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Nora Dunfee (1915–1994)

Dialect coach and actress on Broadway and in film, best known for her performance as the Elderly Southern Lady on the bench with Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994), Dunfee began her professional career at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 1939 where she was discovered by Sinclair Lewis, author of the American classic "Main Street," and cast in his ... See full bio »

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 1994 Trading Mom (dialects)
 1992 O Pioneers! (TV Movie) (dialect consultant)
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow... (dialect coach)
 1988 A World Apart (dialect director)
 1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow (dialect coach)
 1987 Shy People (dialogue coach)
 1986 No Mercy (dialect coach)
 1986 Crimes of the Heart (dialogue consultant)
 1985 Sweet Dreams (dialogue accent coach)
 1985 Witness (dialect consultant: Amish)
 1984 Mrs. Soffel (dialect consultant)
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 1995 The Grass Harp
Mrs. Peters
 1994 Forrest Gump
Elderly Southern Woman
 1992 Lorenzo's Oil
Murphy Family
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
- The Narrow Corner (1951) ... Pat
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 1992 Lorenzo's Oil (vocal consultant: Susan Sarandon)

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Nora Dunfee's many Broadway credits include "Paul Robeson" with James Earl Jones, "Irene" with Debbie Reynolds, "Two Gentlemen of Verona" with Raul Julia, and "Of Love Remembered" with Ingrid Thulin.

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On the last day of shooting of The Grass Harp (1995) before a Christmas hiatus, actor and photographer Roddy McDowall took a number of still pictures of Nora Dunfee on the set of the wedding scene. At the request of her daughter K.C. Ligon, McDowall generously contributed a large print of one of his photographs of Dunfee in her costume for her role as Mrs. Peters (which he signed in silver ink), ... See more »

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