Mildred Natwick (1905–1994)


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A disarming character lady quite capable of scene-stealing, Mildred Natwick was a well-rounded talent with distinctively dowdy features and idiosyncratic tendencies who, over a six-decade period, assembled together a number of unforgettable matrons on stage and (eventually) film and TV. Whimsical, feisty, loony, stern, impish, shrewish, quizzical,... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Trouble with Harry Miss Ivy Gravely
(1955)
Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Rosemonde
(1988)
The Quiet Man The Widow Sarah Tillane
(1952)
Barefoot in the Park Ethel Banks
(1967)

Filmography

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 1988 Dangerous Liaisons
Madame de Rosemonde
 1987 Deadly Deception (TV Movie)
Sarah Cleason
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Carrie McKittrick
- Murder in the Electric Cathedral (1986) ... Carrie McKittrick
 1985 The Adventures of Alexander Hawkins (TV Movie)
Grandmother
 1985 The Booth (TV Movie) (segment "The 75th")
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
May Hardcastle
 1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Madge LaSalle
- Limited Engagement (1983) ... Madge LaSalle
 1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
Mrs. Reilly
 1982 Maid in America (TV Movie)
Mrs. Angstrom
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Grandma
 1980 Alice (TV Series)
Aunt Agatha
- Vera's Aunt Agatha (1980) ... Aunt Agatha
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Beatrice Dale
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina
 1979 Little Women (TV Series)
Aunt Kathryn March
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Aunt Kathryn March
 1978-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Millicent Shand
- The Spirit Is Willie (1979) ... Millicent Shand
- Frozen Assets (1978) ... Millicent Shand
 1978 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
 1977 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Grace Dubois
- A Girl in Her Twenties (1977) ... Grace Dubois
 1976 Family (TV Series)
Hattie
- A Right and Proper Goodbye (1976) ... Hattie
 1976 Addie and the King of Hearts (TV Movie)
Grandma Mills
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Beatrice McMillan
- Deadly Inheritance (1975) ... Beatrice McMillan
- Love, Honor and Swindle (1975) ... Beatrice McMillan
 1975 The Easter Promise (TV Movie)
Grandma Mills
 1975 At Long Last Love
Mabel Pritchard
 1974 Daisy Miller
Mrs. Costello
 1972-1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- A Black Day for Bluebeard (1974) ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- The Devil Made Me Do It! (1974) ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- Corpse and Robbers (1973) ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- The Female Instinct (1972) ... Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
 1973 The Evil Touch (TV Series)
Constance / The Aunt
- Scared to Death (1973) ... Constance
- Heart to Heart (1973) ... The Aunt
 1973 The Thanksgiving Treasure (TV Movie)
Grandma
 1973 Money to Burn (TV Movie)
Emily Finnegan
 1972 The House Without a Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Grandma Mills
 1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (TV Movie)
Shelby Saunders
 1971 The Most Deadly Game (TV Series)
Janet McLeod
- I, Said the Sparrow (1971) ... Janet McLeod
 1969 Trilogy
Miss Miller (segment "Miriam")
 1969 The Maltese Bippy
Molly Fletcher
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mrs. Wharton
- Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds (1969) ... Mrs. Wharton
 1967 Barefoot in the Park
Ethel Banks
 1962 Arsenic & Old Lace (TV Movie)
Martha Brewster
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Irma Mahoney
- Take and Put (1961) ... Irma Mahoney
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mme. St. Pé
- The Waltz of the Toreadors (1959) ... Mme. St. Pé
 1956-1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Millicent Bracegirdle / Aunt Rosalie Tallendier
- Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty (1958) ... Millicent Bracegirdle
- The Perfect Murder (1956) ... Aunt Rosalie Tallendier
 1947-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Big Heist (1957)
- The Grass Harp (1952)
- The Old Ladies (1950)
 1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
Aunt Renie
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Nanny
- Eloise (1956) ... Nanny
 1956 Teenage Rebel
Grace Hewitt
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Nurse
- Antigone (1956) ... Nurse
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Redman
- Hapless Holiday (1956) ... Mrs. Redman
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Madame Arcati
- Blithe Spirit (1956) ... Madame Arcati
 1955 The Court Jester
Griselda
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Grace Hagget
- Christopher Bean (1955) ... Grace Hagget
 1949-1955 Studio One (TV Series)
Kate / Mrs. Tanner / Mrs. Beam
- Uncle Ed and Circumstances (1955) ... Kate
- One Pair of Hands (1951) ... Mrs. Tanner
- Mary Lou (1950)
- My Granny Van (1950)
- At Mrs. Beam's (1949) ... Mrs. Beam
 1955 The Trouble with Harry
Miss Ivy Gravely
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Juilana
- A Garden in the Sea (1954) ... Aunt Juilana
 1949-1954 Suspense (TV Series)
Nadia Demarest / Suspicious Woman
- The Suitor (1953)
- High Street (1951)
- Murderers' Meeting (1951) ... Nadia Demarest
- On a Country Road (1951) ... Suspicious Woman
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Mr. Simmons (1954)
 1954 Love Story (TV Series)
- The Orchard (1954)
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
 1954 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
 1954 You Are There (TV Series)
Mary Queen of Scots
 1953-1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Macready
- Tam O'Shanter (1954)
- The Marmalade Scandal (1953) ... Mrs. Macready
 1953 The Web (TV Series)
 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Happy Rest (1953)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- Ink (1953)
 1952-1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Buttons (1952)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Boyd
- The Brooch (1953) ... Mrs. Boyd
 1952 Against All Flags
Molvina MacGregor
 1950-1952 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Secret Island (1951)
- The Feast (1950)
 1952 The Quiet Man
The Widow Sarah Tillane
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Antrobus / Queen Elizabeth I
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1951) ... Mrs. Antrobus
- Mary of Scotland (1951) ... Queen Elizabeth I
 1950-1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Albert Forrester
- The Mother (1951)
- The Creative Impulse (1950) ... Mrs. Albert Forrester
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
- Her Son (1950)
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen
Mrs. Mebane
 1950 The Clock (TV Series)
 1949 Man Against Crime (TV Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1949)
- Episode #1.7 (1949)
- Episode #1.6 (1949)
- Episode #1.5 (1949)
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Abby Allshard
 1948 3 Godfathers
The Mother
 1948 The Kissing Bandit
Isabella
 1948 A Woman's Vengeance
Nurse Caroline Braddock
 1947 The Late George Apley
Amelia Newcombe
 1946 Sorry, Wrong Number (TV Movie)
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Aunt Amarilla
 1945 The Enchanted Cottage
Mrs. Abigail Minnett
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
Freda
 1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air (Podcast Series)
Mother (segment: Life with Father)
- Heart of Darkness/Life with Father (1938) ... Mother (segment: Life with Father)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Missouri Legend. Comedy. Written by E.B. Ginty. Musical Director: Albert Pearl. Empire Theatre: 19 Sep 1938- Oct 1938 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Russell Collins, José Ferrer (as "Billy Gashade"), Dorothy Gish (as "Mrs. Howard"), Dean Jagger (as "Thomas Howard"), Mildred Natwick (as "The Widow Weeks"), Richard... See more »

Parents:

Natwick, Joseph | Natwick (Dawes), Mildred
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Trivia:

She and Angela Lansbury, both in The Court Jester (1955)--she did the famous "Vessel with the Pestle" routine with Danny Kaye--were reunited on Lansbury's series, Murder, She Wrote (1984), in the episode, Murder, She Wrote: Murder in the Electric Cathedral (1986)), 30 years later. See more »

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