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Alison Skipworth (1863–1952)

Born in London on July 25, 1863. Originally a Broadway actress with extensive experience portraying grand dames. Skipworth shifted to Hollywood as character actress of the 30's, specializing in playing aristocratic types. She is better remembered, however, in association with her antagonist in three screen comedies - none other than W.C. Fields. See full bio »

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The Devil Is a Woman
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Dangerous Mrs. Williams
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 1938 Ladies in Distress
Josephine Bonney
 1938 Wide Open Faces
Auntie Martha
 1938 King of the Newsboys
 1937 Two Wise Maids
Agatha Stanton / Old Lady Ironsides
 1937 Stolen Holiday
 1936 White Hunter
Aunt Frederika
 1936 Two in a Crowd
Lillie Eckleberger aka Lillie the Toad
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Mrs. Beall
 1936 The Princess Comes Across
Lady Gertrude
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Mrs. Amelia Blake
 1935 Dangerous
Mrs. Williams
 1935 Shanghai
Aunt Jane
 1935 Doubting Thomas
Mrs. Pampinelli
 1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue
Mrs. Martin
 1935 The Devil Is a Woman
Senora Perez
 1935 The Casino Murder Case
Priscilla Kinkaid Llewellyn
 1934 Here Is My Heart
Countess Rostova
 1934 The Captain Hates the Sea
Mrs. Yolanda Magruder
 1934 The Notorious Sophie Lang
Aunt Nellie
 1934 Shoot the Works
The Countess
 1934 Wharf Angel
Mother Bright
 1934 Coming-Out Party
Miss Gertrude Vanderdoe
 1933 Tillie and Gus
Tillie Winterbottom
 1933 Midnight Club
Lady Barrett-Smythe
 1933 A Lady's Profession
Beulah Bonnell
 1933 He Learned About Women
Mme. Vivienne Pompadour
 1933 Tonight Is Ours
Grand Duchess Emilie
 1932 If I Had a Million
Emily La Rue
 1932 Madame Racketeer
Countess von Claudwig / Martha Hicks
 1932 Sinners in the Sun
Mrs. Blake
 1932 High Pressure
Mrs. Miller (uncredited)
 1932 The Unexpected Father
Mrs. Hawkins
 1931 Tonight or Never
Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni
 1931 The Road to Singapore
Mrs. Wey-Smith
 1931 Devotion
Mrs. Coggins
 1931 Night Angel
Countess von Martini
 1931 The Virtuous Husband
Mrs. Olwell
 1930 Oh, for a Man!
 1930 Du Barry, Woman of Passion
La Gourdan
 1930 Outward Bound
Mrs. Cliveden-Banks (as Allison Skipworth)
 1921 Handcuffs or Kisses
Miss Strodd
 1920 39 East
Mrs. de Mailly
 1912 A Political Kidnapping (Short)
 1912 Into the Jungle (Short)
 1912 The Pilgrimage (Short)
William's Mother
 1912 A Mardi Gras Mix-Up (Short)
The Doctor's Wife
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Stage Play: A Primer for Lovers. Written by William J. Hurlburt. Directed by William P. Adams. Longacre Theatre: 18 Nov 1929- Dec 1929 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: Gwendolyn De Lany (as "Katie"), Joseph Greene (as "Walters"), Rose Hobart, Charles Laite, Ann Mason, Dorothy Mortimer, Gavin Muir (as "Ned Jacques"), Alison ... See more »

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Allison Skipworth


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.



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