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Date of Birth 12 December 1879San Francisco, California, USA
Date of Death 13 November 1942New York City, New York, USA  (kidney failure)
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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Laura Hope Crews was born on December 12, 1879 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is known for her work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Camille (1936) and Angel (1937). She died on November 13, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA.

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Perhaps best remembered as Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Interred at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California, USA.
Despite her film resume, Laura Hope Crews considered herself a theatrical actress, appearing on Broadway from 1903 in over 40 major productions, literally until the day she died. She was cast in the smash hit "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Fulton Theatre in the role of "Abby Brewster" in June, 1942. After her death that November 13th she was replaced by Patricia Collinge.
Portrayed by Audra Lindley in The Silent Lovers (1980).
Her father, a carpenter, was also a member of the California Stock Company. Laura appeared on stage between the age of four and seven, then took time out for schooling, and returned playing ingenue roles from the age of 19. She was a leading lady in New York in the early 1900s, then gradually drifted to playing eccentric character parts. Best as Mrs. Phelps in both stage and screen versions of 'The Silver Chord'.
Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
After the advent of the talkies, she was one of the many Broadway stars who became voice coaches for silent film stars. She was hired first by Norma Talmadge, followed by Constance Bennett, Ann Harding, Gloria Swanson and Helen Twelvetrees.
1939 was Miss Crews' busiest year in movies, with seven films to her credit, including "Idiot's Delight," "The Rains Came," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and most memorably of all, "Gone with the Wind".
Made her first appearance on the London Stage in 1909, in the play "The Great Divide.".
Unmarried. Survived by a sister, Mrs. Gene Hughes, and two brothers, William L. and Sherold D. Crews, all of San Rafael, California.
Aunt of actor Earle Larimore.

Salary (1)

Ever in My Heart (1933) $1,750

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