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Also Known As: Died: January 19, 1989
Born: January 20, 1898 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Doctor Dolittle (1967) as Lady Petherington
A veterinarian who can communicate with animals travels abroad to search for a giant sea snail.
The Sound of Music (1965) as Frau Schmidt
Maria had longed to be a nun since she was a young girl, yet when she became old enough discovered that it wasn't at all what she thought. Often in trouble and doing the wrong things, Maria is sent to the house of a retired naval captain, named Captain Von Trapp, to care for his children. Von Trapp was widowed several years before and was left to care for seven 'rowdy' children. The children have run off countless governesses. Maria soon learns that all these children need is a little love to change their attitudes. Maria teaches the children to sing, and through her, music is brought back into the hearts and home of the Von Trapp family. Unknowingly, Maria and Captain Von Trapp are falling helplessly in love, except there are two problems, the Captain is engaged, and Maria is a postulant!
A Very Special Favor (1965) as Mother Plum
In Paris, an oil executive does a favor for an older Parisian businessman by romancing the latter's daughter.
13 Frightened Girls (1963) as Miss Pittford
A diplomat's daughter gets mixed up in international intrigue and murder.
The Miracle (1959) as Mrs. McGregor
When a 19th century nun elopes, the Virgin Mary takes her place at the convent.
The Buccaneer (1959) as Madame Hilaire
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
In the Money (1958) as Dowager
The Bowery Boys escort a diamond concealing poodle on a cruise.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) as Mrs. [Emily Jane] French
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
The Birds and the Bees (1956) as Passenger
The Silver Chalice (1955) as Matron
A silversmith is charged with engraving the Holy Grail.
Jupiter's Darling (1955) as Fabia
A beautiful Roman mounts a romantic campaign to halt Hannibal's invasion of the empire.
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) as
Three American roommates working in Italy wish for the man of their dreams after throwing coins into a fountain.
Young Bess (1953) as Lady Tyrwhitt
The future Elizabeth I fights court intrigue in the turbulent years before her ascension to the throne.
Loose in London (1953) as Aunt Agatha
The Bowery Boys take on British crooks when one of them thinks he''''s inherited a title.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) as Lady Beekman
Two singers work their way to Paris, enjoying the company of eligible men they meet along the way.
Les Miserables (1952) as Mademoiselle Courbet
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
Something for the Birds (1952) as Congresswoman Bates
A conservationist fights to save the habitat of the California condor and to do it she works her way into the affections of a representative of the oil company that wants the land for their own purposes.
Thunder on the Hill (1951) as Pierce
Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette Colbert) becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to find the real killer.
Strangers on a Train (1951) as Mrs. Cunningham
A man's joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
Fancy Pants (1950) as Lady Maude
A wild West family wins a British valet in a poker game and passes him off as a nobleman.
The Secret Garden (1949) as Nurse
An orphaned girl changes the lives of those she encounters at a remote estate.
Adventure in Baltimore (1949) as H[elen] H[adley] Hamilton
A turn-of-the-century socialite joins the women''s suffrage movement.
The Spiritualist (1948) as
On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind...
The Senator Was Indiscreet (1948) as Woman at banquet
Dim-witted blowhard, Melvin G. Ashton, is a US Senator who wants to be President. He hires Lew Gibson, a talented PR man who gets Ashton in newsreels and on the front page, never thinking he'll win. But Ashton has a secret weapon: a diary documenting every shady deal his party's made for 35 years. With the diary, he blackmails the party leaders to support his candidacy, and he's on his way to the nomination. An unseen political enemy is after the diary, using the young and lovely Valerie Shepherd to get into the Senator's room, and Lew's fiancée, reporter Poppy McNaughton thinks she can get her hands on it, too, and stop Ashton. Will the otherwise unemployable dope become President?
Hollow Triumph (1948) as Mrs. Gerry
A crook on the lam poses as a psychiatrist.
Let's Live a Little (1948) as Nurse Brady
A harried, overworked advertising executive is being pursued romantically by one of his clients, a successful perfume magnate ... and his former fiancée. The latest client of the agency is a psychiatrist and author of a new book. When the executive goes over to discuss the ad campaign, the psychiatrist turns out to be a woman. But what does he really need? Romance? Or analysis?
Forever Amber (1947) as Mrs. Abbott
Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Mrs. Wilmer Dawson
Where There's Life (1947) as Mrs. Herbert Jones
The American heir to a European throne tries to elude assassins.
Millie's Daughter (1947) as Mrs. Sarah Harris
Ivy (1947) as Joan Rodney
To win a wealthy man, a British woman plots to kill her husband and pin it on her lover.
Bob, Son of Battle (1947) as Lady Eleanor
The Green Years (1946) as Mrs. Bosomley
An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother's Scottish relations.
The Searching Wind (1946) as Mrs. Hayworth
Always the diplomat, Alex Hazen is slow to take sides in Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. Cassie Bowwman wants him to be more decisive and leaves him in Rome just as Mussolini is coming to power. There Alex marries Emily, daughter of a newspaper publisher who hires Cassie for his Paris bureau -- just before retiring form active management of his paper. Alex and Emily's son Sam, recently returned from active duty in World War II, learns the whole story one night in Washington when Emily invites Cassie to dinner. Sam has a story to tell, too.
The Cheaters (1945) as Matty Tait
An unemployed actor tries to save a young innocent from greedy relations.
National Velvet (1945) as Miss Simms
A British farm girl fights to train a difficult horse for the Grand National Steeplechase.
Bring on the Girls (1945) as Aunt Martha
Girls of the Big House (1945) as Mrs. Thelma Holt
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945) as Haughty floor lady
