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Josephine Hull (1877–1957)

Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College, much to the dismay of her parents and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the stage for three years and never re-married, but resumed... See full bio »

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 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- The Meanest Man in the World (1955) ... Widow
 1951-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mom Baker / Grandma / Mrs. Bartholomew
- The Wednesday Wish (1953) ... Mom Baker
- Grandma Was an Actress (1951) ... Grandma
- The Purple Doorknob (1951) ... Mrs. Bartholomew
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
Mrs. Hawkins
- Flight Thirteen (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Clean Sweep for Lavinia (1952) ... Lavinia
 1951 The Lady from Texas
Miss Birdie Wheeler
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1932 Careless Lady
Aunt Cora
 1932 After Tomorrow
Mrs. Piper
 1929 The Bishop's Candlesticks (Short)
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 1955 I've Got a Secret (TV Series)
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- Episode dated 2 March 1955 (1955) ... Guest Panelist
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 1997 Frank Capra's American Dream (TV Movie documentary)
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (uncredited)

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Stage Play: The Law and the Man. Written by Wilton Lackaye, Jr. Based on "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo. Directed by Wilton Lackaye Jr. Manhattan Theatre: 20 Dec 1906- Feb 1907 (closing date unknown/54 performances). Cast: John Beck, Claudia Carson, Joseph Chaillee, Fred Esmelton, Louise Everts, Thomas F. Fallon, Arthur Foster, Gretchen ... See more »

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5' 2¼" (1.58 m)

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Is one of 25 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Harvey (1950). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class... See more »

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