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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 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 Crash Dive
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mrs. Lucy Trimble
 1942 Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air
Lady Jane Stackhouse
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
 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:

She acted in Dorothy Massingham's play, "The Lake," at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with Esme Church, Marie Ney, and Alan Napier in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

May Whitty | Miss May Whitty

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Personal Quote:

So long as I can do my bit, I'll keep right on doing it. See more »


During the 1940s she starred in 3 films where the leading lady won a Best Actress Oscar: Joan Fontaine for Suspicion (1941), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), and Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight (1944). See more »


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