Maide Norman

Maide Norman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Executive Suite (1954)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% Airport '77 (1977)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • At the risk of incurring groans for a clumsy pun, we must note that African-American actress Maidie Norman has been consigned to numerous "maid-y" parts in her long screen career. Most of Maidie's film assignments have been as domestics of some sort or other, which was unfortunately to be expected in the white-bread '50s; a handful of the actress' role were, however, wholly worthy of her talents. Her first film was The Burning Cross (1948), a sincere if low-budget attack on the KKK in which she played the wife of that ubiquitous black character actor Joel Fluellen. Maidie followed this with The Well (1951), another of a brief cycle of '50s films to explore black-white relationships. But once such films were labelled as "leftist" by the Communist hunters of the era, Maidie found herself accepting more and more roles where she played subserviently to white stars. Busy in both films and TV into the '70s, Maidie surprisingly continued to play maids even as Hollywood became more sensitive towards stereotyping; as Olivia De Havilland's faithful servant in Airport '77, she endured a Hattie McDaniel-like scene in which she died in her employer's arms. Maidie's best screen appearance, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), was as yet another domestic. Playing the no-nonsense housekeeper of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Maidie discovers Davis' potentially homicidal intentions for Joan, whereupon she defiantly announces her plans to go to the police. Since this happens at the film's halfway point, just guess how the homicidal Davis "serves notice" to the hapless Maidie Norman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

42% Halloween III: Season of the Witch Nurse Agnes 1982
No Score Yet Movie Movie Gussie 1978
38% Airport '77 Dorothy 1977
No Score Yet Big Mo Mrs. Stokes 1973
No Score Yet Dream for Christmas Jennie 1973
No Score Yet The Final Comedown Mrs. Johnson 1972
No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole Nurse "Fergy" Ferguson 1972
92% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Elvira Stitt 1962
81% Written on the Wind Bertha 1957
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Camilla 1954
50% Susan Slept Here Georgette 1954
100% Executive Suite Wailing Housekeeper 1954
No Score Yet Forever Female Emma 1954
No Score Yet Money from Home Mattie 1953
No Score Yet Torch Song Anne 1953
No Score Yet The Well Mrs. Crawford 1951

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Mrs. Henry
  • 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Edna
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Rachel
  • 1975
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Willie
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Shaw's Mother Natalie Masterson
  • 1970
  • 1967
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Maid
  • 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Eloise
  • 1960

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