Eugénie Besserer

Eugénie Besserer

  • Highest Rated: 92% Flesh and the Devil (1926)
  • Lowest Rated: 67% Thunderbolt (1929)
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  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Aged character actress Eugenie Besserer portrayed Al Jolson's mother with such quiet self-assurance in The Jazz Singer (1927) that many viewers have assumed she really was of Russian-Jewish descent. In truth, Ms. Besserer was born in France and educated in Canada. She began her stage career in the late 1880s, making her film debut in 1911's The Profligate. Most of her movie appearances were in roles requiring matriarchal self-sacrifice; she worked extensively with D. W. Griffith, whose fidelity to the concept of Mother Love was one of his trademarks. When cast in the pioneering part-talkie The Jazz Singer, Besserer assumed her role would be silent, but in the celebrated Vitaphone "Blue Skies" sequence, Jolson's incessant adlibbing all but forced the actress to speak up -- and in so doing, she became the second actor ever to be heard in a major-studio talking picture. Eugenie Besserer remained in films until a few months before her death; her last appearance was in the outdoor western To the Last Man (1933).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Speedway Mrs. MacDonald 2001
No Score Yet To the Last Man Granny Spelvin 1933
No Score Yet Little Orphan Annie Actor 1932
No Score Yet Seven Faces Mme. Vallon 1929
No Score Yet Absinthe Rose 1929
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey Nun 1929
67% Thunderbolt Mrs. Morgan 1929
No Score Yet Mister Antonio Mrs. Jorny 1929
No Score Yet A Lady of Chance Mrs. Crandall 1928
No Score Yet Lilac Time (Love Never Dies) Madame Berthelot 1928
74% The Jazz Singer Sara Rabinowitz 1927
No Score Yet When A Man Loves Actor 1927
92% Flesh and the Devil Leo's mother 1926
No Score Yet Fire Brigade Mrs.O'Neil 1926
No Score Yet Anna Christie Marthy 1923
No Score Yet Penrod Actor 1922
No Score Yet What Happened to Rosa? Mme O'Donnelly 1921
No Score Yet For the Soul of Rafael Actor 1920
No Score Yet The Greatest Question Mrs. Hilton 1919
No Score Yet The Eyes of Julia Deep Mrs. Lowe 1918
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo Actor 1912
No Score Yet The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Aunt Em 1910

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