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Marjorie Main (1890–1975)


Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided (1931). She repeated her stage role in Dead End (1937) as Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart)'s mother, which led ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Egg and I Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
(1947)
The Women Lucy
(1939)
The Belle of New York Mrs. Phineas Hill
(1952)

Filmography

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 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Cassie Tanner
- The Sacramento Story (1958) ... Cassie Tanner
- The Cassie Tanner Story (1958) ... Cassie Tanner
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
The Widow Hudspeth
 1956 The Kettles in the Ozarks
Ma Kettle
 1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Ma Kettle
 1954 Ricochet Romance
Pansy Jones
 1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
Ma Kettle
 1954 Rose Marie
Lady Jane Dunstock
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer
Mrs. Hittaway
 1953 Fast Company
Ma Parkson
 1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Ma Kettle
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Ma Kettle
 1952 The Belle of New York
Mrs. Phineas Hill
 1951 A Letter from a Soldier (Short)
Mrs. Wrenley
 1951 The Law and the Lady
Julia Wortin
 1951 Mr. Imperium
Mrs. Cabot
 1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
Hattie O'Malley
 1950 Summer Stock
Esme
 1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Ma Kettle
 1949 Big Jack
Flapjack Kate
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle
Ma Kettle
 1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Maribel Mathews
 1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Widow Hawkins
 1947 The Egg and I
Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
 1946 The Show-Off
Mrs. Fisher
 1946 Undercurrent
Lucy
 1946 Bad Bascomb
Abbey Hanks
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Sonora Cassidy
 1945 Murder, He Says
Mamie Fleagle Smithers Johnson
 1944 Gentle Annie
Annie Goss
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis
Katie (Maid)
 1944 Rationing
Iris Tuttle
 1943 Johnny Come Lately
'Gashouse' Mary
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Mrs. Strabel
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Mrs. Maude Fisher
 1942 Tish
Miss Letitia 'Tish' Carberry
 1942 Jackass Mail
Clementine 'Tina' Tucker
 1942 The Affairs of Martha
Mrs. McKissick
 1942 We Were Dancing
Judge Sidney Hawkes
 1942 The Bugle Sounds
Susie 'Suz'
 1941 Honky Tonk
Mrs. Varner
 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
Granny Becky
 1941 A Woman's Face
Emma Kristiansdotter
 1941 Barnacle Bill
Marge Cavendish
 1941 The Trial of Mary Dugan
Mrs. Collins
 1940 Wyoming
Mehitabel
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Sarah May Willett
 1940 Susan and God
Mary
 1940 Turnabout
Nora
 1940 Dark Command
Mrs. Cantrell / Mrs. Adams
 1940 Women Without Names
Mrs. Lowery - Prison Matron
 1940 I Take This Woman
Gertie
 1939 Two Thoroughbreds
Hildegarde 'Hildy' Carey
 1939 Another Thin Man
Mrs. Dolley
 1939 The Women
Lucy
 1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
Mrs. Arkelian
 1939 They Shall Have Music
Mrs. Miller
 1939 Lucky Night
Mrs. Briggs
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Fireless Cooker Customer (uncredited)
 1938 Girls' School
Miss Armstrong
 1938 Too Hot to Handle
Miss Wayne
 1938 Under the Big Top
Sara Post
 1938 Little Tough Guy
Mrs. Boylan
 1938 Prison Farm
Matron Brand
 1938 Three Comrades
Old Woman by Phone (uncredited)
 1938 Test Pilot
Landlady
 1938 King of the Newsboys
Mrs. Stephens (uncredited)
 1938 Penitentiary
Miss Katie Mathews (uncredited)
 1938 City Girl
Mrs. Ward (uncredited)
 1937 The Shadow
Hannah Gillespie
 1937 Boy of the Streets
Mrs. Mary Brennan
 1937 The Wrong Road
Martha Foster
 1937 The Man Who Cried Wolf
Amelia Bradley
 1937 Dead End
Mrs. Martin
 1937 Stella Dallas
Mrs. Martin
 1937 Love in a Bungalow
Miss Emma Bisbee
 1934 Music in the Air
Anna
 1934 Crime Without Passion
Backstage Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
 1934 Art Trouble (Short)
Woman Who Sits on Painting (uncredited)
 1933 New Deal Rhythm (Short)
Delegate from Arizona (uncredited)
 1933 Close Relations (Short)
Woman in Depot (uncredited)
 1932 Hot Saturday
Gossip in Window (uncredited)
 1932 Broken Lullaby
Frau Schmidt - Townswoman (uncredited)
 1931 A House Divided
Townswoman at Wedding (uncredited)
 1929 Harry Fox and His Six American Beauties (Short)
Statler Hotel Beauty (uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Women. Comedy. Written by Clare Boothe Luce. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Ethel Barrymore Theare: 26 Dec 1936- Jul 1938 (closing date unknown/675 performances). Cast: Charita Bauer (as "Little Mary"), Eloise Bennett (as "Euphie"), Eileen Burns (as "Miss Fordyce")), Jessie Busley (as "Mrs. ... See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Most of the time I played mothers. That's acting!

Trivia:

There were a total of 10 movies in which Main played the character of Ma Kettle. She also co-starred with Kettle co-star Percy Kilbride in Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948) though it isn't a Kettle film. See more »

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Pisces

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