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Also Known As: Died: July 22, 1974
Born: December 30, 1879 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Young Lady Chatterley (1976) as Lady Frances Chatterley
Cynthia inherits her aunt's large estate and moves in. She reads her aunt's diary and finds out (and graphically imagines) how she was teached in love by her gardener in 1901 at the age of 21. She decides to continue the fruitful relationship to the personnel and gets it on with the handsome young gardener herself.
2.
Houseboat (1958) as British society woman
An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.
3.
The Ten Commandments (1956) as Hebrew woman/Hebrew at Rameses' gate
To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, condemning all first-born Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.
4.
Les Miserables (1952) as Nun
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
5.
You Gotta Stay Happy (1949) as Aunt Martha [Tutwiler]
Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just wants to sleep. Somehow, she persuades him to take her to California. Her fellow passengers include a chimpanzee, a corpse (in a coffin), an absconding embezzler, and two smoochy newlyweds. Can love be far behind?
6.
The Judge Steps Out (1949) as Margaret
A judge flees the pressures of professional and family life for a job as a short-order cook.
7.
The Black Arrow (1948) as Nun
A young British nobleman comes back from fighting in the War of the Roses to discover that his father has been murdered by an old family friend who is now an outlaw. However, he becomes suspicious about the exact circumstances of his father's death and determines to find out exactly what happened.
8.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) as Mrs. Pierce
An accountant dreams of being a hero but finds it''''s not so easy in real life.
9.
Down to Earth (1947) as Dowager
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
10.
Song of Love (1947) as Woman at party
True story of Clara Schumann''''s battle to save husband Robert''''s health and resist the romantic overtures of Johannes Brahms.
11.
The Exile (1947) as Second court lady
A deposed king fights for his life while hiding out at a farm.
12.
The Other Love (1947) as Mme. Gruen
A concert pianist dying of tuberculosis fall for her doctor.
13.
Cigarette Girl (1947) as Mrs. Halstead
Boy (Jimmy Lloyd) meets Girl (Leslie Brooks.) Boy tells Girl he is an oil company president and she tells him she is a popular night club singer. Boy and Girl are telling each other little white lies. But, via some contrived plot complications, Boy becomes a tycoon and the former night club cigarette-selling Girl becomes the Cinderella of Broadway, singing with the Russ Morgan Orchestra. Boy and Girl tell each other they are still more comfortable just being their humble selves. Girl neglects to tell Boy that her singing has been dubbed.
14.
Ivy (1947) as Lady Crail
To win a wealthy man, a British woman plots to kill her husband and pin it on her lover.
15.
It Had to Be You (1947) as Mrs. Kimberly
A runaway bride meets her match in a handsome fireman.
16.
Sherlock Holmes in Terror by Night (To Be Deleted) (1946)
Documents the unbridled sexual passion and exploration that marked the twelve years from Stonewall (1969) to the first reported cases of AIDS (1981). With access to a filmic and photographic treasure trove of erotic life on New York's West Side Piers, trucks, bars, dance clubs, baths and beaches. Th
17.
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) as Guest's wife
A shy milkman gets into boxing when he turns out to have a killer punch.
18.
Terror by Night (1946) as Lady Margaret Carstairs
Sherlock Holmes signs on to protect a priceless diamond from jewel thieves.
19.
A Stolen Life (1946) as Art patron
A twin takes her deceased sister''''s place as wife of the man they both love.
20.
21.
That Night with You (1945) as Mrs. Brock
22.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) as Lady Agatha
A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin.
23.
One Way to Love (1945) as Distinguished woman
24.
A Guy, a Gal, and a Pal (1945) as Mrs. Breckenridge
Helen Carter is wooed by two men and she is torn between the financial security offered Granville Breckinridge and happiness love she feels for serviceman Jimmy Jones.
25.
Earl Carroll Vanities (1945) as Queen Mother Elena
26.
Lady on a Train (1945) as Cousin
A young woman enlists a mystery writer to help her solve a murder when the corpse vanishes.
27.
I'll Remember April (1945) as Mrs. Barrington
28.
Ladies Courageous (1944) as Sister Rose
29.