A soldier loses his girlfriend to his best buddy.
Hold That Blonde (1945) as Mrs. Henry Carteret
Ogden Spencer Trulow III (Eddie Bracken) is a wealthy kleptomaniac who turned to stealing when he was spurned by a girl. His psychoanalyst advises him to find another girl for a cure. He fastens his interest upon Sally Martin (Veronica Lake), who happens to be engaged upon helping some crooks steal a valuable necklace. Complications include two scantily attired individuals, one of them drunk, clinging to the cornice of a skyscraper and a large band of crooks in quest of the precious jewels.
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) as Mrs. Bland
An American woman with a British husband fights to keep her family together through two world wars.
Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) as His wife
A German officer tries to force a French laundress to become his mistress.
The Good Fellows (1943) as Mrs. Drayton
The title of Grand Caesar in the Ancient Order of Noblest Romans of Wakefield, Indiana keeps Jim "Pop" Helton (Cecil Kellaway) so involved and distracted that he forgets to pay the family's bills, nearly makes a shambles of a real estate deal his oldest daughter, Ethel (Helen Walker)is working on,almost wrecks her romance with Captain Tom Drayson (James Brown), and gets involved in a game with a pool shark in an effort to raise the remaining $75 of the $6,750 needed (that they didn't have) by the Wakefield Lodge to host the national convention of the Noblest Romans.
What a Woman! (1943) as Miss Timmons
A female literary agent tries to make her star client as adventures as his most famous character.
My Kingdom for a Cook (1943) as Margaret
An English author must search for a new cook when he moves to rural Massachusetts.
Slightly Dangerous (1943) as Opera singer
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) as Gracie
Sherlock Holmes investigates murders at a rest home where Watson volunteers.
Dixie (1943) as Mrs. La Plant
A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most treasured composition: "Dixie." The film is based on the life of Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote the classic song "Dixie."
The Glass Key (1942) as Dowager
A hired gun and his gangster boss fall out over a woman.
Flying with Music (1942) as Miss Mullens
A man on the run from alimony payments gets a job as a South American tour guide.
We Were Dancing (1942) as Mrs. Bryce-Carew
A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo.
Casablanca (1942) as Englishwoman
An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up.
Johnny Doughboy (1942) as Miss Penticott
The Major and the Minor (1942) as Mrs. Osborne
A woman disguises herself as a little girl and ends up in a military academy.
Random Harvest (1942) as Julia
A woman''s happiness is threatened when she discovers her husband has been suffering from amnesia.
Glamour Boy (1941) as Mrs. Lee
Marathon Pictures is stuck with Billy Doran (Darryl Hickman), Whiz Quiz radio show star but a flop in Hollywood. Ex-child star Tiny Barlow (Jackie Cooper) suggests that the studio remake "Skippy", the film that made him famous, with himself as coach for little Billy. A. J. Colder (Walter Abel), Marathon's Mighty Mogul, agrees. Joan Winslow (Susanna Foster), a contract player who has never had a part, is picked to replace balky Brenda Lee (Ann Gillis) in Marathon's monster musical of the year. Tiny poses as a big shot and takes credit for getting Joan the role. They are soon seen everywhere together as Tiny is taking advantage of her publicity build-up for his own gain, until he suddenly finds out he is in love with her and confesses his duplicity. This occurs when Colder has forbid Joan to see Tiny anymore, directing her to only be seen with important people who can help her career, and Tiny thinks it is because she has dumped him. He enters into a conspiracy with Brenda's agent, Mickey Fadden (John Gallaudet), to make Brenda give up her strike and accept the role Colder gave Joan. She does and Tiny is given the role of her leading man. But he is unhappy about what he has done in costing Joan her big chance, plus his old friend, Georgie Clemons (Jackie Searle) who used to play the mean kid in Tiny's films is also replaced. Faced with the taunts of the production crew because of what he helped engineer and broken hearted about Joan, Tiny walks out on the picture, climbs into his automobile and heads for parts unknown. Little Billy, who adores him, stows away in the luggage compartment. Billy, the high IQ kid, has devised a scheme to set everything right.
Road to Zanzibar (1941) as Clara Kimble
A lady con artist scams two out-of-work entertainers into financing a safari.
Scotland Yard (1941) as Lady [Elizabeth] Heathcote
Inspector Cork pursues a bank robber who serves in the army and receives facial injuries. After plastic surgery he shows up as a bank president planning an enormous robbery.
The Mad Doctor (1941) as Susan
The Earl of Chicago (1940) as Maureen Kilmount
A Chicago gangster inherits a British title.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) as Hostess
A ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War I.
Shipyard Sally (1939) as Patricia Randell
Music hall performer (Fields) manages the saloon her father (Howard) bought. The clientele includes unemployed shipyard workers who she entertains and helps.
Fools for Scandal (1938) as Cicely
A Hollywood star falls for a broken down aristocrat.
Wanted (1937)
Windbag the Sailor (1936)
Will Hay plays a bragging sea captain whose maritime experience actually extends to navigating a coal barge down inland waterways. His tall tales catch him out when he is co-erced into commanding an unseaworthy ship by an unscrupulous shipping agent who means to have it wrecked. This was the first film to couple Will Hay with both Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt.
East Meets West (1936) as Lady Mallory
Boys Will Be Boys (1936) as Lady Dorking
Will Hay is a teacher in a prison, who applies for the Headship of Narkover, a public school. This is the first screen appearance of Hay in his (to be ) famous schoolmaster role, in a story based on Dr Smart-Alec, the character created by John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Michael Morton (J.B. Morton, "Beachcomber")
The Iron Duke (1935) as Duchess of Richmond

Cast (special)

Doc (1969) as Mrs Dobson
The story, set in the sleepy little town of Stubbville, relates the misadventures of Jason Fillmore, the town's elderly doctor, and his young assistant, Orville Truebody, a bumbler.

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