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Lucile Watson (1879–1962)

Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help anyone who gathered up the courage to take them on. A ... See full bio »

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Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge Lady Margaret Cronin
Made for Each Other
Made for Each Other Mrs. Harriet Mason
Song of the South
Song of the South Grandmother
Watch on the Rhine
Watch on the Rhine Fanny Farrelly


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 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Lloyd Minster
- A Favor for a Friend (1954) ... Mrs. Lloyd Minster
 1952 Juliette Low and the Girl Scouts (TV Movie)
Juliette Low
 1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Years of Grace (1952)
 1951 My Forbidden Past
Aunt Eula Beaurevel
 1950-1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Partnership (1951)
- The Chair (1950)
 1950 Harriet Craig
Celia Fenwick
 1950 Let's Dance
Serena Everett
 1948 That Wonderful Urge
Anut Cornelia Farley
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
Mrs. Packett
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Mrs. Hamilton
 1946 My Reputation
Mrs. Mary Kimball
 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
Aunt Jessica Hamilton (as Lucille Watson)
 1944 Till We Meet Again
Mother Superior
 1944 Uncertain Glory
Mme. Maret
 1941 Model Wife
J.J. Benson
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Mrs. Archer
 1941 Rage in Heaven
Mrs. Monrell
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Custer
 1940 Florian
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Lady Margaret Cronin
 1939 Made for Each Other
Mrs. Harriet Mason
 1938 The Young in Heart
Mrs. Jennings
 1938 Little Me (Short)
 1936 Three Smart Girls
 1936 The Garden of Allah
Mother Superior Josephine
 1935 The Bishop Misbehaves
Lady Emily
 1934 Men in Black (Short)
Nurse (uncredited)
 1934 The Inventors (Short)
Miss Tiddlebaum
 1930 The Royal Family of Broadway
Actress Backstage (uncredited)
 1916 The Girl with the Green Eyes (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Stage Play: You and I. Comedy. See more »

Alternate Names:

Lucille Watson

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It was all an accident in the first place, my being a comedienne. I came down from Canada to go to dramatic school here in New York. They gave each of the prospective pupils a book and said now sit here and be reading and when you hear a loud knock at the door just follow your impulse, only do something. When the knock came I grabbed my book and sat on it and tried to look demure as I said 'Come ... See more »


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

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