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Symona Boniface

  • Highest Rated: 100% Joan of Arc (1948)
  • Lowest Rated: 97% Ninotchka (1939)
  • Birthday: Mar 5, 1894
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Her pompous Grande Dame ego constantly deflated by having a pie hurled in her face, brunette American comedy actress Symona Boniface became for the Three Stooges what Margaret Dumont was for the Marx Brothers. Surprisingly, Boniface had been a noted stage actress and playwright before the 1929 stock market crash wiped her out financially. Moving to Hollywood, she toiled in anonymity doing bit parts and extra work until signing a stock contract with Columbia Pictures in 1935. A major addition to the studio's thriving short subject department, Boniface popped up in two-reelers all over the place but is today mostly associated with the Stooges, who regularly flattened her haughty demeanor. The quintessential Boniface characters were the snobbish Mrs. Van Bustle of Crash Goes the Hash (1944) and the conceited dowager Mrs. Smythe-Smythe in 1947's Half-Wits Holiday, the latter featuring her being furiously pelted with pies dropped from the ceiling. A talented but much overlooked part of the Stooges legacy, Symona Boniface died less than three years later at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, but continued, eerily, to figure prominently in Stooges shorts through the middle of the decade due to the generous doses of stock footage added to keep mounting costs down.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Appointment With Danger Woman 1951
No Score Yet Between Midnight and Dawn Woman 1950
No Score Yet Rogues Of Sherwood Forest Charcoal Burner's Wife 1950
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado Matron 1949
100% Joan of Arc Peasant (uncredited) 1948
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem Slave Girl 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Fitter 1944
No Score Yet The Fallen Sparrow Guest 1943
No Score Yet All the World's a Stooge Actor 1941
97% Ninotchka Gossip 1939
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Prof. Clotilde Federa 1936
No Score Yet Murder in the Museum Fortune Teller 1934
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless Arab Woman 1933
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol Ethel 1932

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
Party Guest
  • 1949
  • 1948
  • 1947
  • 1946
  • 1945
  • 1944
  • 1943
  • 1941
  • 1940

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