Una O'Connor

Una O'Connor

Highest Rated: 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Lowest Rated: 58% Cavalcade (1933)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

With the body of a scarecrow, the contemptuous stare of a house detective, and the voice of an air-raid siren, Irish-born Una O'Connor was one of filmdom's most unforgettable character actresses. Beginning her career with Dublin's Abbey Players and extending her activities to the London's West End and Broadway, O'Connor was cast as the socially conscious housekeeper in Noel Coward's 1932 London production Cavalcade; it was this role which brought her to Hollywood in 1933. She rapidly became a favorite of two prominent directors, James Whale and John Ford, neither of whom were inclined to ask her to tone down her film performances. For Whale, O'Connor screeched her way through two major 1930s horror films, The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935); for Ford, O'Connor played the grieving mother of martyred IRA activist Wallace Ford in The Informer (1935) and Mrs. Grogan in The Plough and the Stars (1936). For those detractors who believe that O'Connor never gave a subtle, controlled performance in her life, refer to Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946), wherein Ms. O'Connor spoke not a single word as the glowering mother of upper-class twit Richard Haydn. Fourteen years after portraying Charles Laughton's overprotective mother in This Land Is Mine (1943), Una O'Connor once more appeared opposite Laughton in 1957's Witness for the Prosecution, playing a hard-of-hearing housekeeper; it was her last screen performance.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Witness for the Prosecution Janet 1957
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan Duenna 1948
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne Miss O'Rourke 1948
No Score Yet Ivy Mrs. Thrawn 1947
No Score Yet Lost Honeymoon Mrs. Tubbs 1947
No Score Yet Unexpected Guest Matilda Hackett 1947
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Mrs. Foreman 1946
93% Cluny Brown Mrs. Wilson 1946
89% The Bells of St. Mary's Mrs. Breen 1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut Norah 1945
86% The Canterville Ghost Mrs. Umney 1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Mrs. Leek 1943
71% This Land Is Mine Mrs. Emma Lory 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Mrs. Ismay 1943
89% Random Harvest Tobacconist 1942
No Score Yet Always in My Heart Angie 1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Maggie O'Callahan 1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Ellie 1941
91% How Green Was My Valley Actor 1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde Mrs. Mulcahey 1941
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast Doreta 1940
100% The Sea Hawk Miss Latham 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Marie 1940
No Score Yet It All Came True Maggie Ryan 1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone Susan 1939
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Bess 1938
No Score Yet Call It a Day Charwoman 1937
No Score Yet Personal Property Clara, Crystal's Maid 1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars Maggie Cogan 1936
No Score Yet Suzy Mrs. Bradley the Landlady 1936
88% Little Lord Fauntleroy Mary 1936
83% Rose Marie Anna 1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London Widow Blake 1936
93% The Informer Mrs. McPhillip 1935
100% The Bride of Frankenstein Minnie 1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger) Mrs. Gummidge 1935
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Wilson 1934
No Score Yet Chained Amy 1934
No Score Yet Stingaree Annie 1934
No Score Yet All Men Are Enemies Annie 1934
100% The Invisible Man Mrs. Jenny Hall 1933
58% Cavalcade Ellen Bridges 1933
88% Murder! Mrs. Grogram 1930


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