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Jessie Royce Landis (1896–1972)


Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham's novel, "Theatre". There she ... See full bio »

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North by Northwest
North by Northwest Clara Thornhill
(1959)
To Catch a Thief
To Catch a Thief Jessie Stevens
(1955)
Airport
Airport Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
(1970)
The Swan
The Swan Princess Beatrix
(1956)

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 1971 Columbo (TV Series)
Mrs. Chadwick
- Lady in Waiting (1971) ... Mrs. Chadwick
 1971 Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (TV Movie)
Grandmother Greher
 1969-1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Margaret Brainard / Victoria Ironside
- Grandmother's House (1971) ... Margaret Brainard
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Queen Mother Alfreda
- The Ceremony of Innocence (1970) ... Queen Mother Alfreda
 1970 Airport
Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Madame Olga Nemirovitch
- The Adriatic Express Affair (1965) ... Madame Olga Nemirovitch
 1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Mrs. Edwina Pierce
- Tell Me in English (1965) ... Mrs. Edwina Pierce
 1963 Gidget Goes to Rome
Albertina Blythe
 1963 Critic's Choice
Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Ethel Williams
 1962 Bon Voyage!
Countessa 'La Comtesse' DuFresne
 1961 Goodbye Again
Mrs. Van der Besh
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Madame Vachet
- A Touch of Genius (1961) ... Madame Vachet
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Mrs. Kilburn
- The Mark of the Hand (1960) ... Mrs. Kilburn
 1954-1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Johanna Wagner
- Counterfeit (1955)
- Late Date (1954) ... Johanna Wagner
- Papa Is All (1954)
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Claire Crane
- Mother, May I Go Out to Swim? (1960) ... Claire Crane
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1959 A Private's Affair
Elizabeth T. Chapman
 1959 North by Northwest
Clara Thornhill
 1958 I Married a Woman
Mrs. Blake - Janice's Mother
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Angelica Bullock
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
Mrs. Madeline Shaeffer
 1953-1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Career Girl (1956)
- Hollywood Tandem (1953)
 1956 The Swan
Princess Beatrix
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Olivia Chesney
- An Episode of Sparrows (1956) ... Olivia Chesney
 1955 To Catch a Thief
Jessie Stevens
 1953-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Fatal Trap (1955)
- The Last Tour (1953)
- Pilgrimage (1953)
 1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Account Rendered (1954)
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Jessie Royce Landis - First Nighter (uncredited)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- Comeback (1953)
 1952 Tonight at 8:30
Olive Lloyd Ransome: Ways and Means
 1952 Larger Than Life (TV Movie)
Julia Lambert
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Millicent Jordan
- Dinner at Eight (1951) ... Millicent Jordan
 1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
Mrs. Wright
 1949 My Foolish Heart
Martha Winters
 1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
 1949 It Happens Every Spring
Mrs. Greenleaf
 1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
Mrs. Chase
 1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Bessie
- Mirage in Manhattan (1948) ... Bessie
 1930 Derelict
Helen Lorber
 1930 At Your Service (Short)
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Stage: Appeared in Vivian Ellis' musical "And So To Bed," at the Strand Theatre in London, England, with Leslie Henson, Betty Paul, Denis Quilley, Stella Chapman, Dilys Lay and Keith Michell in the cast. Wendy Toye was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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She often stole the show with her blue-bloods and usually played older than she was. She appeared as Cary Grant's mother in North by Northwest (1959), despite the fact she was only seven years older than Grant. She also played Grace Kelly's mother in The Swan (1956). See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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