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Helen Westley (1875–1942)

Although she could on a rare occasion display a bit of kindness, or at least some kind of grouchy benevolence, Helen Westley had few peers on stage or film when it came to outright unpleasantness. A stern, indomitable presence, her characters offered unsolicited advice to anyone and everyone within arm's reach. They could literally freeze a person... See full bio »

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 1942 My Favorite Spy
Aunt Jessie
 1941 Bedtime Story
Emma Harper
 1941 The Smiling Ghost
Grandmother Bentley
 1941 Million Dollar Baby
Mrs. Galloway
 1941 Sunny
Aunt Barbara
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
Blanche Brunot
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Mrs. Frazier
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
Madame LeMaire
 1940 Lillian Russell
Grandma Leonard
 1938 Zaza
 1938/II Keep Smiling
Mrs. Willoughby
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Aunt Sophie
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Aunt Miranda Wilkins
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler
Countess Sandor
 1937 She Married an Artist
Martha Moriarty
 1937 I'll Take Romance
Madame Della aka Madella
 1937 Heidi
Blind Anna
 1937 Sing and Be Happy
Mrs. Henty
 1937 Café Metropole
Margaret Ridgeway
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
 1936 Dimples
Mrs. Caroline Drew
 1936 Half Angel
Martha Hargraves
 1935 Splendor
Mrs. Emmeline Lorrimore
 1935 The Melody Lingers On
Franceska Manzoni
 1935 Chasing Yesterday
 1935 Roberta
 1935 Captain Hurricane
Abbie Howland
 1934 Looking for Trouble
Pearl's Landlady (uncredited)
 1934 The House of Rothschild
Gudula Rothschild
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Mrs. Morris
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Age of Reason. Written by Cecil Dorrian. Bandbox Theatre: 4 Oct 1915- 20 May 1916 (unknown performances/played in repertory with several other productions). Cast: E.J. Ballantine, Frank Conroy, Florence Enright, Noel Haddon, Spalding Hall, Alice Harrington, Holland Hudson, Glenn Hunter, Lydia Lopokova, Malcolm MacKinnon, ... See more »

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Both she and Edna May Oliver portrayed Parthy Hawks in "Show Boat" - Westley onscreen in Show Boat (1936), and Oliver onstage in 1927 and 1932. Both actresses passed away, within a month of each other, in 1942. See more »

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