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Madge Kennedy (1891–1987)

In 1906, Madge went to New York City to study at the Art Students League where she hoped to become an illustrator. This lasted until she appeared in a student musical, which led to a full time job in a traveling stock company. By 1912, Madge was a Broadway Star with the bedroom farce "Little Miss Brown". For the next five years, Madge continued to... See full bio »

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Known For

Marathon Man Lady in Bank
Day Dreams Primrose
The Fair Pretender Sylvia Maynard
Our Little Wife Dodo Warren


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 1976 Marathon Man
Lady in Bank
 1975 The Day of the Locust
Mrs. Johnson
 1972 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
- Where's Grandpa? (1972) ... Mimi
 1970 The Baby Maker
Tish's Grandmother
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Mrs. Laydon
 1968 Julia (TV Series)
Lady Employer
- Homework Isn't Housework (1968) ... Lady Employer
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Flagler
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (1967) ... Mrs. Flagler
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963) ... Colonist
 1957-1963 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Aunt Martha Bronson / Aunt Martha
- Beaver's Prep School (1963) ... Aunt Martha
- Beaver the Magician (1959) ... Aunt Martha Bronson
- The Visiting Aunts (1958) ... Aunt Martha Bronson
- Train Trip (1958) ... Aunt Martha Bronson
- Beaver's Short Pants (1957) ... Aunt Martha Bronson
 1962 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Mrs. Lindsay
- Going Steady (1962) ... Mrs. Lindsay
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. MacFarlane
- Don't Look Behind You (1962) ... Mrs. MacFarlane
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Elizabeth Van Doren
- The Hunt (1962) ... Elizabeth Van Doren
 1956-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Baldwin / Mrs. Carter / Mrs. Barnes / ...
- Coming, Mama (1961) ... Mrs. Baldwin
- Sybilla (1960) ... Mrs. Carter
- Graduating Class (1959) ... Mrs. Barnes
- A True Account (1959) ... Mary Hughes
- Help Wanted (1956) ... Laura Crabtree
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Mrs. Cameron
- One for the Book (1961) ... Mrs. Cameron
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Mrs. Bedenbaugh
- Carnival of Fear (1961) ... Mrs. Bedenbaugh
 1960 Let's Make Love
Miss Manners (uncredited)
 1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Mary Rowland
- Don't Get Tough with a Sailor (1960) ... Mary Rowland
 1959 North by Northwest
Mrs. Finlay (uncredited)
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- I Remember Caviar (1959) ... Birdie
 1959 Plunderers of Painted Flats
Mary East
 1958 Houseboat
Mrs. Farnsworth
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 Official Detective (TV Series)
Miss Greenville
- Murder in a Girl's School (1958) ... Miss Greenville
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Helen Quade
- Sometimes It Happens (1956) ... Helen Quade
 1956 Lust for Life
Anna Cornelia Van Gogh
 1956 The Catered Affair
Mrs. Joe Halloran
 1956 Three Bad Sisters
Martha Craig
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Mrs. Smiley
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Canby
- The Unexplored (1955) ... Mrs. Canby
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
- The Dark Fleece (1955)
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Henrietta Mallory
- Star in the House (1955) ... Henrietta Mallory
 1954 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Christmas Every Day (1954) ... Grandmother
 1954 The Lineup (TV Series)
Victim's Mother
- Cop Killer (1954) ... Victim's Mother (uncredited)
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Clara Matheson
- The Secret (1954) ... Clara Matheson
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Ma Glover
- Borrowed Wife (1954) ... Ma Glover
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Mrs. Cope in Fantasy Sequence
 1952 The Marrying Kind
Judge Anne B. Carroll
 1928 Walls Tell Tales (Short)
 1926 Oh, Baby!
Dorothy Brennan
 1925 Lying Wives
Margery Burkley
 1925 Bad Company
Gloria Waring
 1925 Scandal Street
Sheila Kane
 1924 Three Miles Out
Molly Townsend
 1923 The Purple Highway
April Blair
 1921 Oh Mary Be Careful
Mary Meacham
 1921 The Highest Bidder
Sally Raeburn
 1921 The Girl with the Jazz Heart
Kittie Swasher / Miriam Smith
 1920 Help Yourself
Emily Ray
 1920 The Truth
Becky Warder
 1920 Dollars and Sense
Hazel Farron
 1920 The Blooming Angel
 1919 Strictly Confidential
Fanny O'Gorman
 1919 Through the Wrong Door
Isabel Carter
 1919 Leave It to Susan
Susan Burbridge
 1919 Daughter of Mine
Rosie Mendelsohn / Lady Diantha
 1919 Day Dreams
 1918 A Perfect Lady
Lucille Le Jambon, aka Lucy Higgins
 1918 Stake Uncle Sam to Play Your Hand (Short)
Joan of Arc
 1918 The Kingdom of Youth
Ruth Betts
 1918/I Friend Husband
Dorothy Dean
 1918 The Service Star
Marilyn March
 1918 The Fair Pretender
Sylvia Maynard
 1918 The Danger Game
Clytie Rogers
 1918 Our Little Wife
Dodo Warren
 1917 Nearly Married
Betty Griffon
 1917 Baby Mine
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Fair and Warmer" on Broadway. Written by Avery Hopwood. Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre (moved to The Harris Theatre from 24 Jul 1916-Close): 6 Nov 1915-Unknown (377 performances). Cast: Janet Beecher (as "Laura Wheeler"), John Cumberland (as "Billy Bartlett"), Robert Fisher (as "Harrigan"), Madge Kennedy (as "Blanche ... See more »

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15 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


William Bernard Hanley Jr. (actor)  (his death) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[speaking of the inexperienced people making silent movies in Fort Lee, New Jersey under chaotic conditions about 1917] It really was a case of the blind leading the blind, and we were all really grateful for some voice of authority to speak, anybody who could lay down the law and help us get the job done. See more »


Kennedy was cast in The Marrying Kind (1952) at the insistence of screenwriter Ruth Gordon. Director George Cukor had originally wanted Ina Claire, while Florence Bates, Dorothy Gish, and Frieda Inescort were also considered. Cukor acceded to Gordon's request and was delighted by the results. See more »

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