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Edith Atwater



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues
  • Linda's Mother
1978
95% Family Plot
  • Mrs. Clay
1976
No Score Yet Our Time
  • Mrs. Pendleton
1974
No Score Yet Die Sister, Die!
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Love Machine
  • Mary
1971
90% True Grit
  • Mrs. Floyd
1969
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows
  • Mrs. Stevens
1965
80% 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
81% The Body Snatcher
  • Meg Camden
1945
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Lady Vaughn
1936
No Score Yet His Brother's Wife
  • Mary
1936

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