned to Paramount and cast as a hillbilly matriarch opposite Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says"
1946:
Once again played a cook in a Garland musical in "The Harvey Girls"
1947:
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
1947:
Had a rare lead role in Universal's "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" opposite Abbott and Costello
1948:
Second film with Percy Kilbride, "Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'"
1949:
Last of a total of seven films with Beery, "Big Jack"
1949:
Reunited with Percy Kilbride for "Ma and Pa Kettle" and subsequently made six additional Kettle films
1950:
Final feature with Garland, "Summer Stock"
1952:
Cast as the mother of a soldier killed in action in "It's a Big Country"
1954:
Contract with MGM ended
1955:
Final Kettle film with Kilbride, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki"
1956:
Provided some comic relief in "Friendly Persuasion," playing a widow with three unmarried daughters
1957:
Last Kettle film, "The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm"
1958:
Final acting role, a guest appearance on TV's "Wagon Train"

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