Mae Marsh

Mae Marsh

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Tall Men (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% From the Terrace (1960)
  • Birthday: Nov 9, 1894
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Mae Marsh was the daughter of an auditor for the Santa Fe railroad - and as such, she and her family moved around quite a bit during Marsh's childhood. After her father died and her stepfather was killed in the San Francisco earthquake, she was taken to Los Angeles by her great aunt, a one-time chorus girl who'd become a New York actress. Marsh followed her aunt's footsteps by securing film work with Mack Sennett and D.W. Griffith; it was Griffith, the foremost film director of the early silent period, who first spotted potential in young Miss Marsh. The actress got her first big break appearing as a stone-age maiden in Man's Genesis (1911), after Mary Pickford refused to play the part because it called for bare legs. Specializing in dramatic and tragic roles, Marsh appeared in innumerable Griffith-directed short films, reaching a career high point as the Little Sister in the director's Civil War epic, The Birth of A Nation (1915). She made such an impression in this demanding role that famed American poet Vachel Lindsay was moved to write a long, elaborate poem in the actress' honor. Marsh's career went on a downhill slide in the '20s due to poor management and second-rate films, but she managed to score a personal triumph as the long-suffering heroine of the 1931 talkie tear-jerker Over the Hill. She retired to married life, returning sporadically to films - out of boredom - as a bit actress, notably in the big-budget westerns of director John Ford (a longtime Marsh fan). When asked in the '60s why she didn't lobby for larger roles, Mae Marsh replied simply that "I didn't care to get up every morning at five o'clock to be at the studio by seven."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

55% Donovan's Reef Family council member 1963
80% Two Rode Together Hanna Clay 1961
86% Sergeant Rutledge Nellie 1960
33% From the Terrace Governess 1960
No Score Yet Cry Terror! Woman in Elevator 1958
40% The Wings of Eagles Nurse Crumley 1957
No Score Yet Julie Hysterical Passenger 1956
98% The Searchers Woman at fort 1956
No Score Yet Girls in Prison Grandma 1956
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Woman in Bank 1955
100% The Tall Men Emigrant 1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players Witch in Macbeth 1955
89% While the City Sleeps Mrs. Manners 1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Landlady 1955
97% A Star Is Born Party Guest 1954
33% The Robe Woman 1953
No Score Yet A Blueprint for Murder Anna 1953
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright G.A.R. Lady at Ball 1953
91% Titanic Woman 1953
90% The Quiet Man Father Paul's Mother 1952
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker Bit 1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven Maid 1950
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian Sister Hattie 1949
60% Impact Mrs. Peters 1949
83% It Happens Every Spring Maid 1949
82% Three Godfathers Mrs. Perley Sweet 1948
100% The Snake Pit Tommy's mother 1948
No Score Yet Apartment for Peggy Woman 1948
No Score Yet Deep Waters Molly Thatcher 1948
100% Fort Apache Mrs. Martha Gates 1948
No Score Yet The Late George Apley Maid 1947
100% My Darling Clementine Woman 1946
90% Leave Her to Heaven Fisherwoman 1945
No Score Yet The Dolly Sisters Flower Lady 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Tynmore sister 1945
100% Jane Eyre Leah 1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Emma 1944
100% The Fighting Sullivans Woman 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Woman 1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Molly 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Mrs. Purdy 1942
No Score Yet Blue, White and Perfect Mrs. Toby 1942
No Score Yet Quiet Please: Murder Miss Hartwig 1942
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Mrs. Phillips 1942
No Score Yet Remember the Day Teacher 1941
No Score Yet Great Guns Aunt Martha 1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr Preacher's Wife 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Woman 1941
91% How Green Was My Valley Miners' Wife 1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water Mrs. McCord 1941
No Score Yet Young People Maria Liggett 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Floyd's Wife 1940
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Pioneer Woman 1939
No Score Yet Black Fury Mary Novak 1935
No Score Yet Bachelor of Arts Mrs. Barth 1935
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now? His Wife 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland Sheep 1933
No Score Yet Over the Hill Ma Shelby 1931
No Score Yet The Rat (The Rat of Paris) Odile Etrange 1925
No Score Yet Daddies Ruth Atkins 1924
97% Intolerance Girl 1916
No Score Yet Hoodoo Ann Hoodoo Ann 1916
98% The Birth of a Nation Flora Cameron 1915
No Score Yet The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' Maid at the Garden Party 1914
No Score Yet Judith of Bethulia Naomi 1914
No Score Yet Home Sweet Home Apple Pie Mary 1914
No Score Yet The Mother and the Law The Little Dear One 1914

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Mary
  • 1959

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