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Dame May Whitty (1865–1948)


Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world. She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock company. After nearly 25 years as one of the leading... See full bio »

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 1948 The Return of October
Aunt Martha Grant
 1948 The Sign of the Ram
Clara Brastock
 1947 If Winter Comes
Mrs. Perch
 1947 This Time for Keeps
Grandmother Cambaretti
 1947 Green Dolphin Street
Mother Superior
 1943 Madame Curie
Madame Eugene Curie
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
May Whitty
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Lady Constance Longborough
 1943 Crash Dive
Grandmother
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Baba
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mrs. Lucy Trimble
 1942 Thunder Birds [Soldiers of the Air]
Lady Jane Stackhouse
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
Florence
 1940 Return to Yesterday
Mrs Emily Truscott
 1939 Rake's Progress (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mead, Wilkes's mother-in-law
 1939 Mary Rose (TV Movie)
Mrs. Morland
 1938 Parnell (TV Movie)
Aunt Caroline
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Aunt William
 1936 Keep Your Seats, Please
Aunt Georgina Withers (uncredited)
 1914 Enoch Arden
Miriam Lane (as May Whitty)
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Other Works:

Romeo and Juliet (1940). Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Production Design by Laurence Olivier. Scenic Design by Motley. Costume Design by Motley. Lighting Design by Robert Edmond Jones. Incidental music by Alexander Steinert and Laurence Olivier. Directed by Laurence Olivier. 51st Street Theatre: 9 May 1940-... See more »

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Alternate Names:

May Whitty | Miss May Whitty
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Personal Quote:

I've got everything Betty Grable has - only I've had it longer. See more »

Trivia:

She was the first actress to be invested as a DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire ), in the 1918 King's Honours List for her services to hospital work during World War I. See more »

Nickname:

Old Faithful

Star Sign:

Gemini

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