Zasu Pitts


Actor
Zasu Pitts

About

Birth Place
Parsons, Kansas, USA
Born
January 03, 1898
Died
June 07, 1963
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Lead and supporting player from 1917 who first gained attention for her performance in Erich Von Stroheim's mammoth "Greed" (1924). With the emergence of sound Pitts established herself as an endearingly daffy comedienne, often in support of Thelma Todd or in tandem with Slim Summerville. Pitts' trademark wailing voice and fluttering hands were last seen on screen in Stanley Kramer's 196...

Photos & Videos

Ruggles of Red Gap - Movie Poster
The Gay Bride - Movie Poster
ZaSu Pitts - State Express Cigarette Card

Family & Companions

Edward Woodall
Husband
Real estate broker, former tennis pro.

Notes

Her unusual first name came from two aunts after whom she was named Eliza and Susan.

Biography

Lead and supporting player from 1917 who first gained attention for her performance in Erich Von Stroheim's mammoth "Greed" (1924). With the emergence of sound Pitts established herself as an endearingly daffy comedienne, often in support of Thelma Todd or in tandem with Slim Summerville. Pitts' trademark wailing voice and fluttering hands were last seen on screen in Stanley Kramer's 1963 film, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Thrill of It All (1963)
Olivia
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Switchboard operator
Teenage Millionaire (1961)
Aunt Theodora
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Mrs. Shea
Francis Joins the WACS (1954)
Lt. Valerie Humpert
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Jane
Francis (1950)
Valerie Humpert
Life with Father (1947)
Cora [Cartwright]
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Rosa
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)
Elvira Spriggens
Let's Face It (1943)
Cornelia Pigeon
Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942)
Miss Emily Pepper
The Bashful Bachelor (1942)
Geraldine
So's Your Aunt Emma (1942)
"Aunt" Emma Bates
Tish (1942)
Aggie Pilkington
Broadway Limited (1941)
Myra [Pottle]
Week-End for Three (1941)
Anna
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941)
Miss Pepper
Niagara Falls (1941)
Emmy Sawyer
Miss Polly (1941)
Miss [Pandora] Polly
It All Came True (1940)
Miss Flint
No, No Nanette (1940)
Pauline
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)
Dulcy Lee
Mickey, the Kid (1939)
Lilly
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
Mme. Moulin
Naughty but Nice (1939)
Aunt Penelope
Eternally Yours (1939)
Mrs. Bingham
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Gwen Logan
52nd Street (1937)
Letitia Rondell
Forty Naughty Girls (1937)
Hildegarde Withers
Wanted (1937)
Mad Holiday (1936)
Mrs. [Fay] Kinney
13 Hours by Air (1936)
Miss Harkins
The Plot Thickens (1936)
Hildegarde Withers
Spring Tonic (1935)
Maggie
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Mrs. [Prunella] Judson
She Gets Her Man (1935)
Esmeralda
The Affair of Susan (1935)
Susan
Hot Tip (1935)
Belle McGill
Going Highbrow (1935)
Mrs. [Cora] Upshaw
Dames (1934)
Mathilda [Ounce Hemingway]
The Gay Bride (1934)
Mirabelle
Two Alone (1934)
Esthey Roberts
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
Miss [Tabitha] Hazy
The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)
Tillie [Prescott]
Private Scandal (1934)
Miss Coates
Sing and Like It (1934)
Annie Snodgrass
Their Big Moment (1934)
Tillie Whim
Love Birds (1934)
Araminta Tootle
3 on a Honeymoon (1934)
Alice Mudge
Meet the Baron (1933)
ZaSu
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)
Sibby
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
Elmerada [de Leon]
Love, Honor and Oh, Baby! (1933)
Connie Clark
Mr. Skitch (1933)
Mrs. [Maddie] Skitch
Her First Mate (1933)
Mary Horner
Hello, Sister! (1933)
Millie
Out All Night (1933)
Bunny
They Just Had to Get Married (1933)
Molly Hull
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)
Miss Gladys Fairweather
Back Street (1932)
Mrs. Dole
Make Me a Star (1932)
Mrs. Scudder
Destry Rides Again (1932)
Temperance worker
Steady Company (1932)
Dot
Westward Passage (1932)
Mrs. Truesdale
Shopworn (1932)
Dot
The Vanishing Frontier (1932)
Aunt Sylvia
Strangers of the Evening (1932)
Sybil Smith
The Crooked Circle (1932)
Nora Rafferty
Unexpected Father (1932)
Polly Pickerill
Roar of the Dragon (1932)
Gabby tourist
Madison Sq. Garden (1932)
Florrie
Once in a Lifetime (1932)
Miss Leighton
Is My Face Red? (1932)
Telephone operator
Blondie of the Follies (1932)
Gertie
