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Almira Sessions



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Willard
  • Carrie Smith
1971
92% 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
84% 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
No Score Yet Good Sam
  • Landlady
1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • Woman in Street
1948
82% The Bishop's Wife
  • First Lady at Michel's
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Mrs. Cotton
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
94% 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 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
94% 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

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