Jessie Royce Landis

Jessie Royce Landis

Highest Rated: 99% North by Northwest (1959)

Lowest Rated: 73% Airport (1970)

Birthday: Nov 25, 1896

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham's novel, "Theatre". There she received an award for the best performance of the year. The following year in London she had the prima donna role (a singing part) in "And So To Bed". In 1954, she published her autobiography, "You Won't Be So Pretty". Then in the mid-1950s her film career took off after she was Grace Kelly's mother in To Catch a Thief (1955) and Cary Grant's mother in North by Northwest (1959). Although she claimed to have been born the same year as Grant, she was actually more than seven years older. She died Feb. 2nd, 1972

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ceremony of Innocence Actor 2002
No Score Yet Columbo: Lady in Waiting Actor 1971
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones Actor 1971
73% Airport Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman 1970
No Score Yet Gidget Goes to Rome Aunt Albertina 1963
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Charlotte Orr 1963
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out Ethel Williams 1962
No Score Yet Bon Voyage! Countessa DeFresne 1962
No Score Yet Goodbye Again Mrs. Van Der Besh 1961
99% North by Northwest Clara Thornhill 1959
No Score Yet A Private's Affair Elizabeth T. Chapman 1959
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Mrs. Blake 1958
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Actor 1958
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey Angelica Bullock 1957
No Score Yet The Girl He Left Behind Madeline Sheaffer 1956
No Score Yet The Swan Princess Beatrix 1956
96% To Catch a Thief Jessie Stevens 1955
No Score Yet Meet Me Tonight (Tonight at 8:30) Actor 1952
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart Martha Winters 1949
83% It Happens Every Spring Mrs. Greenleaf 1949


No Score Yet Columbo
No Score Yet Ironside
Margaret Brainard Victoria Ironside 1971
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Mme. Nemirovitch 1965
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Claire 1960


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