Jane Eyre (1944) as Mrs. Eshton
A governess at a remote estate falls in love with her brooding employer.
30.
Tender Comrade (1944) as Jo's mother
Lady welders pool their resources to share a house during World War II.
31.
Women in Bondage (1944) as Gladys Bracken
Margot Bracken returns home to Germany after several years of absence, and is horrified at the degraded status which has been forced on the women of her homeland. Toni Hall is prevented from marrying her sweetheart. Both women speak out against the terrorist reign and are imprisoned. Pagan baptisms, "mercy" killings, sterilizations, government-encouraged vice and the cruelties of the Gestapo are only a few of the practices they see or endure.
32.
What a Woman! (1943) as Senator's wife
A female literary agent tries to make her star client as adventures as his most famous character.
33.
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) as Beryl Pettibone
Sherlock Holmes tries to recover a stolen document during World War II.
34.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as Lady Thomas
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
35.
Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Mrs. Isabel Fleming
A mystery writer and his wife investigate the murder of a couturier''''s wife.
36.
Mr. Lucky (1943) as Grim-faced woman
A gambling-ship owner is out to fleece a beautiful society woman, but falls in love.
37.
Two Tickets to London (1943) as Dame Dunne Hartley
38.
Almost Married (1942) as Mrs. Marvin
Gloria Dobson (Jane Frazee) is finding it hard to become a night club singer in New York because she has "no name". She is given a chance to acquire one when her trunk is delivered by mistake to the home of socialite James Manning III (Robert Paige). The latter's wealthy Aunt Matilda (Elizabeth Patterson) has Jimmy tagged for marriage to Louella Marvin (Jan Wiley). Jimmy, not interested in marrying Louella, and his butler, Michael (Charles Coleman) persuade Gloria, who has come to claim her trunk, to be introduced to Aunt Mathilda as Jimmy's "secret bride". The news of his "secret marriage" makes the newspapers, and his lawyers advise him that the only way out is an actual marriage to Gloria, followed by a quick divorce. Gloria agrees and they are married, and she discovers she has fallen in love with Jimmy. But humiliated because Jimmy still wants a divorce, she defiantly obtains a night club singing engagement on the strength of her married name. Jimmy ruins her chances of gaining recognition by buying up all the club's reservations for three weeks. Gloria then heads for Reno to get a divorce. Jimmy, realizing that he does love Gloria, flies to catch her Reno-bound train...
39.
The Great Impersonation (1942) as Lady Leslie [Clayfair]
An unconscious man is found in a boat which drifts to the landing of an isolated African outpost where Baron von Ragenstein (Ralph Bellamy), an enemy agent, recognizes the man as his exact double, Sir Edward Dominey (Ralph Bellamy), with whom von Ragenstein went to school. He plots to kill Dominey and pose as the dead man.He learns about Dominey's broken marriage to Muriel (Evelyn Ankers) and his relation to Sir Ronald (Aubrey Mather), head of home defense. Back at the Dominey estate,Muriel is delighted with the change in Dominey, and Sir Ronald gives the spy a confidential position.The situation is complicated by Bardinet(Edward Norris), Muriel's admirer who, like von Regenstein, is under orders from Seaman (Henry Danielle), chief of the enemy agents. Another difficulty is Baroness Stephanie (Kaaren Verne), a spy who loves von Regenstein. The jealous Bardinet tells Muriel that Dominey is an imposter and she tells Sir Ronald. At Police headquarters Dominey reveals that, in Africa, it was actually von Regenstein that was killed and that he, Dominey posing as von Regenstein, has been playing the dual role in order to uncover the enemy leaders.
40.
Paris Calling (1942) as Guest
41.
We Were Dancing (1942) as Mrs. Sandys
A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo.
42.
This Above All (1942) as Vicar's wife
A woman defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.
43.
Klondike Fury (1942) as Mrs. Langton
A neurosurgeon is thrown out of the medical profession after he performs a daring but unsuccessful surgery. He flees to Alaska, where his plane crashes in the frozen wilderness.
44.
