Hope Emerson

Hope Emerson

Highest Rated: 100% Adam's Rib (1949)

Lowest Rated: 63% Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

Birthday: Oct 29, 1897

Birthplace: Not Available

When the call went out for an actress to play a circus strongwoman capable of lifting both a chair and Spencer Tracy in 1949's Adam's Rib, there was but one performer who could logically fit the bill: character actress Hope Emerson, who scraped the ceiling at 6' 2" and weighed in at 230 pounds. Emerson made her Broadway debut as the leader of the Amazons in Lysistrata. Her performance in the Fred Stone musical Smiling Faces led to her screen bow in the 1932 filmization of that property. During the 1940s, Emerson gained fame as the radio voice of Borden's Elsie the Cow. After years in vaudeville and the legitimate stage, Emerson returned to films as a homicidal masseuse in the New York-filmed Cry of the City (1948). She went on to play the feuding Mrs. Hatfield in Goldwyn's Roseanna McCoy (1948), and the implicitly lesbian prison matron in Caged (1950), an assignment which earned her an Oscar nomination. In 1958, Emerson was cast as Mother, owner of the nightclub where the beauteous Lola Albright was featured songstress, on the popular TV private eye series Peter Gunn. She left this series in 1959 to take a larger role as a housekeeper named "Sarge" on the weekly sitcom The Dennis O'Keefe Show. Shortly after filming the last O'Keefe episode, Hope Emerson died of a liver ailment at the reported age of 51.

Highest Rated Movies



63% Rock-a-Bye Baby Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Guns of Fort Petticoat Hannah Lacey 1957
No Score Yet All Mine to Give Mrs. Pubmeister 1956
No Score Yet Untamed Maria De Groot 1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Duchess of Castelbello 1954
No Score Yet Westward the Women Patience Hawley 1951
No Score Yet Double Crossbones Mistress Ann Bonney 1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Ma Tarbet 1950
No Score Yet Caged Evelyn Harper 1950
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark Mrs. Schlaghammer 1949
100% Adam's Rib Olympia La Pere 1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy Levisa Hatfield 1949
71% House of Strangers Helena Domenico 1949
100% Thieves' Highway Midgren 1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Mrs. Riley 1948
92% Cry of the City Rose Given 1948


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