Madge Kennedy

Highest Rated: 100% Lust for Life (1956)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Catered Affair (1956)
Birthday: Apr 19, 1891
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Madge Kennedy was already an established Broadway star when she was brought to Hollywood by producer Sam Goldwyn in 1917. Seeking "respectability" (the theatre was considered more respectable than movies), Goldwyn used his formidable lineup of stage-trained leading ladies, including Madge Kennedy and Maxine Elliot, to advertise his entire years' manifest of films. Ms. Kennedy had done mostly comedy on stage, but in films alternated her humorous characterizations with deeply dramatic or tragic roles. She left Hollywood briefly in 1923 to star with W.C. Fields in the Broadway musical Poppy, and three years later retired from films permanently (or so she thought). Busy with several non-acting activities in the '30s and '40s, Madge was coaxed back before the cameras to play an understanding divorce judge in George Cukor's The Marrying Kind (1952). This inaugurated a second career in character parts, some billed (Lust for Life [1955]), some unbilled (North by Northwest [1959]). Kennedy also worked on television, notably in the recurring character of Aunt Martha on Leave It to Beaver. Madge dabbled in theatrical work in the '60s, supporting Ruth Gordon in the Broadway play A Very Rich Woman, and received positive critical attention for her small part as Mrs. Leyden in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (contrary to popular belief, she was given screen credit for that part). Madge Kennedy's last film, twelve years before her death at 96, was Day of the Locust (1975), appropriately set in Hollywood's Golden Age.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
81% Marathon Man Lady in Bank 1976
64% The Day of the Locust Mrs. Johnson 1975
No Score Yet The Baby Maker Tish's Grandmother 1970
81% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Mrs. Layden 1969
69% Let's Make Love Miss Manners 1960
99% North by Northwest Housewife 1959
64% Houseboat Mrs. Farnsworth 1958
17% The Catered Affair Mrs. Halloran 1956
100% Lust for Life Anna Cornelia Van Gogh 1956
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur Mrs. Smiley 1955
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Mrs. Cope in Fantasy Sequence 1953
67% The Marrying Kind Judge Carroll 1952

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Mimi
  • 1972
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Colonist
  • 1963
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Martha Aunt Martha Aunt Martha Bronson
  • 1963
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Dorothy Laura Mrs. Clark Mrs. Hughes Mrs. Baldwin
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1956

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