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Kathleen Howard



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad
  • Mrs. Bolton
1950
91% 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
25% 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 Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Leona Wolfinger
1935
100% It's a Gift
  • Amelia Bissonette
1934
83% Death Takes a Holiday
  • Princess Maria
1934
No Score Yet You're Telling Me
  • Mrs. Murchison
1934

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