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Judith Anderson

Highest Rated:   100% Pursued (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Impure Thoughts
  • Narrator
1986
79% 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
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Big Mama Pollitt
1958
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Memnet
1956
No Score Yet Salome
  • Queen Herodias
1953
No Score Yet The Furies
  • Flo Burnett
1950
No Score Yet Tycoon
  • Miss Braithwaite
1947
100% Pursued
  • Mrs. Callum
1947
80% The Red House
  • Ellen Morgan
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
No Score Yet Blood Money
  • Ruby Darling
1933

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