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Marjorie Main Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Acton, Indiana, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameMary Tomlinson
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided (1931). She repeated her stage role in Dead End (1937) as Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart)'s mother, which led to a number of slum mother parts. She played very strong role of Lucy, the dude ranch operator in The Women (1939). She achieved popularity as a comedienne in six 1940s movies made with Wallace Beery e.g., Barnacle Bill (1941). The character which would dominate her remaining career was established when she played Ma Kettle in The Egg and I (1947), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. She began her co-starring series with Percy Kilbride the following year in Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948) and continued through seven more. Her last movie was a "Kettle" without Kilbride: The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Stanley LeFevre Krebs (2 December 1921 - 26 September 1935) (his death)

Trivia (10)

She attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana.
Had been known to wear white gloves and a surgical mask for fear of germ contamination.
Long-time companion of actress Spring Byington.
There were a total of 10 movies in which Main played the character of Ma Kettle. She also co-starred with Kettle co-star Percy Kilbride in Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948) though it isn't a Kettle film.
Her husband Stanley died in 1935, but until her death, she often had "conversations" with her late husband, occasionally interrupting a scene in a movie. She would then let the director know it was okay to continue the scene, which she did as if nothing happened.
Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
Her husband, Stanley Lefevre Krebs, was born February 14, 1864 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
Main's career was highlighted in "The Slapstick Queens" by James Robert Parish, published by A. S. Barnes in 1973.
Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
Marjorie Main was never under contract to Universal Pictures when she appeared in the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series of films. She was on loan to Universal by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Personal Quotes (1)

Most of the time I played mothers. That's acting!

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