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Mae Marsh



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."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Donovan's Reef
  • Family council member
1963
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Hanna Clay
1961
100% Sergeant Rutledge
  • Nellie
1960
30% From the Terrace
  • Governess
1960
No Score Yet Cry Terror!
  • Woman in Elevator
1958
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Nurse Crumley
1957
No Score Yet Julie
  • Hysterical Passenger
1956
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
96% 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
89% 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
No Score Yet Impact
  • Mrs. Peters
1949
100% 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
95% 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 The Fighting Sullivans
  • Woman
1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling
  • Emma
1944
80% 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 Remember the Day
  • Teacher
1941
No Score Yet Great Guns
  • Aunt Martha
1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr
  • Preacher's Wife
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Miners' Wife
1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road
  • Woman
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
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Pioneer Woman
1939
No Score Yet Black Fury
  • Mary Novak
1935
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now?
  • His Wife
1934
No Score Yet 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
100% 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

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