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Josephine Hull (1877–1957)

Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College -- much to the dismay of her parents -- and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the stage for three years and never re-married but ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Harvey Veta Louise Dowd Simmons
Arsenic and Old Lace Abby Brewster
After Tomorrow Mrs. Piper
The Ford Theatre Hour Aunt Abby Brewster


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 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- The Meanest Man in the World (1955) ... Widow
 1951-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mom Baker / Grandma / Mrs. Bartholomew
- The Wednesday Wish (1953) ... Mom Baker
- Grandma Was an Actress (1951) ... Grandma
- The Purple Doorknob (1951) ... Mrs. Bartholomew
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
Mrs. Hawkins
- Flight Thirteen (1952)
- The Upstairs Floor (1952) ... Mrs. Hawkins
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- Night School (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Clean Sweep for Lavinia (1952) ... Lavinia
 1951 The Lady from Texas
Miss Birdie Wheeler
 1950 Harvey
Veta Louise Dowd Simmons
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Abby Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1949) ... Aunt Abby Brewster
 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
Abby Brewster
 1932 Careless Lady
Aunt Cora
 1932 After Tomorrow
Mrs. Piper
 1929 The Bishop's Candlesticks (Short)
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 1955 I've Got a Secret (TV Series)
Herself - Panelist
- Episode dated 2 March 1955 (1955) ... Herself - Panelist
 1951 The Ken Murray Show (TV Series)
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 1987 James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson (TV Movie)
Veta Louise Simmons clip from Harvey (1950)) (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Hotbed (1928). Comedy/drama. Written by Paul Osborn. Directed by Brock Pemberton and Antoinette Perry. Klaw Theatre: 8 Nov 1928- Nov 1928 (closing date unknown/19 performances). Cast: Charles S. Abbe (as "Professor Stanton"), Carl Anthony (as "Professor Clark"), Alison Bradshaw (as "Lila"), William Faversham (as "Louis Willard"... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »


5' 2¼" (1.58 m)

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Personal Quote:

Playing Shakespeare is really tiring. You never get to sit down, unless you're the king.


Graduate of Radcliffe College (1899). See more »

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