Broken Lullaby (1932)
Anna
Penrod and Sam (1931)
Mrs. Bassett
The Guardsman (1931)
Liesl
Seed (1931)
Jennie
Bad Sister (1931)
Minnie
The Secret Witness (1931)
Bella
Beyond Victory (1931)
"Mlle." Fritzi
Their Mad Moment (1931)
Miss Dibbs
Finn and Hattie (1931)
Hattie Haddock
A Woman of Experience (1931)
Katie
The Big Gamble (1931)
Nora [Dugan]
Free Love (1931)
Ada
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Paul's mother
The Little Accident (1930)
Monica
The Lottery Bride (1930)
Hilda
River's End (1930)
Louise
Monte Carlo (1930)
Maria
War Nurse (1930)
Cushie
The Squealer (1930)
Bella
Passion Flower (1930)
Mrs. Harney
No, No, Nanette (1930)
Pauline
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)
Anna
Honey (1930)
Mayme
The Devil's Holiday (1930)
Ethel
Oh, Yeah (1929)
The Elk
This Thing Called Love (1929)
Clara Bertrand
The Argyle Case (1929)
Mrs. Wyatt
Paris (1929)
Harriet
Twin Beds (1929)
Tillie
The Squall (1929)
Lena
The Locked Door (1929)
Telephone girl
The Dummy (1929)
Rose Gleason
Her Private Life (1929)
Timmins
The Wedding March (1928)
Cecelia Schweisser
13 Washington Square (1928)
Mathilde
Wife Savers (1928)
Germaine
Buck Privates (1928)
Hulda
Sins of the Fathers (1928)
Mother Spengler
Casey at the Bat (1927)
Camille
Old Shoes (1927)
Mannequin (1926)
Annie Pogani
Sunny Side Up (1926)
Evelyn
Her Big Night (1926)
Gladys Smith
Monte Carlo (1926)
Hope Durant
Risky Business (1926)
Agnes Wheaton
Early To Wed (1926)
Mrs. Dugan
What Happened to Jones (1926)
Hilda
The Great Love (1925)
Nancy
The Re-creation of Brian Kent (1925)
Judy
Wages for Wives (1925)
Luella Logan
A Woman's Faith (1925)
Blanche
The Business of Love (1925)
Miss Wright
Pretty Ladies (1925)
Maggie Keenan
Greed (1925)
Trina
Thunder Mountain (1925)
Mandy Coulter
The Great Divide (1925)
Polly Jordan
Lazybones (1925)
Ruth Fanning
Secrets of the Night (1925)
Celia Stebbins
The Fast Set (1924)
Mona
The Legend of Hollywood (1924)
Mary Brown
Changing Husbands (1924)
Delia
West of the Water Tower (1924)
Dessie Arnhalt
The Goldfish (1924)
Amelia Pugsley
Daughters of Today (1924)
Lorena
Triumph (1924)
A factory girl
Greed (Reconstructed Version) (1924)
Mary of the Movies (1923)
Poor Men's Wives (1923)
Apple Annie
Tea--With a Kick (1923)
"Brainy" Jones
The Girl Who Came Back (1923)
Anastasia Muldoon
Three Wise Fools (1923)
Mickey
Souls for Sale (1923)
For the Defense (1922)
Jennie Dunn
Is Matrimony a Failure? (1922)
Mrs. Wilbur
A Daughter of Luxury (1922)
Mary Cosgrove
Youth to Youth (1922)
Emily
Patsy (1921)
Patsy
The Heart of Twenty (1920)
Katie Abbott
Seeing It Through (1920)
Betty Lawrence
The Other Half (1919)
Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid
Better Times (1919)
Nancy Scroggs
Men, Women and Money (1919)
Katie Jones
Poor Relations (1919)
Daisy Perkins
How Could You, Jean? (1918)
Oscar's sweetheart
A Society Sensation (1918)
Mary
The Talk of the Town (1918)
A Lady's Name (1918)
Emily
The Little Princess (1917)
Becky

Cast (Special)

The Real McTeague: A Synthesis of Forms (1993)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954)

Cast (Short)

One Track MInds (1933)
Maids a la Mode (1933)
Asleep in the Feet (1933)
The Bargain of the Century (1933)
The Soilers (1932)
Red Noses (1932)
Alum and Eve (1932)
The Old Bull (1932)
Sneak Easily (1932)
Show Business (1932)
Strictly Unreliable (1932)
Sealskins (1932)
War Mamas (1931)
The Pajama Party (1931)
On the Loose (1931)
Catch as Catch Can (1931)
Let's Do Things (1931)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Herself

Life Events

1917

Feature acting debut, "A Little Princess"

1925

Lead in Erich von Stroheim's "Greed"

1956

Starring role on TV series, "The Gale Storm Show"

1963

Last feature acting role in "The Thrill of It All"

Photo Collections

Ruggles of Red Gap - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Paramount's Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, and Charlie Ruggles. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Gay Bride - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Gay Bride (1934). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
ZaSu Pitts - State Express Cigarette Card
This is a small cigarette card of actress ZaSu Pitts. These cards were included in Cigarette packs in the 1930s and were collectible items. Customers could even purchase books to organize and collect these cards. State Express was an active Cigarette Card producer, creating a wide range of cards featuring famous people of which film stars were an often popular draw.

