Edith Atwater

Edith Atwater

Highest Rated: 98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Lowest Rated: 17% It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1911

Birthplace: Not Available

American actress Edith Atwater gained Broadway fame in 1939 as the original Maggie Cutler in Kaufman and Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner. This role was played in the film version of Dinner by Bette Davis; it was Edith Atwater's fate (not unusual among theatrical performers) to be ideal for leading roles on stage, but to be consigned to supporting roles in films. The actress began her stage career at age 15; she made her first film, We Went to College, in 1935. Her best known film appearance was producer Val Lewton's The Body Snatcher (1945), as the mother of a crippled child. Fans of the 1970s TV series The Hardy Boys will remember Ms. Atwater as the Hardy brothers' Aunt Gertrude. Edith Atwater was married to actor Kent Smith, whom she outlived by only one year.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Linda's Mother 1978
92% Family Plot Mrs. Clay 1976
No Score Yet Our Time Mrs. Pendleton 1974
No Score Yet Die Sister, Die! Amanda Price 1974
No Score Yet Stand up and Be Counted Sophie 1972
No Score Yet The Love Machine Mary 1971
No Score Yet Pieces of Dreams Mrs. Lind 1970
88% True Grit Mrs. Floyd 1969
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows Mrs. Stevens 1965
88% Strait-Jacket Mrs. Fields 1964
17% It Happened at the World's Fair Miss Steuben 1963
98% Sweet Smell of Success Mary 1957
No Score Yet Teresa Mrs. Lawrence 1951
No Score Yet C-Man Lydia Brundage 1949
83% The Body Snatcher Meg Camden 1945
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Lady Vaughn 1936
No Score Yet His Brother's Wife Mary 1936


No Score Yet Family Ties
Aunt Trudy 1985
No Score Yet Kaz
Illsa Fogel 1979
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Kate Banning 1975
No Score Yet Bonanza
Roberta 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
Miss Bryan 1969
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Mrs. Benner 1965


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