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Overview (4)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameMarie Anne Boland
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lively, buxom character actress Mary Boland made a name for herself playing vacuous or pixillated motherly types during the 1930's. One of her most memorable performances was as the addle-brained Mrs. Rimplegar of Three Cornered Moon (1933), who gives away her family fortune to a swindler because he seemed like 'such a nice young man'. She also made a series of popular homespun comedies under contract to Paramount, in which she co-starred opposite Charles Ruggles. She was notable as a social snob in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), the oversexed and alcoholic Countess DeLave in The Women (1939) and as Mrs.Bennett in MGM's classic Pride and Prejudice (1940). For all her scatty or matronly character roles in the movies, Mary Boland had once been a star comedienne on Broadway.

Born in Philadelphia, the daughter of travelling actor William A. Boland (who happened to be on tour at her birth), she was educated at Sacred Heart Convent in Detroit. At 25, Mary appeared in her first play, 'Strongheart', and was on Broadway two years later in 'The Ranger', with Dustin Farnum. She started in silent films in 1915, her debut being Thomas H. Ince's 'The Edge of the Abyss'. After a wartime interval, entertaining troops on the Western Front during World War I, she made a return to the stage and had notable successes with the comedies 'Clarence' (1919-20,with Alfred Lunt) as Mrs.Wheeler, 'Meet the Wife' (1923-24,with a young Humphrey Bogart) and 'Cradle Snatchers' (1925-26), starring as Susan Martin. These performances established her as one of theatres foremost comediennes, ideally cast as dithery wives and mothers, or social climbers.

Mary's film career ended in 1950 and she appeared in her last play, 'Lullaby', in 1954. She retired to live out the rest of her days in her suite at the Essex House in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Trivia (6)

Never married.
Of Irish Catholic extraction, and convent-educated.
Performed on Broadway from 1907-1954.
During the 2013 Turner Classic Movies Summer Under The Stars Festival, she was honored as one of 31 classic film performers to have a day dedicated to her film work. Her movies were run throughout the day of August 4, 2013.
Is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.

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