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May Robson (1858–1942)


Born Mary Jeanette Robison. She was the youngest daughter of Henry Robison of Penrith, Cumberland, England and Julia Schelesinger of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Her father died in 1860 and her mother remarried. In 1866/67 they were living in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and moved back to London, England in 1871. She ran away from ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Known For

Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby Aunt Elizabeth
(1938)
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born Grandmother Lettie Blodgett
(1937)
Lady for a Day
Lady for a Day Apple Annie
(1933)

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 1941 Playmates
Grandma Kyser
 1941 Million Dollar Baby
Cornelia Wheelwright
 1940 Texas Rangers Ride Again
Cecilia Dangerfield
 1940 Irene
Granny O'Dare
 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell
Mme. Rappard
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Penny, the Housekeeper
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Margaret 'Maggie' / 'Ma' Manell
 1939 Yes, My Darling Daughter
'Granny' Whitman
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Grandma
 1938 The Texans
Granna
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Aunt Elizabeth
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Mrs. Leona Wicks
 1937 Woman in Distress
Phoebe Tuttle
 1936 Rainbow on the River
Mrs. Harriet Ainsworth
 1935 Three Kids and a Queen
Mary Jane 'Queenie' Baxter
 1935 Age of Indiscretion
Emma Shaw
 1935 Strangers All
Anna Carter
 1935 Reckless
Granny
 1934 Mills of the Gods
Mary Hastings
 1934 Lady by Choice
Patricia Patterson
 1934 Straight Is the Way
Mrs. Horowitz
 1934 You Can't Buy Everything
Mrs. Hannah Bell
 1933 Dancing Lady
Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
 1933 The Solitaire Man
Mrs. Vail
 1933 Beauty for Sale
Mrs. Merrick
 1933 Broadway to Hollywood
Veteran Actress
 1933 One Man's Journey
Sarah
 1933 The White Sister
Mother Superior
 1932 If I Had a Million
Mrs. Mary Walker
 1932 Little Orphan Annie
Mrs. Stewart
 1932 Red Headed Woman
Aunt Jane
 1932 Letty Lynton
Mrs. Lynton, Letty's Mothers
 1931 Mother's Millions
Harriet Breen
 1927 Turkish Delight
Tsakran
 1927 A Harp in Hock
Mrs. Banks
 1927 The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary
Aunt Mary Watkins
 1927 The King of Kings
Mother of Gestas
 1927 Rubber Tires
Mrs. Stack
 1926 Pals in Paradise
Esther Lezinsky
 1916 A Night Out
Granmum
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeard in "The Fatal Card" on Broadway. Melodrama. Written by C. Haddon Chambers and B.C. Stephenson. Palmer's Theatre: 31 Dec 1894-Mar 1895 (closing date unknown/unknown performances). Cast: Amy Busby (as "Margaret Marrable"), E.J. Ratcliffe (as "Gerald Austen"), R.A. Roberts (as "Harry Burgess"). Note: Filmed as The Fatal ... See more »

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Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"Both professions are so irregular that each always would feel sorry for the other, and then there would be perfect harmony." [1935, explaining her advice that actresses should marry doctors]

Trivia:

Although she was a prolific actress who appeared in many major movies and was once nominated for an Oscar, she does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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