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Cathleen Nesbitt (1888–1982)

Diminutive, genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter version of Gladys Cooper was needed, yet someone ... See full bio »


(age 93) in London, England, UK

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An Affair to Remember
An Affair to Remember Grandmother Janou
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Juliana Bordeaux
Separate Tables
Separate Tables Lady Matheson
The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap Louise McKendrick


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 1970-1981 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Emma Sloane / The Countess
 1980 Never Never Land
Edith Forbes
 1979 The Old Crowd (TV Movie)
 1978 Night Cries (TV Movie)
Mrs. Delesande
 1977 Julia
 1977 The Haunting of Julia
Heather Rudge
 1977 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1977 Supernatural (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Sybil Manners
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Lady Alice
 1976 Abide with Me (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hollins
 1976 Family Plot
Julia Rainbird
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
Mary Nosworthy
 1975 French Connection II
'The Old Lady' / The Old Lady
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Madame Dupin de Francueil
 1972-1973 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series)
Lady Southwold
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Juliana Bordeaux
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
Lillian Huntsman
 1971 Villain
Mrs. Dakin
 1970 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Mrs. Carmichael
 1970 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Lady Matheson
 1969 Staircase
Harry's Mother
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
 1967 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Amelia Ferret
 1966 The Trygon Factor
Livia Embarday
 1963-1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Agatha Morley
 1966 Promise Her Anything
Mrs. Brock
 1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
 1956-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Twymeley / Cissie Hampshire / Lady Muriel Morrigan
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Charlotte Pope
 1962 Empire (TV Series)
Hertie Burton
 1962 Playdate (TV Series)
Juliana Bordereau
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Mrs. Carstairs / Angelica
 1961 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Constance Meadows
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Louisa Humber
 1961 Feathertop (TV Movie)
Madame Eau Charme
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Helene Choiseul
 1961 The Parent Trap
Louise McKendrick
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. McQueston / Lady Hurf
 1961 Festival (TV Series)
Miss Havisham
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Granny Mermaid
 1961 Vanity Fair (TV Series)
Miss Crawley
 1960 Mrs. Miniver (TV Movie)
Lady Beldon (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Rebecca Pruitt
 1958 Separate Tables
Lady Matheson
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
The Crone
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Mother Hildebrand
 1955-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Hazel Lockman / Julia Harrington / Veronica Vermilyea / ...
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Aunty B
 1957 An Affair to Remember
Grandmother Janou
 1956-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955-1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller Sr. / Angelica / Mother Hallock
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Frau Lucher / Mrs. Moorehead
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series)
Mrs. Grose (segment "The Turn of the Screw")
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
Mrs. Applegate
 1954 Désirée
Mme. Bonaparte
 1954 Black Widow
Lucia Colletti
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
 1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Alving
 1950 So Long at the Fair
Madame Hervé
 1949 Madness of the Heart
Mother Superior
 1949 Elizabeth of Ladymead (TV Movie)
 1948 The Case of the Frightened Lady (TV Movie)
Lady Lebanon
 1947 Jassy
Elizabeth Twisdale
 1946 Men of Two Worlds
Mrs. Upjohn
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Egyptian Lady (uncredited)
 1945 The Agitator
Mrs. Montrose
 1944 Man of Evil
Kate Somerford
 1943 The Lamp Still Burns
The Matron
 1940 Chamber of Horrors
Ann Cody
 1938 Little Dolly Daydream
Miss Parker
 1938 Pygmalion
A Lady (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
 1938 The Case of the Frightened Lady (TV Movie)
Lady Lebanon
 1938 The Gay Lord Quex (TV Movie)
 1938 A Dream of Love (Short)
Baroness St. Cricq (uncredited)
 1937 Against the Tide
Margaret Leigh
 1937 Knights for a Day
Lady Agatha
 1936 Well Done, Henry
Mrs. McNab
 1936 Hearts of Humanity
Mrs. Bamford
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Mme. Boin
 1935 The Passing of the Third Floor Back
Mrs. Tomkin (as Catherine Nesbitt)
 1934 Trouble Ahead
 1932 Criminal at Large
Lady Lebanon
 1930 Canaries Sometimes Sing
Anne Lymes
 1922 Mary Queen of Scots (Short)
Queen Mary
 1922 The Faithful Heart
Diana Oughterson
 1919 A Star Over Night (Short)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Mrs. Higgins") in "My Fair Lady" on Broadway. Musical/Romantic comedy. Book / lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Adapted from "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. Music arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang. Dance arrangements by Trude Rittman. Musical Director: Franz Allers. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cathleen Nesbit | Catherine Nesbitt | Kathleen Nesbitt

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Engaged to English poet Rupert Brooke, who was killed during World War I, Cathleen Nesbitt was one of the great beauties of her day. See more »

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