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      Marjorie Main

      Marjorie Main

      Highest Rated: 100% Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Johnny Come Lately (1943)

      Birthday: Feb 24, 1890

      Birthplace: Acton, Indiana, USA

      Raspy-voiced actress Marjorie Main found the bulk of her success at an age when most actresses witness their careers waning--most memorably as the comedic hillbilly Ma Kettle. Born Mary Tomlinson, Main changed her name to protect her family from embarrassment as she embarked upon the vaudeville circuits, performing her way to Broadway by 1916. She made her film debut in 1931, but made her real mark a few years later, taking her stage character to the big screen in "Dead End," as the mother of gangster Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart). Her distinct voice contributed to Main's being typecast as tough, abrasive women like the ranch manager in George Cukor's "The Women." But Main would soon gain fame as a comedic actress starring in a series of films beginning with "Barnacle Bill," as the sparring love interest to Wallace Beery. Yet her most defining character would come as the hilarious hick Ma Kettle opposite Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle, beginning in "The Egg and I." The duo would pair up for eight more films in the popular Kettle series, with two final pictures without Kilbride. Such significant success may come as a surprise, given Main's intense fear of germs--an aversion that frequently drove her to wear long gloves and surgical masks.

      Highest rated movies

      Summer Stock poster
      Summer Stock
      The Harvey Girls poster
      The Harvey Girls
      Meet Me in St. Louis poster
      Meet Me in St. Louis
      A Woman's Face poster
      A Woman's Face
      Dark Command poster
      Dark Command
      Three Comrades poster
      Three Comrades
      The Women poster
      The Women
      Dead End poster
      Dead End

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The World of Abbott and Costello Widow Hawkins (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 71% The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm Ma Kettle (Character) - 1957
      89% 82% Friendly Persuasion The Widow Hudspeth (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 67% The Kettles in the Ozarks Ma Kettle (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 48% Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Ma Kettle (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 70% Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle (Character) - 1954
      50% 77% The Long, Long Trailer Mrs. Hittaway (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% Rose Marie Lady Jane Dunstock (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ricochet Romance Pansy Jones (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 68% Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Ma Kettle (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Company Ma Parkson (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 32% The Belle of New York Mrs. Phineas Hill (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 73% Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Ma Kettle (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and the Lady Julia Wortin (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 18% Mr. Imperium Mrs. Cabot (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 64% Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Ma Kettle (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 64% Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle (Character) - 1950
      100% 83% Summer Stock Esme (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Harriet "Hattie" O'Malley (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Jack Flapjack Kate (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 72% Ma and Pa Kettle Phoebe "Ma" Kettle (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 50% Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle Ma Kettle (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Maribel Mathews (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 78% The Egg and I Phoebe `'Ma'` Kettle (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 52% The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Widow Hawkins (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 53% Undercurrent Lucy (Character) - 1946
      100% 82% The Harvey Girls Sonora Cassidy (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 33% Bad Bascomb Abbey Hanks (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 17% The Show-Off Mrs. Fisher (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 67% Murder, He Says Mamie Fleagle Smithers Johnson (Character) - 1945
      100% 87% Meet Me in St. Louis Katie (the maid) (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rationing Iris Tuttle (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Annie Annie Goss (Character) - 1944
      43% 54% Johnny Come Lately "Gashouse" Mary (Character) - 1943
      88% 75% Heaven Can Wait Mrs. Strable (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Mrs. McKissick (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tish Miss Letitia "Tish" Carberry (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Mrs. Maude Fisher (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jackass Mail Clementine "Tina" Tucker (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 62% We Were Dancing Judge Sidney Hawkes (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bugle Sounds Susie "Suz" (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnacle Bill Marge Cavendish (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 69% Honky Tonk Mrs. Varner (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 64% The Shepherd of the Hills Granny Becky (Character) - 1941
      100% 83% A Woman's Face Emma Kristiansdotter (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of Mary Dugan Mrs. Collins (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Man of Borneo Irma (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 24% I Take This Woman Gertie (Character) - 1940
      100% 71% Dark Command Mrs. Cantrelldams (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 26% Susan and God Mary Maloney (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Man of Wyoming Mehitabel (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Captain Is a Lady Sarah May Willett (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wyoming Mehitabel (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Mrs. Miller (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Angels Wash Their Faces Mrs. Arkelian (Character) - 1939
      86% 85% Another Thin Man Mrs. Dolley (Character) - 1939
      94% 88% The Women Lucy (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Thoroughbreds Hildegarde 'Hildy' Carey (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls' School Miss Honore Armstrong (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance of the Limberlost Nora (Character) - 1938
      100% 65% Three Comrades Old Woman by Phone (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Big Top Sara Post (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 57% Little Tough Guy Mrs. Boylan (Character) - 1938
      75% 69% Test Pilot Landlady (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wrong Road Martha Foster (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boy of the Streets Mrs. Mary Brennan (Character) - 1937
      91% 77% Dead End Mrs. Martin (Character) - 1937
      90% 83% Stella Dallas Mrs. Martin (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow Hannah Gillespie (Character) - 1937

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958