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Also Known As: Josephine Sherwood Died: March 12, 1957
Born: January 3, 1884 Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage
Birth Place: Newtonville, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, director, chorus girl

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Although she boasted a 50-year career, Hull is best known for her later roles as plump, scatterbrained matrons. Born Josephine Sherwood to a well-to-do New England family, the hopeful actress attended Radcliffe and The New England Conservatory of Music before making her stage debut in stock in 1905. After some years as a chorus girl and touring stock player, she married actor Shelley Hull (younger brother of the more well-known actor Warren Hull) in 1910. When her husband died in 1919, the actress retired until 1923, when she returned under the name Josephine Hull.

Although she boasted a 50-year career, Hull is best known for her later roles as plump, scatterbrained matrons. Born Josephine Sherwood to a well-to-do New England family, the hopeful actress attended Radcliffe and The New England Conservatory of Music before making her stage debut in stock in 1905. After some years as a chorus girl and touring stock player, she married actor Shelley Hull (younger brother of the more well-known actor Warren Hull) in 1910. When her husband died in 1919, the actress retired until 1923, when she returned under the name Josephine Hull.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Lady from Texas (1951) Miss Birdie Wheeler
2.
 Harvey (1950) Veta Louise Simmons
3.
 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Abby Brewster
4.
 After Tomorrow (1932) Mrs. Piper
5.
 Careless Lady (1932) Aunt Cora
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1905:
Made stage debut with Castle Square Stock Company in Boston, Massachusetts
1919:
Retired from acting after death of her husband, actor Shelley Hull
1923:
Returned to acting in NY stage production of "Roger Bloomer"
1926:
First major stage success in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Craig's Wife"
1932:
Film debut, in "After Tomorrow"
1936:
Had major stage success with "You Can't Take It with You"
1949:
Only major TV appearance, "Arsenic and Old Lace" on CBS
1951:
Last film appearance, "The Lady From Texas"
:
Retired from acting in mid-1950s
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Education

Radcliffe College: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
New England Conservatory of Music: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

"She has a distinctive gift for comedy and the scatter-brained ladies she creates so brilliantly are the antithesis of the lady herself who has an even disposition and a well-balanced mind." --Daniel Blum in GREAT STARS OF THE AMERICAN THEATER, 1951

"Miss Hull is a vastly skillful trouper who knows what to do with a pause, an inflection, a glance, a jolting utterance--who can nearly always get more out of a line or scene than the author wrote into it." --critic Ward Morehouse, quoted in Current Biography, 1953.

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husband:
Shelley Vaughan Hull. Actor. Married from 1910 until his death in 1919; older brother of actor Henry Hull (1890-1977).

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father:
William H Sherwood. Perfume importer.
mother:
Mary Elizabeth Sherwood. Board of education executive.

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