Almira Sessions

Birthday: Sep 16, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
With her scrawny body and puckered-persimmon face, Almira Sessions successfully pursued a six-decade acting career. Born into a socially prominent Washington family, Sessions almost immediately followed her "coming out" as a debutante with her first stage appearance, playing a sultan's wizened, ugly wife in The Sultan of Sulu. She briefly sang comic songs in cabarets before pursuing a New York stage career. In 1940, she traveled to Hollywood to play Cobina of Brenda and Cobina, an uproariously if cruelly caricatured brace of man-hungry spinsters who appeared regularly on Bob Hope's radio show (Elvia Allman was Brenda). Sessions' first film was the 1940 Judy Garland vehicle Little Nellie Kelly. Until her retirement in 1971, she played dozens of housekeepers, gossips, landladies, schoolmarms, maiden aunts, and retirement-home residents. Usually appearing in bits and minor roles, Almira Sessions was always given a few moments to shine onscreen, notably as an outraged in-law in Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947), the flustered high school teacher in the observatory scene in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and the hero's inquisitive neighbor in Willard (1971).

Highest Rated Movies



57% Willard Carrie Smith 1971
86% The Boston Strangler Emma Hodak 1968
99% Rosemary's Baby Mrs. Sabatini 1968
No Score Yet The Last Of The Secret Agents? Actor 1966
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree Woman 1963
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Woman 1961
No Score Yet Loving You Woman 1957
96% Rebel Without a Cause Old Lady Teacher 1955
No Score Yet The Prodigal Old Lady 1955
100% It's Always Fair Weather Lady 1955
No Score Yet Forever Female Mother 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Actor 1953
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Aunt Naomi 1953
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom Passenger on airplane 1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Mrs. Santoro 1951
No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Mrs. Fudge 1951
85% Harvey Mrs. Halsey 1950
No Score Yet Montana Gaunt Woman 1950
No Score Yet Summer Stock Constance Fliggerton 1950
No Score Yet Fancy Pants Belle 1950
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy Cousin Zinny 1949
No Score Yet Night Unto Night Maid 1949
83% The Fountainhead Housekeeper 1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Fan 1949
No Score Yet Ladies of the Chorus Old Maid 1948
No Score Yet Apartment for Peggy Mrs. Landon 1948
60% Good Sam Landlady 1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves Woman in Street 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife First Lady at Michel's 1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way Mrs. Cotton 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Maid 1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Zilda Hatter 1947
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies Actor 1947
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Miss Claybourne 1947
97% Monsieur Verdoux Lena Couvais 1947
93% It's a Wonderful Life Potter's secretary 1946
No Score Yet Night and Day Couple in Hospital Corridor 1946
No Score Yet Fear Mrs. Williams 1946
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid Marianne 1946
No Score Yet The Woman Who Came Back Bessie 1945
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes Miss Downer 1945
80% State Fair Farmer's Wive 1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill Woman 1945
No Score Yet Two O'clock Courage Mrs. Daniels 1945
91% The Southerner Customer at Store 1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Actor 1944
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Hatchet-Faced Woman 1944
No Score Yet Dixie Jamboree Ellabella Jackson 1944
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty Actor 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Justice's Wife 1944
83% Madame Curie Mme. Michaud 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Mrs. Swanson 1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Landlady 1943
No Score Yet The Heat's On Hannah Bainbridge 1943
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen Prospective Tenant 1942
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Mrs. Scallion 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Ursula 1941
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Tessie Conarchy 1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Nurse 1941
25% Blossoms in the Dust Mrs. Brown, With the Vase (uncredited) 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Mrs. Mott 1940


No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Mrs. Fletcher
  • 1968
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Martha Henderson Mrs. Morrell
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Miss Bachrach
  • 1952
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Patient (The House)


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