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Laura Hope Crewes



The daughter of an actress and a backstage carpenter, Laura Hope Crews entered the theatre in 1883 at the tender age of four. She left the stage to complete her education, then returned to play ingenue roles. A firmly entrenched character actress by the '20s, Laura fought hard to retain her place in the spotlight, and brooked no nonsense from anyone who didn't take the theatre seriously; at one point, she called for the dismissal of a frivolous newcomer named Bette Davis (Ironically, Crews' last movie role--which had to be cut because the film was running overtime--was in The Man Who Came to Dinner [1941], which top-billed Bette Davis). Laura arrived in Hollywood in 1929, not as an actress, but as a vocal coach for untrained silent-film stars. Easing into films in maternal roles, Crews scored a personal success as the selfish mother in The Silver Cord (1933). The comparative subtlety of her performance in this film is in direct contrast to her outrageously overplayed roles in such pictures as Camille (1936) and The Blue Bird (1940). But Laura Hope Crews was merely giving her fans, and her indulgent directors, what they expected when she commenced to chew the scenery while playing one of her many society matrons, gossips or hypochondriacs.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Mrs. Gibbons
1942
100% One Foot in Heaven
  • Mrs. Thurston
1941
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans
  • Auntie
1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair
  • Mrs. Dudley
1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird
  • Mrs. Luxury
1940
94% Gone With the Wind
  • Aunt Pittypat Hamilton
1939
No Score Yet The Rains Came
  • Lily Hoggett-Egbury
1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Carlotta Salvini
1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight
  • Mme. Zuleika
1939
No Score Yet Reno
  • Mrs. Gardner
1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory
  • Mrs. Kent
1938
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Flora's Mother
1938
No Score Yet Angel
  • Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna
1937
No Score Yet The Road Back
  • Ernst's Aunt
1937
91% Camille
  • Prudence
1936
No Score Yet The Age of Innocence
  • Mrs. Welland
1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice
  • Aunt Jane Madison
1934
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart
  • Grandma
1933
No Score Yet Female
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Rafter Romance
  • Elise Peabody Whittington Smythe
1933
No Score Yet I Loved You Wednesday
  • "Doc Mary" Hanson
1933
No Score Yet Blind Adventure
  • Lady Rockingham
1933
No Score Yet New Morals for Old
  • Mrs. Thomas
1932
No Score Yet The Trespasser
  • Screenwriter
1929

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