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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Dangerous Liaisons Madame de Rosemonde
The Trouble with Harry Miss Ivy Gravely
The Quiet Man The Widow Sarah Tillane
Barefoot in the Park Ethel Banks


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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)
 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)
 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
 1978-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Millicent Shand
- The Spirit Is Willie (1979) ... Millicent Shand
- Frozen Assets (1978) ... Millicent Shand
 1978 Little Women (TV Mini-Series)
Aunt March
 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)
- 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)
 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)
 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 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
 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
- Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty (1958) ... Millicent Bracegirdle
- The Perfect Murder (1956) ... Aunt Rosalie
 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)
- Eloise (1956) ... Nanny
 1956 Teenage Rebel
Grace Hewitt
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- Antigone (1956) ... Nurse
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Redman
- Hapless Holiday (1956) ... Mrs. Redman
 1956 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Madame Arcati
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Madame Arcati
- Blithe Spirit (1956) ... Madame Arcati
 1955 The Court Jester
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Grace Hagget
- Christopher Bean (1955) ... Grace Hagget
 1949-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Kate / Mrs. Beam
- Uncle Ed and Circumstances (1955) ... Kate
- 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 Repertory Theatre (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
 1948 A Woman's Vengeance
Nurse Caroline Braddock
 1947 The Late George Apley
Amelia Newcombe
 1946 Sorry, Wrong Number (TV Short)
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Aunt Amarilla
 1945 The Enchanted Cottage
Mrs. Abigail Minnett
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
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Stage Play: Amourette. Comedy. Written by Clare Kummer. Directed by Leo Bulgakov. Henry Miller's Theatre: 27 Sep 1933- Oct 1933 (closing date unknown/22 performances). Cast: Arthur Aylesworth (as "Amsey Tucker"), Francesca Bruning, Charles Coleman, Frances Halliday, James P. Houston, Frederick Kaufman, William Lynn, Clara Mahr, Byron ... See more »

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First appeared on Broadway under the direction of Joshua Logan, who considered her one of America's finest character actresses. Natwick inspired great devotion among many: John Ford, who directed her in The Long Voyage Home (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and The Quiet Man (1952) adored her, as did both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Katharine Cornell and her husband, director ... See more »



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