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Cathleen Nesbitt (1888–1982)

Diminutive, genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter version of Gladys Cooper was needed, yet someone ... See full bio »

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(age 93) in London, England, UK

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 1970-1981 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Emma Sloane / The Countess
- The Perfect House (1981) ... Emma Sloane
- The Style of the Countess (1970) ... The Countess
 1980 Never Never Land
Edith Forbes
 1979 The Old Crowd (TV Movie)
Old Lady
 1978 Night Cries (TV Movie)
Mrs. Delesande
 1977 Julia
Grandmother
 1977 The Haunting of Julia
Heather Rudge
 1977 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Abide with Me (1977)
 1977 Supernatural (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Sybil Manners
- Lady Sybil (1977) ... Lady Sybil Manners
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
 1976 Abide with Me (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hollins
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
Mary Nosworthy
- The Anarchist (1975) ... Mary Nosworthy
 1975 French Connection II
The Old Lady
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Madame Dupin de Francueil
- The Misalliance (1974) ... Madame Dupin de Francueil
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
Lillian Huntsman
- The Woman Behind the Man (1972) ... Lillian Huntsman
 1971 Villain
Mrs. Dakin
 1970 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Mrs. Carmichael
- Dead Fall (1970) ... Mrs. Carmichael
 1969 Staircase
Harry's Mother
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Rebecca
 1967 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Amelia Ferret
- The Blood-Red Night (1967) ... Amelia Ferret
 1966 The Trygon Factor
Livia Embarday
 1963-1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Agatha Morley
- Is He or Isn't He? (1966) ... Agatha Morley
- Anyone for Swindling? (1966) ... Agatha Morley
- Alias Katy Morley (1966) ... Agatha Morley
- Have You Ever Thought of Building (1966) ... Agatha Morley
- The Fall and Rise of Steven Morley (1966) ... Agatha Morley
 1965 Promise Her Anything
Mrs. Brock
 1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Granny
- The American Dream (1965) ... Granny
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
- Go Look at Roses (1963)
 1956-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Twymeley / Cissie Hampshire
- The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1963) ... Mrs. Twymeley
- The Many Ways of Heaven (1963) ... Cissie Hampshire
- Fair Young Ghost (1963)
- A Time to Decide (1960)
- The Reward (1958)
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Charlotte Pope
- The Third Generation (1963) ... Charlotte Pope
 1962 Empire (TV Series)
Hertie Burton
- Pressure Lock (1962) ... Hertie Burton
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Mrs. Carstairs / Angelica
- The Inheritance (1961) ... Mrs. Carstairs
- Flamin' Lady (1961) ... Angelica
 1961 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
- Notorious (1961)
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Constance Meadows
- Sweet Bloom of Death (1961) ... Constance Meadows
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Louisa Humber
- A Million Dollar Property (1961) ... Louisa Humber
 1961 Feathertop (TV Movie)
Madame Eau Charme
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Grandmaman
- Dead on the Field of Honor (1961) ... Grandmaman
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lady Hurf
- Thieves Carnival (1959) ... Lady Hurf
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Granny Mermaid
- The Little Mermaid (1961) ... Granny Mermaid
 1961 Vanity Fair (TV Series)
Miss Crawley
- Part 1 (1961) ... Miss Crawley
 1960 Mrs. Miniver (TV Movie)
Lady Beldon (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Rebecca Pruitt
- The Matthew Lowry Story (1959) ... Rebecca Pruitt
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Old Woman
- Heart of Darkness (1958) ... Old Woman
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Ellen
- Wuthering Heights (1958) ... Ellen
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Mother Hildebrand
- The Velvet Glove (1958) ... Mother Hildebrand
 1955-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Hazel Lockman / Julia Harrington / Veronica Vermilyea / ...
- Bend in the Road (1957) ... Hazel Lockman
- The Playwright and the Stars (1957) ... Julia Harrington
- Split Level (1955) ... Veronica Vermilyea
- Strange Companion (1955) ... Miss Hardwick
- Grandma Roller Her Own (1955) ... Grandma
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Aunty B
- Hand in Glove (1957) ... Aunty B
 1957 Trooper Hook
Señora Sandoval
 1956-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Will to Live (1957)
 1955-1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller Sr. / Angelica / Mother Hallock
- No License to Kill (II) (1956) ... Mrs. Miller Sr.
- Sister (1956) ... Angelica
- Undertow (1955) ... Mother Hallock
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series)
Mrs. Grose
 1954 Désirée
Mme. Bonaparte
 1954 Black Widow
Lucia Colletti
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
Principessa
 1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mother
- The Mother (1954) ... Mother
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
Mrs. Applegate
- The Applegate Case (1954) ... Mrs. Applegate
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Alving
- Ghosts (1951) ... Mrs. Alving
 1950 So Long at the Fair
Madame Hervé
 1949 Madness of the Heart
Mother Superior
 1946 Men of Two Worlds
Mrs. Upjohn
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Egyptian Lady (uncredited)
 1945 The Agitator
Mrs. Montrose
 1943 The Lamp Still Burns
The Matron
 1938 Little Dolly Daydream
Miss Parker
 1938 Pygmalion
Old Lady (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
 1938 The Gay Lord Quex (TV Movie)
 1938 A Dream of Love (Short)
Baroness St. Cricq (uncredited)
 1937 Knights for a Day
Lady Agatha
 1937 Against the Tide
Margaret Leigh
 1936 Hearts of Humanity
Mrs. Bamford
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Mme. Boin
 1936 Well Done, Henry
Mrs. McNab
 1935 The Passing of the Third Floor Back
Mrs. Tomkin (as Catherine Nesbitt)
 1935 Trouble Ahead
Mother
 1930 Canaries Sometimes Sing
Anne Lymes
 1922 Mary Queen of Scots (Short)
Queen Mary
 1919 A Star Over Night (Short)
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Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Lewis Casson, Jack Hawkins, Nicholas Hannen, Jessica Tandy, Fay Compton, Harcourt Williams, Andrew Cruickshank, Alan MacNaughton, Robert Harris, Stephen Haggard, John McCallum, and James Donald in the cast. Lewis ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Cathleen Nesbit | Catherine Nesbitt | Kathleen Nesbitt
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Trivia:

Although only 16 years older than Cary Grant, she played his grandmother in An Affair to Remember (1957). See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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