Nothing But the Truth (1941) as Mrs. Ralston
A businessman bets he can tell the truth for 24 hours.
45.
Back Street (1941) as Mrs. Williams
A woman accepts life in the shadows as the price for her affair with a married man.
46.
When Ladies Meet (1941) as
A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal.
47.
Laddie (1940) as Mrs. [Anna] Pryor
49.
South of Suez (1940) as Mrs. Putnam
A murder defendant falls for his alleged victim''''s daughter.
50.
Private Affairs (1940) as Mrs. Stanley
Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, finds herself in the same quandary, ordered by her crotchety grandfather, Noble Bullerton, to marry a man she doesn't love.
51.
Espionage Agent (1939) as
American spies try to steal Nazi secrets from a moving train.
52.
Risky Business (1939) as Mrs. Jameson
53.
Should Husbands Work? (1939) as Mrs. Barnes
54.
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) as Mrs. Bel-Goodie
A circus manager tries to break up his daughter''''s romance with a ventriloquist.
55.
The Sun Never Sets (1939) as Mrs. Randolph
When Clive Randolph finally returns "home" from Gold Coast colony, younger brother John balks at following the family Colonial Service tradition. But back in Gold Coast, one Zurof, nominally studying ants, pursues a hidden political agenda that causes worldwide unrest; the Colonial Office persuades both brothers to go back and deal with it. Young John makes a mess of things, then must save the day on his own.
56.
Outside These Walls (1939) as Gertrude Bishop
57.
It Could Happen to You (1939) as Mrs. Quigley
58.
I Stole a Million (1939) as Woman customer in flower shop
59.
Fast and Loose (1939) as Mrs. Torrent
Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane investigate the killing of a noted collector.
60.
Ninotchka (1939) as Lady Lavenham
A coldhearted Soviet agent is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love.
61.
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) as Mrs. Gaynes
Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career.
62.
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) as Lady Hilda
An ice-skating team breaks up when both partners fall for the same girl.
63.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) as Lady Conynham
The famed sleuth tries to stop Professor Moriarty from stealing the Crown Jewels.
64.
Three Loves Has Nancy (1938) as Mrs. Hanson
A country girl follows the man who jilted her to the big city, where she finds two new suitors.
65.
The Rage of Paris (1938) as Woman in opera box
A penniless woman sets out to snare a rich husband.
66.
Everybody Sing (1938) as Miss Colvin
A theatrical family tries to put on a show but is upstaged by their servants.
67.
Outside of Paradise (1938) as Mrs. Stonewall
68.
You Can't Take It with You (1938) as Mrs. Anthony Kirby
A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.
69.
Always Goodbye (1938) as Martha Marshall
70.
Another Dawn (1937) as Mrs. Benton
An officer''''s wife at a British outpost in Africa falls for another man.
71.
The Awful Truth (1937) as Mrs. Vance
A divorced couple keeps getting mixed up in each other's love lives.
72.
Stage Door (1937) as Cast of stage play
Women at a theatrical boarding house try to make their big break happen.
73.
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) as Mrs. MacMonachie
When her parents die, an orphaned girl goes to live with her grandfather on a British outpost in India.
74.
Women of Glamour (1937) as Mrs. Stark
A girl with a reputation falls for a wealthy playboy.
75.
Widow from Monte Carlo (1936) as Lady Holloway
A widowed duchess enlists an American thief to save her from blackmail.
76.
Wedding Present (1936) as Mrs. Dodacker
77.
The White Angel (1936) as First lady
In this true story, Florence Nightingale defies military leaders to organize humanitarian nursing services during the Crimean War.
78.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) as Mrs. Wyatt
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
79.
Small Town Girl (1936) as Mrs. Hyde
After marrying a drunken playboy, a young girl tries to capture his heart while he's sober.
80.
Dizzy Dames (1935) as Mrs. Stokes
81.
The Perfect Gentleman (1935) as Lady Clyffe-Pembrook
A retired military man helps an actress make a comeback.
82.
Les Misérables (1935) as Mlle. Baptiseme
An obsessed policeman relentlessly pursues an escaped convict.
83.
84.
