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Ethel Griffies



The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. Griffies was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in Havoc (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at filmmaking in 1917, she made her movie bow in 1930, repeating her stage role in Old English (1930). Habitually cast as a crotchety old lady with the proverbial golden heart, she alternated between bits and prominently featured roles for the next 35 years. Her larger parts included Grace Poole in both the 1935 and 1944 versions of Jane Eyre, and the vituperous matron who accuses Tippi Hedren of being a harbinger of doom in Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). Every so often, she'd take a sabbatical from film work to concentrate on the stage; she made her last Broadway appearance in 1967, at which time she was England's oldest working actress. Presumably at the invitation of fellow Briton Arthur Treacher, Ethel Griffies was a frequent guest on TV's Merv Griffin Show in the late 1960s, never failing to bring down the house with her wickedly witty comments on her 80 years in show business.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The House of Rothschild
  • Woman Guest
2000
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town
  • Mrs. Spencer
1965
96% The Birds
  • Mrs. Bundy
1963
100% Billy Liar
  • Florence
1963
No Score Yet Devotion
  • Aunt Branwell
1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk
  • Mme. Clarissa Van Steed
1946
No Score Yet The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?)
  • Mrs. Nelson
1945
No Score Yet Molly and Me
  • Mrs. Lamb
1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance
  • Mrs. Fenway
1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight
  • Lady Stover
1945
No Score Yet Music for Millions
  • Mrs. McGuff
1944
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Mrs. Glennie
1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Woman on Train
1944
100% Jane Eyre
  • Grace Poole
1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Lady Vale
1943
No Score Yet First Comes Courage
  • Nurse
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Wife
1943
No Score Yet Time to Kill
  • Mrs. Murdock
1942
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert
  • Mme. Saturnia
1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
  • Matron
1942
No Score Yet Remember the Day
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Great Guns
  • Aunt Agatha
1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid
  • Mrs. Hanky
1941
No Score Yet Dead Men Tell
  • Patience Nodbury
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Mrs. Nicholas
1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF
  • Mrs. Fitzhugh
1941
83% Stranger on the Third Floor
  • Mrs. Kane
1940
No Score Yet Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Hester Pringle
1940
80% Waterloo Bridge
  • Mrs. Clark
1940
No Score Yet Irene
  • Princess Minetti
1940
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night
  • Matron East
1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone
  • Mrs. Raymond
1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Voice Teacher
1939
No Score Yet Crackerjack
  • Annie
1938
No Score Yet The Return of Peter Grimm
  • Mrs. Batholomew
1935
77% Werewolf of London
  • Mrs. Whack
1935
100% Anna Karenina
  • Mme. Karatasoff
1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Miss Twinkleton
1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil
  • Lady Coldchester
1934
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Aunt Maria
1934
No Score Yet Jane Eyre
  • Grace
1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee
  • Woman in Subway
1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People
  • Mrs. Ainger's mother
1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer)
  • Martha Alden
1933
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Governess
1933
No Score Yet White Woman
  • Mrs. Chisholm
1933
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Aunt
1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening?
  • Mrs. Peters
1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden
  • Nurse Lovett
1932
No Score Yet Waterloo Bridge
  • Mrs. Hoble
1931
No Score Yet The Millionaire
  • Mrs. Andrews (uncredited)
1931

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