Videos

Movie Clip

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) - English Cowboy Butler Ruggles (Charles Laughton) assumes his false identity as "The Colonel" as he calls on the widow Judson (ZaSu Pitts) and her troublesome dog in Leo McCarey's Ruggles of Red Gap, 1935.
Ruggles Of Red Gap (1935) - Superlative Sauce Valet Charles Laughton (title character), at his first social in his new American home town, meets forthright widow Mrs. Judson (ZaSu Pitts), having given up resisting his new employers' determination to declare him a colonel, in Leo McCarey's Ruggles Of Red Gap, 1935.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - Get That Fella's Number! We’ve just seen director Stanley Kramer’s all-star comedy cast observing the desert car-crash death of gangster “Smiler,” so now we meet the head local cop, Spencer Tracy as Culpepper, Charles McGraw his assistant, getting the news, and the Jerry Lewis cameo, in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963.
Gay Bride, The (1934) - They Don't Live Long Thuggy "Shoots" (Nat Pendleton) visits brash showgirl Mary (Carole Lombard) backstage, where she later confides in aide Mirabelle (ZaSu Pitts) opening director Jack Conway's The Gay Bride, 1934.
Greed (1925) - I Want That Five Thousand! A drunken John McTeague (Gibson Gowland) tries to get money out of his miserly wife Trina (ZaSu Pitts) in this scene from Erich von Stroheim's Greed, 1925.
Silent Partner, The -- (TV Clip) Special Oscar Opening scenes from the George Marshall-directed episode of Screen Director's Playhouse, Joe E. Brown as a famous director attending the Academy Awards, Buster Keaton his former star, ZaSu Pitts a fan in the bar next door, in The Silent Partner, 1955.
Life With Father - Do You Ever Do Duets? Vinnie (Irene Dunne) greets cousin Cora (ZaSuPitts) and friend Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), then introduces sons John (Martin Milner) and Clarence Jr. (James Lydon), in Life With Father, 1947.

Trailer

Ruggles Of Red Gap - (Re-issue trailer) A British valet (Charles Laughton) must adapt to the Wild West when he is won in a poker game in Ruggles Of Red Gap (1935).
Naughty But Nice - (Original Trailer) A college professor (Dick Powell) turns songwriter and falls for his lyricist in Naughty But Nice (1939) co-starring Ann Sheridan.
Guardsman, The - (Original Trailer) Stage stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne filmed in their biggest hit, the classic farce The Guardsman (1931).
Going Highbrow - (Original Trailer) Guy Kibbee and ZaSu Pitts try to break into high society in Going Highbrow (1935).
All Quiet On The Western Front - (Re-release trailer) The third Academy Award for Best Picture went to this searing saga of a young German soldier in World War I.
Sing Me A Love Song - (Original Trailer) A playboy (James Melton) turns over a new leaf and starts from the bottom of the family business in Sing Me A Love Song (1937).
Thrill of It All, The - (Original Trailer) Let screenwriter Carl Reiner be your guide to the Doris Day/James Garner comedy The Thrill of It All (1963).
Mad Holiday - (Original Trailer) A temperamental film star's vacation turns deadly when he uncovers a murder on Mad Holiday (1936).
Weekend For Three - (Original Trailer) Algonquin wit Dorothy Parker co-wrote Weekend For Three (1941), a comedy about a married woman who can't get rid of an old boyfriend.
Meet the Baron - (Original Trailer) The Three Stooges make an early appearance in Meet the Baron (1933) based on the popular radio comedian Baron Munchausen.
Meanest Gal in Town, The - (Original Trailer) A stranded carnival girl comes between a lady show owner and the town barder in The Meanest Gal in Town (1934) starring Zazu Pitts.
It All Came True - (Original Trailer) Warner Bros' "Oomph Girl" Ann Sheridan gets top billing in the original trailer for It All Came True, 1940, starring Humphrey Bogart as a gangster holed-up in a nutty boarding house.

Family

Don Gallery
Son
Adopted son of actor Barbara La Marr; born in 1923; raised by Pitts after La Marr's death.

Companions

Edward Woodall
Husband
Real estate broker, former tennis pro.

Bibliography

Notes

Her unusual first name came from two aunts after whom she was named Eliza and Susan.