Rendezvous (1935) as Lady Cavendish
A decoding expert tangles with enemy spies.
85.
Anna Karénina (1935) as Princess Sorokina
Adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.
86.
Stranded (1935) as Grace Dean
A Traveler's Aid worker who delights in solving people's problems gets mixed up with gangsters.
87.
Captain Blood (1935) as Mrs. Stead
After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate.
88.
Roberta (1935) as
A football player inherits a chic Paris fashion house.
89.
Laddie (1935) as Anna Pryor
90.
Now I'll Tell (1934) as Mrs. Drake
Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his wife's jewels and takes out an insurance policy on himself.
91.
Sadie McKee (1934) as Mrs. Alderson
A working girl suffers through three troubled relationships on her road to prosperity.
92.
The Painted Veil (1934) as Mrs. Braithwaite
A wife strays, then fights to redeem herself to her husband.
93.
Happiness Ahead (1934) as Mrs. Travis
An heiress falls for a singing window washer.
94.
She Was a Lady (1934) as Lady Diana Vane
95.
Two Heads on a Pillow (1934) as Mrs. Devonshire
Once-married attorneys face off during a heated divorce case.
96.
Shock (1934) as Lady Heatherly
97.
Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) as Mrs. Kelsey
Years after being pushed out of her husband’s life, a woman befriends her long lost son.
98.
You Can't Buy Everything (1934) as Kate [Farley]
A scorned woman dreams of revenge on the man who betrayed her.
99.
Blind Date (1934) as Mrs. Hartwell
A young woman is torn between a wealthy suitor who wants her body and the honest young man who wants what's best for her.
100.
British Agent (1934) as Lady Trehearne
An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.
101.
We Live Again (1934) as Mrs. Kortchagin
A Russian nobleman discovers the peasant girl he once seduced has turned to crime.
102.
Carolina (1934) as Aunt Catherine
103.
Cavalcade (1933) as Duchess of Churt
A British family survives war and changing times.
104.
Bombshell (1933) as Mrs. Middleton
A glamorous film star rebels against the studio, her pushy press agent and a family of hangers-on.
105.
A Farewell to Arms (1932) as Miss Van Campen
An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse.
106.
Vanity Fair (1932) as Mrs. Sedley
107.
Stepping Sisters (1932) as Mrs. Tremaine
108.
The Silent Witness (1932) as Lady Mary Howard
109.
The Brat (1931) as Mrs. Forester
A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their snobbish ways.
110.
Working Girls (1931) as Mrs. Johnstone
111.
Chances (1931) as Mrs. Ingleside
When brothers fighting World War I together fall for the same girl, it spells danger.
112.
The Man Who Came Back (1931) as Mrs. Gaynes
113.
Born to Love (1931) as Duchess
A World War I pilot thought dead turns up after the mother of his child has married.
114.
East Is West (1930) as Mrs. Benson
Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.
115.
The Devil to Pay (1930) as Mrs. Hope
A spendthrift''''s return shakes up his family.
116.
Holiday (1930) as Mrs. Pritchard Ames
117.
So This Is London (1930) as Lady Worthing
118.
Strictly Unconventional (1930) as Mrs. Anna Shenstone
A woman looks up her philandering mother-in-law for advice on adultery.
119.
Her Private Life (1929) as Lady Wildering
120.
Sunnyside Up (1929) as Mrs. Cromwell
Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who.
121.
The Trespasser (1929) as Mrs. Ferguson
A stenographer gives birth to a child after her marriage to a wealthy man is annulled.
122.
The Thirteenth Chair (1929) as Lady Crosby
A phony medium tries to prove her protege innocent of murder.
123.
The Child Thou Gavest Me (1921) as Governess
When a newlywed learns his wife has an illegitimate child, he sets out to kill the father.
124.
The Warfare of the Flesh (1917) as Magdalene
125.
Cy Whittaker's Ward (1917) as Phoebe Daws
126.
Zudora (1915)
127.
God's Witness (1915) as

Cast (short)

128.
What Do You Think? (Number Three) (1938)
This short film focuses on whether or not the dead can communicate with the living.

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