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Mary Forbes

Highest Rated: 100% Jane Eyre (1944)

Lowest Rated: 58% Cavalcade (1933)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

Born on New Year's Day in 1883 (some sources say 1880), British actress Mary Forbes was well into her stage career when she appeared in her first film, 1916's Ultus and the Secret of the Night. By the time she made her first Hollywood film in 1919, the thirtysomething Forbes was already matronly enough for mother and grande-dame roles. Her most prolific movie years were 1931 through 1941, during which time she appeared in two Oscar-winning films. In Cavalcade (1933), she had the small role of the Duchess of Churt, while in You Can't Take It With You (1938) she was assigned the more substantial (and funnier) part of James Stewart's society dowager mother. Mary Forbes continued in films on a sporadic basis into the '40s, making her screen farewell in another Jimmy Stewart picture, You Gotta Stay Happy (1948).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Young Lady Chatterley Lady Frances Chatterley 1977
64% Houseboat British Society Woman 1958
No Score Yet Les Miserables Nun 1952
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Aunt Martha 1948
No Score Yet It Had to Be You Mrs. Kimberly 1947
No Score Yet The Exile 2nd Court Lady 1947
No Score Yet Song of Love Woman at Party 1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Mrs. Pierce 1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth Dowager 1947
No Score Yet Ivy Lady Crail 1947
No Score Yet The Other Love Mme. Gruen 1947
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Woman Art Patron 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Garden Party Guest 1946
75% Terror by Night Lady Margaret Carstairs 1946
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Cousin 1945
92% The Picture of Dorian Gray Lady Agatha 1945
100% Jane Eyre Mrs. Eshton 1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade Jo's Mother 1943
No Score Yet What a Woman! Night Maid 1943
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy Lady Thomas 1943
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes Mrs. Fleming 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington Alfred Pettibone's Mother 1943
100% Mr. Lucky Dowager 1943
No Score Yet Women in Bondage Gladys Bracken 1943
No Score Yet This Above All Vicar's Wife 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Mrs. Sandys 1942
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth Mrs. Ralston 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Mother at Party 1941
83% All This, and Heaven Too Lady 1940
No Score Yet South of Suez Mrs. Putnam 1940
97% Ninotchka Lady Lavenham 1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Mrs. Gaynes 1939
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939 Lady Hilda 1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man Mrs. Bel-Goodie 1939
No Score Yet Fast and Loose Mrs. Torrent 1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Lady Conyngham 1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls Mrs. Van Reichton 1939
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy Mrs. Hansen 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Mrs. Anthony Kirby 1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris Woman in Opera Box 1938
No Score Yet Everybody Sing Miss Colvin 1938
93% The Awful Truth Mrs. Vance 1937
95% Stage Door Cast of Play 1937
86% 100 Men and a Girl Theater Patron 1937
No Score Yet Another Dawn Mrs. Benton 1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie Mrs. MacMonachie 1937
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild Mrs. Wyatt 1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Mrs. Hyde 1936
100% Captain Blood Mrs. Steed 1935
No Score Yet Stranded Grace Dean 1935
91% Les Miserables Mme. Baptiseme 1935
86% Roberta Mrs. Teal 1935
100% Anna Karenina Princess Sorokino 1935
No Score Yet We Live Again Mrs. Kortchagin 1934
No Score Yet A Lost Lady Mrs. Hardy 1934
No Score Yet British Agent Lady Treherne 1934
No Score Yet Blind Date (Her Sacrifice) Mrs. Hartwell 1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee Mrs. Alderson 1934
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Admirers at Club 1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Mrs. Drake 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Mrs. Travis 1934
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) Mrs. Middleton 1933
58% Cavalcade Duchess of Churt 1933
93% A Farewell to Arms Miss Van Campen 1932
No Score Yet Vanity Fair Mrs. Sedley 1932
No Score Yet Working Girls Actor 1931
90% Abraham Lincoln Woman 1930
No Score Yet Holiday Mrs. Pritchard Ames 1930
No Score Yet So This Is London Lady Worthing 1930
No Score Yet Sunny Mrs. Cromwell 1930
No Score Yet The Trespasser Mrs. Ferguson 1929
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair Lady Crosby 1929
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up Mrs. Cromwell 1929


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mrs. Winthrop 1955


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