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Ethel Griffies (1878–1975)

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at filmmaking in 1917, she made her movie bow in 1930, ... See full bio »


(age 97) in London, England, UK

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Known For

The Birds Mrs. Bundy
Mystery of Edwin Drood Miss Twinkleton
Anna Karenina Mme. Kartasoff
Jane Eyre Grace Poole


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 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Gypsy Woman
- A Horse Called Destiny (1966) ... Gypsy Woman
 1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town
Mrs. Spencer
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Jameson Pierce
- A Question of Murder (1965) ... Mrs. Jameson Pierce
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
- Bed of Roses (1964) ... Lulu
 1963 Billy Liar
Grandma Florence
 1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. McEwan
- Don't Shake the Family Tree (1963) ... Mrs. McEwan
 1963 The Birds
Mrs. Bundy
 1961 The Bun House Wedding (TV Movie)
Miss Butterworth
 1959-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Mary Ellis / Lady Margaret
- The Autumn Garden (1960) ... Mrs. Mary Ellis
- The Secret Agent (1959) ... Lady Margaret
 1950 Suspense (TV Series)
 1950 The Clock (TV Series)
- The Old Woman (1950)
 1948-1950 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1949-1950 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Grandmother / Mrs. White
- The Gambler (1950) ... Grandmother
- The Druid Circle (1949) ... Mrs. White
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1948-1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1947 The Homestretch
Aunt Martha
 1947 Millie's Daughter
Aunt Katherine
 1946 Sing While You Dance
Mrs. Abigail Smith
 1946 Devotion
Aunt Elizabeth Branwell
 1945 Saratoga Trunk
Clarissa Van Steed
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Mrs. Nelson (uncredited)
 1945 Molly and Me
Mrs. Lamb (uncredited)
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
Mrs. Fenway
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Lady Stover
 1944 Music for Millions
Mrs. McGuff
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Mrs. Glennie (scenes deleted)
 1944 Pardon My Rhythm
Mrs. Dean
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Woman on Train Opening Window (uncredited)
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Mrs. O'Connor - Boardinghouse Tenant (uncredited)
 1943 Jane Eyre
Grace Poole (uncredited)
 1943 Holy Matrimony
Lady Vale
 1943 First Comes Courage
Nurse (uncredited)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Wife of Man in Air Raid Shelter
 1942 Time to Kill
Mrs. Murdock
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Mrs. Graham (uncredited)
 1942 Between Us Girls
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Catherine Vandewater
 1942 Castle in the Desert
Madame Saturnia
 1942 Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
Matron (uncredited)
 1942 Right to the Heart
Minerva Bromley
 1941 Remember the Day
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1941 How Green Was My Valley
Mrs. Nicholas
 1941 Great Guns
Aunt Agatha
 1941 Man at Large
Mrs. Zagra
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
Lady Fitzhugh
 1941 Billy the Kid
Mrs. Hanky
 1941 Dead Men Tell
Miss Patience Nodbury
 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor
Mrs. Kane
 1940 Anne of Windy Poplars
Hester Pringle
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Mrs. Clark (uncredited)
 1940 Irene
Princess Minetti
 1940 Vigil in the Night
Matron East
 1939 The Mysterious Mr. Davis
Mabel Wilcox (uncredited)
 1939 We Are Not Alone
Mrs. Raymond
 1939 The Star Maker
Voice Teacher (uncredited)
 1939 I'm from Missouri
Miss Wildhack
 1939 Over the Moon
Miss Bates - the Governess (uncredited)
 1938 The Man with 100 Faces
 1937 Kathleen
Hannah O'Dwyer
 1936 Guilty Melody
Lady Rochester
 1936 Not So Dusty
Miss Miller
 1936 Father and Son
Mrs. Etta Hamilton
 1935 The Return of Peter Grimm
Mrs. Martha Bartholomew
 1935 Anna Karenina
Mme. Kartasoff
 1935 Werewolf of London
Mrs. Whack
 1935 Hold 'Em Yale
Mrs. Peavey (uncredited)
 1935 Vanessa, Her Love Story
Winifred Trent
 1935 Mystery of Edwin Drood
Miss Twinkleton
 1935 Enchanted April
Mrs. Hawkins (uncredited)
 1934 The Painted Veil
Lady Coldchester (uncredited)
 1934 We Live Again
Aunt Marie
 1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Mrs. Field
 1934 Jane Eyre
Grace Poole
 1934 Call It Luck
Lady Poindexter (uncredited)
 1934 Sadie McKee
Woman in Subway (uncredited)
 1934 Stolen Sweets
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1934 The House of Rothschild
Guest at Reception Hall
 1934 Four Frightened People
Mrs. Ainger's Mother
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
Miss Simpson the Governess (uncredited)
 1933 White Woman
Mrs. Chisholm
 1933 Bombshell
Mrs. Ward - Orphanage Representative (uncredited)
 1933 Torch Singer
Agatha Alden
 1933 Doctor Bull
Miss Ace (uncredited)
 1933 Midnight Club
The Duchess
 1933 Horse Play
 1933 Looking Forward
Miss Judd (uncredited)
 1933 A Lady's Profession
Lady McDougal
 1933 Tonight Is Ours
 1932 Evenings for Sale
Boat Passenger (uncredited)
 1932 Payment Deferred
Customer in Madame Collins' Dress Shop (uncredited)
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Second Aunt
 1932 Westward Passage
Lady Caverly
 1932 Devil's Lottery
Nurse (uncredited)
 1932 Are You Listening?
Mrs. Peters
 1932 The Impatient Maiden
Nurse Lovett
 1932 Union Depot
Cross Woman at Magazine Stand (uncredited)
 1931 Manhattan Parade
Mrs. Beacon (uncredited)
 1931 Once a Lady
Miss Bleeker
 1931 The Road to Singapore
Mrs. Everard (uncredited)
 1931 Waterloo Bridge
Mrs. Hobley
 1931 Chances
Drunken Flower Vendor in Pub (uncredited)
 1931 The Millionaire
Mrs. Andrews (uncredited)
 1930 Old English
Adela Heythorp
 1930 Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Gossip (uncredited)
 1921 Hard Cash
Mrs. Hardie
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (3 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Stage Play: The Autumn Garden. Written by Lillian Hellman. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by Howard Bay. Directed by Harold Clurman. Coronet Theatre: 7 Mar 1951- 2 Jun 1951 (101 performances). Cast: Florence Eldridge, Ethel Griffies (as "Mrs. Mary Ellis"), Fredric March (as "Nicholas Denery"), Kent Smith (as "Edward Crossman"), Jane ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

They get to know your face too well out there in Hollywood, and you're finished.


At the time of her death she was the oldest working actress in English Theatre. Her career began as a baby in 1881 when she was carried onstage by her acting parents. See more »

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