Jane Darwell

Jane Darwell

  • Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% The White Parade (1934)
  • Birthday: Invalid date
  • Birthplace: Palmyra, Missouri, USA
  • American actress Jane Darwell was the daughter of a Missouri railroad executive. Despite her father's disapproval, she spent most of her youth acting in circuses, opera troupes and stock companies, making her film debut in 1912. Even in her early thirties, Darwell specialized in formidable "grande dame" roles, usually society matrons or strict maiden aunts. Making an easy transition to talking pictures, Darwell worked primarily in small character parts (notably as governesses and housekeepers in the films of Shirley Temple) until 1939, when her role as the James Brothers' mother in Jesse James began a new career direction--now she was most often cast as indomitable frontierswomen, unbending in the face of hardship and adversity. It was this quality that led Darwell to be cast in her favorite role as Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), for which she won an Oscar. Darwell continued to work until illness crept upon her in the late 1950s. Even so, Darwell managed to essay a handful of memorable parts on TV and in movies into the 1960s; her last film role was as the "Bird Woman" in Disney's Mary Poppins (1964).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Mary Poppins Bird Woman 1964
92% The Last Hurrah Delia Boylan 1958
No Score Yet There's Always Tomorrow Mrs. Rogers 1956
No Score Yet Girls in Prison Matron Jamieson 1956
67% Hit the Deck Jenny 1955
80% The Bigamist Mrs. Connelly 1953
No Score Yet Affair With a Stranger Ma Stanton 1953
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright Mrs. Amora Ratchitt 1953
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Mrs. Spatch 1953
No Score Yet We're Not Married Mrs. Bush 1952
No Score Yet Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile) Mrs. Belden 1951
No Score Yet Three Husbands Mrs. Wurdeman 1951
100% 14 Hours Actor 1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Nellie Thursday 1951
100% Wagon Master Sister Ledeyard 1950
No Score Yet Caged Isolation Matron 1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Mrs. Murphy 1950
82% Three Godfathers Miss Florie 1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion Mrs. Curtis 1947
100% My Darling Clementine Kate 1946
No Score Yet I Live in Grosvenor Square (A Yank in London) Mrs. Patterson 1945
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier Mrs. Dobson 1944
No Score Yet The Impatient Years Minister's Wife 1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade Mrs. Henderson 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Ma Grier 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet It Happened in Flatbush Mrs. Maguire 1942
No Score Yet On the Sunny Side Annie 1942
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway Actor 1942
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Mrs. Clemm 1942
100% All Through the Night Ma Donahue 1941
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster Ma Stone 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Mrs. Bettina Huguenine 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Eliza Kent 1940
92% Gone With the Wind Dolly Merriwether 1939
No Score Yet The Rains Came Aunt Phoebe Smiley 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Actor 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Mrs. Samuels 1939
No Score Yet Zero Hour Sophie 1939
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Miss Hutchins 1938
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Mrs. Killian 1938
No Score Yet Love Is News Mrs. Flaherty 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Ma Marine 1937
100% Craig's Wife Mrs. Harold 1936
86% Captain January Eliza Croft 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Woodward 1936
No Score Yet White Fang Maud Mahoney 1936
No Score Yet Private Number Mrs. Meecham 1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Mrs. Graham 1936
No Score Yet Ramona Aunt Ri Hyar 1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human Mrs. Walsh 1935
No Score Yet Paddy O'Day Dora 1935
No Score Yet Metropolitan Actor 1935
No Score Yet Life Begins at 40 Ida Harris 1935
No Score Yet Curly Top Mrs. Denham 1935
80% Bright Eyes Mrs. Higgins 1934
50% The White Parade Miss "Sailor" Roberts 1934
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream Woman 1934
71% One Night of Love Mary's Mother 1934
87% The Scarlet Empress Mlle. Cardell 1934
No Score Yet Million Dollar Ransom Ma 1934
No Score Yet Blind Date (Her Sacrifice) Ma Taylor 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Mrs. McGowan 1934
No Score Yet Finishing School Maud 1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning The Wife 1934
No Score Yet Fashions of 1934 Dowager 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Baroness 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Mrs. Davis, the Landlady 1934
No Score Yet The Firebird Actor 1934
71% Design for Living Housekeeper 1933
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Mrs. Lane 1933
No Score Yet Ann Vickers Mrs. Gates 1933
No Score Yet Before Dawn Mrs. Marble 1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Actor 1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call Miss Brown, Head Nurse 1933
No Score Yet Aggie Appleby Actor 1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals Beauty Salon Manager 1933
60% Murders in the Zoo Actor 1933
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Mrs. Lind 1933
No Score Yet Back Street Mrs. Schmidt 1932
No Score Yet Hot Saturday Mrs. Brock 1932
No Score Yet Washington Merry-Go-Round Actor 1932
No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Mrs. Turner 1931
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Pioneer Woman 1931
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Widow Douglass 1930
No Score Yet Hypocrites Madam 1915

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Mrs. Knowles
  • 1958

QUOTES FROM Jane Darwell CHARACTERS

Ma Joad
Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.