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Mildred Natwick



Fresh out of Bryn Mawr college, American actress Mildred Natwick started the road to stage success in amateur shows in her native Baltimore. By 1932 Natwick was on Broadway in Carrie Nation; establishing what would become her standard operating procedure, the actress played a character much older than herself. In 1940, Natwick was introduced to movie audiences as the cockney "lady of the evening" in John Ford's The Long Voyage Home (1940) -- the first of several assignments for Ford, which included Three Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1948) and The Quiet Man (1952). Seldom starring in a film role, Natwick nonetheless made the most of what she was given, as in her one-scene part as an advocate of birth control who inadvertently pitches her program to the parents of 12 children in Cheaper By the Dozen (1950). And it was Natwick who, as skulking sorceress Grizelda in Danny Kaye's The Court Jester (1956), inaugurates the side-splitting "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle" routine. A frequent visitor to TV, Natwick briefly settled down on the tube in the mystery series "The Snoop Sisters," which costarred Helen Hayes. In films until 1988, Natwick was honored with a long-overdue Oscar nomination for her work as Jane Fonda's martyr mama in 1967's Barefoot in the Park.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Mrs. Mebane
2003
93% Dangerous Liaisons
  • Madame De Rosemonde
1988
No Score Yet Kiss Me Goodbye
  • Mrs. Reilly
1982
17% At Long Last Love
  • Mabel
1975
100% Daisy Miller
  • Mrs. Costello
1974
No Score Yet The House Without a Christmas Tree
  • Grandmother
1972
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy
  • Molly Fletcher
1969
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Jenny Grant
1969
87% Barefoot in the Park
  • Ethel Banks
1967
No Score Yet Tammy and the Bachelor
  • Aunt Renie
1957
No Score Yet Teenage Rebel
  • Grace Hewitt
1956
96% The Court Jester
  • Griselda
1956
90% The Trouble with Harry
  • Miss Ivy Gravely
1955
No Score Yet Against All Flags
  • Molvina MacGregor
1952
90% The Quiet Man
  • Mrs. Tillane
1952
94% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Mrs. Abby Allshard
1949
82% Three Godfathers
  • The Mother
1948
No Score Yet The Kissing Bandit
  • Isabella
1948
No Score Yet A Woman's Vengeance
  • Nurse Braddock
1948
No Score Yet The Late George Apley
  • Amelia Newcombe
1947
80% Yolanda and the Thief
  • Aunt Amarilla
1945
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Freda
1940
83% The Enchanted Cottage
  • Abigail Minnett
1924

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