Judith Anderson

Highest Rated: 100% The Furies (1950)
Birthday: Feb 10, 1897
Birthplace: Not Available
Australian-born Dame Judith Anderson (she was knighted in 1960) was for nearly 70 years one of the foremost Shakespearian actresses of the stage, playing everything from Lady MacBeth to Portia to Hamlet (yes, Hamlet). In films, she was Cruella DeVil--over and over again. Perhaps this is an oversimplification, but it is true that movies seldom took full advantage of Anderson's versatility and rich speaking voice, opting instead to confine her to unsympathetic roles on the basis of her hard, cruel facial features. She made her first film appearance as an incongrously sexy temptress in 1933's Blood Money; seven years later, she essayed her most famous screen role, the obsessed housekeeper Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca (1940). For the rest of her career, she was apparently regarded by Hollywood as an alternate for Gale Sondergaard in roles calling for refined truculence. She played the New York society dragon who "keeps" weak-willed Vincent Price in Laura (1944), the sinister wife of tormented farmer Edward G. Robinson in The Red House (1948), the imperious Queen Herodias in Salome (1953) and the wicked stepmother of Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella (1960). Some of Judith Anderson's later film roles allowed her a modicum of audience empathy, notably the aged Sioux Indian matriarch in A Man Called Horse (1970) and the High Priestess of the Vulcans in Star Trek IV: The Search for Spock (1984).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Impure Thoughts Narrator 1986
80% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock High Priestess of Vulcans 1984
No Score Yet Inn of the Damned Caroline Straulle 1975
No Score Yet The Borrowers Great Aunt Sophy 1973
86% A Man Called Horse Buffalo Cow Head 1970
No Score Yet Cinderfella Wicked Stepmother 1960
No Score Yet Medea Actor 1959
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama Pollitt 1958
97% The Ten Commandments Memnet 1956
No Score Yet Salome Queen Herodias 1953
100% The Furies Flo Burnett 1950
No Score Yet Tycoon Miss Braithwaite 1947
80% The Red House Ellen Morgan 1947
100% Pursued Mrs. Callum 1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Mrs. Ivers 1946
No Score Yet Specter of the Rose La Belle Sylph 1946
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid Madame Lanlaire 1946
100% And Then There Were None Emily Brent 1945
100% Laura Mrs. Ann Treadwell 1944
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness Gerd 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
100% Kings Row Mrs. Harriet Gordon 1942
100% All Through the Night Madame 1941
100% Rebecca Mrs. Danvers 1940
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Actor 1939
No Score Yet Blood Money Ruby Darling 1933