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Mary Forbes



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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
91% 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 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 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
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
91% 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
91% The Awful Truth
  • Mrs. Vance
1937
95% Stage Door
  • Cast of Play
1937
83% 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
100% Les Miserables
  • Mme. Baptiseme
1935
83% Roberta
  • Mrs. Teal
1935
100% Anna Karenina
  • Princess Sorokino
1935
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Mrs. Kortchagin
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
89% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
  • Mrs. Middleton
1933
59% Cavalcade
  • Duchess of Churt
1933
92% A Farewell to Arms
  • Miss Van Campen
1932
No Score Yet Vanity Fair
  • Mrs. Sedley
1932
100% 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

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