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Polly Moran (1883–1952)

She was one rowdy, no-holds-barred entertainer. Comedienne Polly Moran was considered second only to perhaps Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest lady during her silent-era heyday. Born in 1883, Polly was made for vaudeville, touring all over the world, notably Europe. Sennett snapped her up in 1915 and she clowned around for him for several ... See full bio »

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Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib Mrs. McGrath
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 1950 The Yellow Cab Man
Bride's Mother
 1949 Adam's Rib
Mrs. McGrath
 1949 Prize Maid (Short)
The Maid
 1939 Ambush
Cora, diner owner
 1938 Red River Range
Mrs. Maxwell
 1938 Ladies in Distress
Lydia Bonney
 1937 Two Wise Maids
Prudence Matthews
 1937 Sailor Maid
 1936 Oh, Duchess! (Short)
Polly Moran, the Duchess
 1934 Down to Their Last Yacht
Nella Fitzgerald
 1934 Hollywood Party
Henrietta Clemp
 1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 (Short)
 1932 Le plombier amoureux
Patricia Alden
 1932 Prosperity
Lizzie Praskins
 1932 The Passionate Plumber
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Polly Moran (uncredited)
 1931 Politics
Ivy Higgins
 1931 It's a Wise Child
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Norma Shearer's Maid
 1931 Reducing
Polly Rochay
 1930 Paid
Polly (uncredited)
 1930 Remote Control
 1930 Crazy House (Short)
 1930 Way for a Sailor
 1930 Those Three French Girls
Elmer's Wife (uncredited)
 1930 Caught Short
Polly Smith
 1930 The Girl Said No
 1930 The Rounder (Short)
 1929 Hot for Paris
 1929 Dangerous Females (Short)
Tibby Cram
 1929 So This Is College
 1929 The Unholy Night
Polly - the Maid
 1929 Speedway
 1929 China Bound
 1928 Honeymoon
 1928 A Lady of Chance
Hotel Maid Who Coughs (uncredited)
 1928 Shadows of the Night
 1928 Show People
The Maid
 1928 Beyond the Sierras
 1928 That Night (Short)
 1928 While the City Sleeps
Mrs. Minnie McGinnis
 1928 Telling the World
 1928 Detectives
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
 1928 The Trail of '98
Lars' Nagging Wife (uncredited)
 1928 Came the Dawn (Short)
Mama Gimplewort
 1928 The Divine Woman
Mme. Pigonier
 1927 Buttons
 1927 The Enemy
 1927 London After Midnight
Miss Smithson, the New Maid
 1927 Smith's Cook (Short)
Polly - the Cook
 1927 The Thirteenth Hour
 1927 The Callahans and the Murphys
Mrs. Murphy
 1927 Are Brunettes Safe? (Short)
Dance partner
 1927 The Show
Sideshow Spectator (uncredited)
 1926 Flesh and the Devil
Family Retainer with Bouquet (uncredited)
 1926 Twinkletoes
Unknown Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1926 The Scarlet Letter
Jeering Townswoman (uncredited)
 1926 The Blackbird
Flower Lady (uncredited)
 1923 Luck
Dumb Dora - Fight Enthusiast
 1922 Look Before You Sleep (Short)
 1922 Oh, You, Sheriff Nell (Short)
Sheriff Nell
 1922 Nell's Busted Romance (Short)
 1921 The Affairs of Anatol
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
 1921 Two Weeks with Pay
 1921 Skirts
 1921 High & Dry (Short)
 1921 The Slicker (Short)
Little Nell - The Country Maid
 1921 A Doggone Mix-Up (Short)
 1920 A Scrambled Romance (Short)
 1920 The Society Bug (Short)
 1920 This Is the Life (Short)
 1920 She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1920 Hold Me Tight (Short)
 1920 Hired and Fired (Short)
 1920 Training for Husbands (Short)
 1920 Sheriff Nell's Comeback (Short)
Sheriff Nell
 1920 The Garage (Short)
Shocked woman (uncredited)
 1919 A Schoolhouse Scandal (Short)
 1919 Wild Waves and Women (Short)
 1918 She Loved Him Plenty (Short)
Rebecca O'Brien - Pawnshop Owner
 1918 Ladies First (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1918 Two Tough Tenderfeet (Short)
Sheriff Nell
 1918 The Battle Royal (Short)
The Friend's Wife
 1918 Saucy Madeline (Short)
The Busiest Man's Butterfly Wife
 1918 Sheriff Nell's Tussle (Short)
Sheriff Nell McCarthy - Still the Pride of Triggerville
 1917 Taming Target Center (Short)
Nell - the New Sheriff
 1917 The Pullman Bride (Short)
Sheriff Nell - the Pullman Drunk's Wife
 1917 Roping Her Romeo (Short)
Sheriff Nell - the Pride of Triggerville
 1917 His Uncle Dudley (Short)
The Wife
 1917 She Needed a Doctor (Short)
The Doctor's Wife
 1917 Cactus Nell (Short)
Cactus Nell - the New Sheriff
 1917 His Naughty Thought (Short)
Polly - Walter's Bride
 1917 Her Fame and Shame (Short)
Audience Spectator (uncredited)
 1916 Vampire Ambrose (Short)
The Adventuress
 1916 Pills of Peril (Short)
Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1916 Madcap Ambrose (Short)
Rosie Bloom
 1916 His Wild Oats (Short)
The Sharpshooter's Wife
 1916 A Bath House Blunder (Short)
Artie's Mother
 1916 An Oily Scoundrel (Short)
The Swindled Real Estate Buyer
 1916 By Stork Delivery (Short)
The Janitor's Wife
 1916 The Village Blacksmith (Short)
The Blacksmith's Sweetheart
 1916 Love Will Conquer (Short)
The Entertainer's Partner
 1916 A Movie Star (Short)
Wife in Audience (uncredited)
 1915 The Hunt (Short)
Blackface Maid
 1915 His Father's Footsteps (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1915 Her Painted Hero (Short)
A Stage-Struck Maiden
 1915 A Favorite Fool (Short)
The Widow Wallop
 1915 Those College Girls (Short)
The Janitor's Wife
 1915 The Beauty Bunglers (Short)
Beauty Parlor Owner's Wife
 1915 Caught in the Act (Short)
The Janitor's Wife
 1915 Ambrose's Little Hatchet (Short)
 1913 When Joe Went West (Short)
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In his autobiography, John Meredyth Lucas remembered attending Pacific Military Academy with Polly Moran's son Jack: "Jack was small, dark with black curly hair. Officially, he was Polly's adopted son although gossip suggested he was her son by a black or Hispanic lover.". See more »

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