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Martita Hunt (1899–1969)


Popular British character actress known for her rich cluster of queens, dowagers, shrews and evildoers, Martita Hunt was born on a ranch in Argentina to British parents, but moved with her family to England at age 10 for her formal education. On stage at age 21 with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre, she grew in stature as a dramatic actress with the... See full bio »

Died:

(age 70) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Becket
Becket Empress Matilda
(1964)
Great Expectations
Great Expectations Miss Havisham
(1946)
The Brides of Dracula
The Brides of Dracula Baroness Meinster
(1960)
Anastasia
Anastasia Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
(1956)

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 1969 The Best House in London
Headmistress
 1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Anna Richter (Story Teller)
 1961 I Like Money
Baroness
 1960 Song Without End
Grand Duchess
 1960 The Brides of Dracula
Baroness Meinster
 1960 Bottoms Up
Lady Gore-Willoughby
 1959 La prima notte
Lisa Bradwell
 1958 Me and the Colonel
Mother Superior
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse
Philippe's Mother
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Lady Lydia Fell
 1957 Les espions
Connie Harper
 1956 Three Men in a Boat
Mrs. Willis
 1956 Anastasia
Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
 1956 The March Hare
Lady Anne
 1955 King's Rhapsody
Queen Mother
 1953 Melba
Mme. Marchesi
 1952 It Started in Paradise
Mme. Alice
 1952 Treasure Hunt
Aunt Anna Rose
 1948 My Sister and I
Mrs. Camelot
 1948 So Evil My Love
Mrs. Courtney
 1947 The Little Ballerina
Miss Crichton
 1944 Welcome, Mr. Washington
Miss Finch
 1943 The Man in Grey
Miss Patchett
 1942 Talk About Jacqueline
Colonel's Wife (uncredited)
 1942 The Great Mr. Handel
Chorister (uncredited)
 1942 Sabotage at Sea
Daphne Faber
 1942 Lady from Lisbon
Susan Wellington-Smythe
 1942 Wings and the Woman
Miss Bland
 1942 The Seventh Survivor
Mrs. Lindley
 1941 The Strangler
Ma
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Mme. Mirelle
 1941 A Voice in the Night
Frau Lehmann the Concierge
 1940 The Good Old Days
Sara Macaulay
 1940 House of Mystery
Helen Vaquier
 1939 Old Mother Riley Joins Up
Commandant
 1939 Young Man's Fancy
Duchess of Beaumont
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
British Tourist on Bicycle (uncredited)
 1939 A Girl Must Live
Mme. Dupont, assistant
 1939 The Nursemaid Who Disappeared
Lady Alice Ballister
 1939 Trouble Brewing
Madame Berdi
 1938 Prison Without Bars
Mme. Appel
 1938 Strange Boarders
Miss Pitter
 1938 Second Best Bed
Mrs. Mather
 1937 Gaiety Girls
Mme. Bernard (uncredited)
 1937 Troopship
Adela Swayle
 1936 The Mill on the Floss
Mrs. Glegg
 1936 Sabotage
Miss Chatham - The Professor's Daughter (uncredited)
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Lady with lorgnettes (uncredited)
 1936 The Interrupted Honeymoon
Nora Briggs
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
Jane's Mother
 1936 Pot Luck
Mrs. Cream
 1936 When Knights Were Bold
Aunt Esther
 1935 King of the Damned
Woman on Plane (uncredited)
 1935 First a Girl
Seraphina
 1935 Man of the Moment
Roulette Player
 1935 Mr. What's-His-Name?
Mrs. Davies
 1934 Too Many Millions
Mrs. Pilcher
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Agnes Lightfoot
 1933 I Was a Spy
Aunt Lucille
 1932 Love on Wheels
Piano Demonstrator
 1932 Reserved for Ladies
Aline - Countess Ricardi's Maid (uncredited)
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She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Brember Wills, Gyles Isham, and Donald Wolfit in the cast. Harcourt Williams was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Trivia:

In 1933, she was employed by a young Alec Guinness as an acting coach. After 12 lessons she told him, "You'll never make an actor, Mr Guinness", although the two remained friends. Guinness persevered and made his professional stage debut the following year, and in 1946, his film debut as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), in which he co-starred with none other than Martita Hunt. See more »

Trademark:

Dowager-like features and a stately toned speaking voice

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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