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Edna May Oliver (1883–1942)

She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. Miss Oliver took an early interest in the stage, and she would quit school at the age of 14 to pursue her ... See full bio »

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 1941 Lydia
Sarah MacMillan
 1939 Second Fiddle
Aunt Phoebe
 1938 Little Miss Broadway
Sarah Wendling (as Edna Mae Oliver)
 1938 Paradise for Three
Mrs. Kunkel
 1937 Rosalie
 1937 Parnell
Aunt Ben
 1935 No More Ladies
 1934 We're Rich Again
Maude Stanley
 1934 The Last Gentleman
Augusta Pritchard, Cabot's sister
 1934 The Poor Rich
Harriet Spottiswood
 1933 Only Yesterday
Leona (as Edna Mae Oliver)
 1933 Meet the Baron
Dean Primrose
 1933 Ann Vickers
Malvina Wormser
 1933 It's Great to Be Alive
Dr. Prodwell
 1933 The Great Jasper
Madame Talma
 1932 The Conquerors
Matilda Blake
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail
 1931 Fanny Foley Herself
Fanny Foley
 1931 Newly Rich
Bessie Tate
 1931 Cracked Nuts
Aunt Minnie Van Varden
 1931 Laugh and Get Rich
Sarah Austin
 1931 Cimarron
Mrs. Tracy Wyatt
 1930 Half Shot at Sunrise
Mrs. Marshall
 1929 The Saturday Night Kid
Miss Streeter
 1926 Let's Get Married
J.W. Smith
 1926 The American Venus
Mrs. Niles
 1925 Lovers in Quarantine
Amelia Pincent
 1925 The Lucky Devil
Mrs. McDee
 1924 Manhattan
Mrs. Trapes
 1924 Icebound
 1924 Restless Wives
Benson's Secretary
 1923 Wife in Name Only
Mrs. Dornham
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Wait 'Til We're Married. Comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Portrayals | 6 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edna Mae Oliver


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

Oh yes, I'm grateful in a way for this face, now that I've gotten used to it. I know it's brought me this success. I know it's given me the chance to make and save enough money so I won't spend the end of my days in an old ladies' home somewhere. But all the same I'm a woman, and what woman doesn't long to be beautiful? See more »


She was a direct descendant of John Quincey Adams. See more »

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