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Edna May Oliver

​ She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. Miss Oliver took an early interest in the stage, and she would quit school at the age of 14 to pursue her ambitions in the theater. Despite abandoning traditional schooling, Edna continued to study the performing arts, including speech and piano. One of her first jobs was as pianist with an all female orchestra which toured America around the turn of the century. By 1917 she had achieved success on Broadway in the hit play "Oh, Boy". By 1923 she had appeared in her first film. Edna May Oliver seems to have been born to play the classics of American and British literature. Some of her most memorable film roles were in adaptations of works of Charles Dickens. Although some have described her as plain or "horse faced", Edna May Oliver's comedic talents lent a beautiful droll warmth to her characters. She was usually called upon to play less glamorous roles such as a spinsters, but she played them with such soul, wit, and depth that to this day she remains one of the best loved of Hollywood's character actresses. A fine example of her comedic talent can be found in Laugh and Get Rich (1931). Here we find her playing a role almost autobiographical in nature, that of a proud woman with Boston roots who has married "down". As the plot unwinds, she is invited to a society gala despite her modest circumstances. At the gala she becomes tipsy. With a frolicsome air Edna May seems to use the role to gently mock her real self. Her slightly drunk character seizes upon a bit of flattery, and alluding to her old New England family, proudly proclaims to each who will listen, "I am a Cranston. That explains everything!". In real life, Edna May Oliver was a Nutter, and perhaps that explains everything. Edna May Oliver married stock broker David Pratt in 1928, but the marriage ended in divorce five years later. In 1939 she received an Oscar nomination for her supporting role as Widow McKlennar in the picture Drums Along the Mohawk (1939). That was to be one of her last films. Miss Oliver was struck ill in August of 1942. Although she seemed to recover briefly, she was re-admitted to Los Angeles's Cedars of Lebanon hospital in October Her dear friend actress Virginia Hammond flew out from New York to stay by her bedside. Edna May Oliver died on her 59th birthday, 9th November 1942. Virginia Hammond was with her and said, "She died without ever being aware of the gravity of her condition. She just went peacefully asleep."


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Родился:
Nov 9, 1883 в Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
38
Впервые появился:
на movie Icebound 1924-03-02
Последний проект:
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» 1953-03-18
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Церемония вручения премии «Оскар»
Poster of Lydia
Poster of Parnell
Poster of Laugh and Get Rich
Фильмография
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино Lydia Sarah MacMillan 1941-01-01
Кино Pride and Prejudice Lady Catherine de Bourgh 1940-07-26
Кино The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Maggie Sutton 1939-03-29
Кино Second Fiddle Aunt Phoebe 1939-06-30
Кино Nurse Edith Cavell Countess de Mavon 1939-08-31
Кино Drums Along the Mohawk Mrs. McKlennar 1939-11-03
Кино Paradise for Three Mrs. Kunkel 1938-06-04
Кино Little Miss Broadway Sarah Wendling 1938-07-29
Кино My Dear Miss Aldrich Mrs. Atherton 1937-05-01
Кино Rosalie Queen of Romanza 1937-12-24
Кино Parnell Aunt Ben 1937-06-04
Кино Romeo and Juliet Nurse to Juliet 1936-09-03
Кино Murder on a Honeymoon Hildegarde Withers 1935-02-22
Кино David Copperfield Aunt Betsey 1935-01-18
Кино No More Ladies Mrs. Fanny 'Grandma' Townsend 1935-06-14
Кино A Tale of Two Cities Miss Pross 1935-12-25
Кино The Last Gentleman Augusta Pritchard, Cabot's sister 1934-04-27
Кино The Poor Rich Harriet Spottiswood 1934-02-25
Кино Murder On The Blackboard Hildegarde Withers 1934-06-14
Кино We're Rich Again Maude Stanley 1934-07-13
Кино The Great Jasper Madame Talma 1933-03-03
Кино Ann Vickers Malvina Wormser 1933-10-05
Кино Meet The Baron Dean Primrose 1933-10-20
Кино Alice in Wonderland Red Queen 1933-12-22
Кино Маленькие женщины Aunt March 1933-11-24
Кино Only Yesterday Leona 1933-11-01
Кино Ladies of the Jury Mrs. Livingston Baldwin Crane 1932-02-05
Кино Hold 'Em Jail Violet Jones 1932-09-16
Кино The Conquerors Matilda Blake 1932-11-18
Кино Penguin Pool Murder Miss Hildegarde Martha Withers 1932-12-09
Кино Cimarron Mrs. Tracy Wyatt 1931-02-09
Кино Cracked Nuts Aunt Minnie Van Varden 1931-04-18
Кино Fanny Foley Herself Fanny Foley 1931-10-09
Кино Laugh and Get Rich Sarah Cranston Austin 1931-04-20
Кино Half Shot at Sunrise Mrs. Marshall 1930-10-04
Кино The Saturday Night Kid Miss Streeter 1929-10-25
Кино Icebound Hannah 1924-03-02