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My Favorite Character Actress
Edna May Oliver has been a favorite actress of mine since I was a child. My father forced me to watch Drums Along the Mohawk when I was 7. I wanted to watch Snoopy but he took full authority as parent to overtake the television and force the captive audience to bend to his will. I tried to watch with as much derision and aloofness as is possible for a 7 yr old but after 20 minutes I was enthralled and loved the scene stealing Mrs. Oliver. Then when she played Aunt March in my favorite story Little Women... I've seen all the versions and hers is the BEST portrayal. I had never seen her in the Hildegard Withers series but am currently enjoying Murder On The Blackboard for the 1st time (Thank you TCM!!). I only wish Mrs. Oliver could have been with us for longer. It's a crime we were deprived of all the great roles she could have added to her repertoire. She's been one of my favorites for 27 years and continues to hold that spot... And always will!!
Edna the GREAT!!!!!!
Edna was a great actress, comedian and person. I have always enjoyed her performances and always will. In her movies she always had a pretty good sense of humor in her roles. I recently learned studying my family tree that I am related to her. And I must say I am proud to be a relative.
It's a shame Ms. Oliver's performances as Hildegarde Withers are not available on DVD! Oliver's portrayal of Miss Withers reminds me of Margaret Rutherford's comic portrayal of Miss Marple.
Truly delightful actress
Enjoyable to watch.Never disappoints.Just like a Scorpio,to go out on her birthday!Thanks for so many unforgettable performances!
Miss Edna May Oliver
- Everett Stallings
One of the best of all time!
The Finest Classic Actress
- Larry Bradford
Edna Mae Oliver is the finest classic actress I've seen. She was stunning in "A Tale of Two Cities". We need more actresses who can delivery as she could with little effort. She was a natural.
Edna May Oliver
I just finished watching The Penguin Pool Murder starring Edna May Oliver. The Penguin Pool Murder is just plain good. I laughed and had a real good time watching it. I really enjoyed the character Hildegard Withers. As a child watching the old black and whites that she played in I always felt like I was going to have a good time. I hope to see more of this series on TCM. Thanks for sharing.
Edna May Oliver Movies
- E. R.
EVERY movie Edna May Oliver appeared in is enhanced by her presense. It is without question that she was the greatest female character actress ever to grace the silver screen. What a shame that there are no DVD's of all the movies she had a role in. I'm sure there are many others, beside myself, who would love the opportunity to own any or all of the movies that encompassed her body of work.
Bring back Hildy
- Paul Rutledge
Some time ago, you aired the Hildegard Withers series, and I missed the one entitled Forty Naughty Girls. I hope you can bring back the entire series, and especially the above-mentioned title.
BRING BACK THE HILDEGARDE WITHERS MOVIES
The Hildegarde Withers movies are so witty and funny. I hope they will come out on DVD so I can own all 3.
SHE IS GREAT
EDNA MAY OLIVER IS A MOVIE HIT MAKER. WHENEVER SHE IS IN THE CAST I KNOW I WILL ENJOY THE MOVIE. LET'S NOT FORGET HER GREATNESS. MY LOVE TO EDNA MAY AND MY THANKS, EDYE
- mary collins
she is one of the best character actor I've ever seen.I love all the movies I have seen with Ms. oliver in them.Some movies like only because she is in them.
One of the Greats
Edna May Oliver is the kind of brilliant, highly distinctive character actor that has been squeezed out of American movies over the past decades. Crusty, peculiar, warm, funny -- what more could one want in a character actor? Her classic portrayal of Aunt Betsy in "David Copperfield" is as unforgettable as W.C. Fields as Micawber, and it is impossible to read the novel without visulaizing her. She radiates a kind of abrasive, yet loving, energy in all her roles and always provides a sense of force to the narrative flow of her films. It is so sad that these kinds of wonderful actors are now a matter of history rather than a living presence in our techno-crazed, lifeless films.
- mary collins
I would like to see a day of movies by this actress on TCM. I love this web site.I can get the titles of all the wonderful old movies and the great actors from the year I like.thank you for creating this site.
I Love this Lady!
Edna May Oliver was a character actor who could play any character!( serious or funny) Her gimick was her long face. She was even portrayed in Looney Tunes! Her characters were often quick tounged, but were still loveable. I wish she had won an Oscar.
- michael york
her aunt betsy in david copperfield is one of the best supporting performances ever and her oscar-nominated performance in drums along the mohawk showed her range not to mention her nurse in romeo and julet
My favorite character actor
A strong formidable but loving woman was a character she often played that people loved to see in such films as David Copperfield's aunt in D.C., Lady Catherine De Bourgh in the best version of Pride and Prejudice and as Hildegarde Withers the amature detective/school teacher/love interest of the police detective played by James Gleason . Thanks to TCM for showing her films.
A Tale of Two Cities
Edna Mae was excellant as the ladies maid in A Tale of Two Cities. Her all out bar- room-type-brawl with one of the revelutionary women showed, what ever part Edna Mae play, she played it with grit!
There is no one quite like Edno
- John LaBorn
I think that Edna May is one of the most outstanding character actresses of all time. Her role as Martha Withers was captivating. She was certainly not beautiful by any stretch but what a woman as Oscar Piper would say. Drama or comedy, she did it all and like most character actors, she often was a scene robber.