Kathleen Howard

Kathleen Howard

  • Highest Rated: 100% Laura (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
  • Birthday: Jul 27, 1884
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Described by film historian William K. Everson as "that supercilious martyr" (he was of course referring to her on-screen personality), Canadian character actress Kathleen Howard usually comported herself before the cameras in a most operatic fashion. And who with better right? Howard was a Metropolitan opera star from 1916 through 1928, turning to film acting only after her voice broke. She was also an accomplished writer, serving on the executive staff of Harper's Bazaar. She made her first movie appearance, appropriately cast as an Italian grande dame, in Death Takes a Holiday (1934). Generations of W.C. Fields fans have doted upon Howard's full-blooded portrayals of Fields' virago wife in It's a Gift (1934) and The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935). Toning down her screen mannerisms a bit, Kathleen Howard spent her last decade in films in such supporting roles as the melancholy schoolmistress in Deanna Durbin's First Love (1939) and the wry lady judge in One Night in the Tropics (1940).

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No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Mrs. Bolton 1950
92% Cry of the City Mrs. Fruett's Mother 1948
No Score Yet Cynthia Mac McQuillan, Jannings' Nurse 1947
No Score Yet The Late George Apley Margaret 1947
No Score Yet Mysterious Intruder Rose Denning 1946
No Score Yet Eadie Was a Lady Aunt Priscilla Alden 1945
100% Laura Louise 1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive Miss Bromley 1943
No Score Yet Take a Letter, Darling (Green-Eyed Woman) Aunt Minnie 1942
100% You Were Never Lovelier Grandmother Acuna 1942
No Score Yet Sweetheart of the Campus Mrs. Minnie Sparr 1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Jawme 1941
100% Ball of Fire Miss Bragg 1941
33% Blossoms in the Dust Mrs. Keats 1941
No Score Yet Uncle Joe Actor 1941
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics Judge McCracken 1940
No Score Yet Young People Hester Appleby 1940
No Score Yet First Love Miss Wiggins 1939
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Aunt Jonnie 1938
No Score Yet Stolen Holiday Madame Delphine 1937
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze Leona Wolfinger 1935
100% It's a Gift Amelia Bissonette 1934
88% Death Takes a Holiday Princess Maria 1934
No Score Yet You're Telling Me Mrs. Murchison 1934


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