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Madge Kennedy

Highest Rated:   100% North by Northwest (1959)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Catered Affair (1956)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% 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
84% They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Mrs. Layden
1969
67% Let's Make Love
  • Miss Manners
1960
100% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Colonist
  • 1963

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