Zasu Pitts (I) (1894–1963)

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Classic comedienne Zasu Pitts, of the timid, forlorn blue eyes and trademark woebegone vocal pattern and fidgety hands, was born to Rulandus and Nellie (Shay) Pitts, the third of four children on January 3, 1894. Her aged New York-native father, who lost a leg back in the Civil War era, had settled the family in Kansas by the time ZaSu was born ... See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Gertie - Switchboard Operator
Greed Trina
No, No, Nanette Pauline Hastings
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna Elvira Nugent / Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent / Elvira (Nugey) Nugent


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 1949 Lum and Abner (TV Movie) (completed)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Gertie - Switchboard Operator
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Mrs. Bowie
- Who Killed Holly Howard? (1963) ... Mrs. Bowie
 1963 The Thrill of It All
 1962 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Daphne Whilom
- The Case of the Absent Artist (1962) ... Daphne Whilom
 1961 Teenage Millionaire
Aunt Theodora
 1961 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
- Lonesome's Gal (1961) ... (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1961 The Jim Backus Show (TV Series)
Minnie Morgan
- Dear Minnie (1961) ... Minnie Morgan
 1960 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
Loretta Kimball
- Dimples (1960) ... Loretta Kimball
 1956-1960 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Elvira Nugent / Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent / Elvira (Nugey) Nugent
- Show Biz (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- It's Magic (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Made in Hong Kong (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- One Coin in the Fountain (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Captain Courageous (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
 1957 This Could Be the Night
Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
 1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Aunt Martha
- Not Quite Paradise (1957) ... Aunt Martha
 1956 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Ma Raspin
- Public Pigeon (1956) ... Ma Raspin
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Miss Appleton
- Mr. Belvedere (1956) ... Miss Appleton (as Zazu Pitts)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Selma
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Miss Preen
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954) ... Miss Preen
 1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Happy Touch (1954)
 1954 Francis Joins the WACS
Lt. Valerie Humpert
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Aunt Laura
- Pardon My Aunt (1954) ... Aunt Laura
 1952 Denver & Rio Grande
Jane Dwyer
 1950 Francis
Nurse Valerie Humpert
 1949 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Belinda Pryde
- Ramshackle Inn (1949) ... Belinda Pryde
 1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1947 Life with Father
 1946 Dear Miss Gloria (Short)
Guest star (uncredited)
 1946 The Perfect Marriage
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood
Elvira Spriggens
 1943 Let's Face It
Cornelia Figeson
 1942 Tish
Aggie Pilkington (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1942 So's Your Aunt Emma!
Aunt Emma Bates
 1942 The Bashful Bachelor
Geraldine (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1942 Mexican Spitfire at Sea
Miss Pepper
 1941 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby
Miss Emily Pepper
 1941 Miss Polly
Miss Pandora Polly
 1941 Weekend for Three
 1941 Uncle Joe
Julia Jordan
 1941 Niagara Falls (Short)
Emmy Sawyer
 1941 Broadway Limited
Myra Pottle
 1940 No, No, Nanette
Pauline Hastings
 1940 It All Came True
Miss Flint
 1939 Eternally Yours
Mrs. Cary Bingham
 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell
Mme. Moulin
 1939 Mickey the Kid
Lilly Handy
 1939 Naughty But Nice
Aunt Penelope Hardwick
 1939 The Lady's from Kentucky
Dulcey Lee
 1937 52nd Street
Letitia Rondell
 1937 Forty Naughty Girls
Hildegarde Withers
 1937 Merry Comes to Town
Winnie Oatfield
 1937 Wanted!
Winnie Oatfield
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song
Gwen Logan
 1936 The Plot Thickens
Hildegarde Withers
 1936 Mad Holiday
Mrs. Kinney
 1936 13 Hours by Air
Miss Harkins
 1935 The Affair of Susan
Susan Todd
 1935 Hot Tip
Belle McGill
 1935 She Gets Her Man
 1935 Going Highbrow
Mrs. Upshaw
 1935 Spring Tonic
Maggie Conklin
 1935 Ruggles of Red Gap
Prunella Judson (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1934 The Gay Bride
 1934 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Miss Hazy (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1934 Their Big Moment
Tillie Whim
 1934 Dames
Mathilda Hemingway
 1934 Private Scandal
Miss Coates (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1934 Sing and Like It
Annie Snodgrass
 1934 Love Birds
Araminta Tootle
 1934 Three on a Honeymoon
Alice Mudge
 1934 Two Alone
Esthey Roberts
 1934 The Meanest Gal in Town
Tillie Prescott
 1933 Mr. Skitch
Mrs. Maddie Skitch
 1933 Meet the Baron
Zasu - Upstairs Maid
 1933 Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
Sybby 'Sib'
 1933 Love, Honor and Oh, Baby!
Connie Clark
 1933 Her First Mate
Mary Horner
 1933 Professional Sweetheart
Elmerada de Leon
 1933 One Track Minds (Short)
 1933 Hello, Sister!
 1933 Out All Night
 1933 The Bargain of the Century (Short)
Zasu Pittts
 1933 Maids a la Mode (Short)
Miss Pitts
 1933 Asleep in the Feet (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1932 They Just Had to Get Married
Molly Hull
 1932 Sneak Easily (Short)
Miss Zasu Pitts - Woman of the Jury
 1932 Madison Square Garden
 1932 The Soilers (Short)
 1932 Once in a Lifetime
Miss Leighton
 1932 The Crooked Circle
Nora Rafferty
 1932 Alum and Eve (Short)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies
 1932 Show Business (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1932 Back Street
Mrs. Dole (as Za Su Pitts)
 1932 The Vanishing Frontier
Aunt Sylvia (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1932 Roar of the Dragon
Gabby Woman
 1932 Make Me a Star
Mrs. Scudder (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1932 Is My Face Red?
Morning Gazette Telephone Operator
 1932 The Old Bull (Short)
 1932 Westward Passage
Mrs. Truesdale
 1932 Strangers of the Evening
Sybil Smith
 1932 The Trial of Vivienne Ware
Gladys Fairweather
 1932 Strictly Unreliable (Short)
 1932 Destry Rides Again
Temperance Worker
 1932 Shopworn
 1932 Red Noses (Short)
Miss Pitts
 1932 Steady Company
 1932 Sealskins (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1932 Broken Lullaby
Anna, Holderlin's Maid
 1932 The Unexpected Father
Polly Perkins
 1931 On the Loose (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1931 The Secret Witness
 1931 War Mamas (Short)
 1931 The Guardsman
 1931 The Pajama Party (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1931 Penrod and Sam
Mrs. Bassett
 1931 The Big Gamble
Nora Dugan
 1931 Catch-As Catch-Can (Short)
 1931 Their Mad Moment
Miss Dibbs
 1931 A Woman of Experience
 1931 Let's Do Things (Short)
Zasu Pitts
 1931 Seed
 1931 Beyond Victory
'Mlle' Fritzi Mobley (as ZaSu Pitts)
 1931 Bad Sister
 1931 Finn and Hattie
Mrs. Haddock
 1930 Free Love
Ada, the Maid
 1930 Passion Flower
Mrs. Harney
 1930 The Honeymoon
 1930 Sin Takes a Holiday
 1930 River's End
 1930 War Nurse
 1930 The Lottery Bride
 1930 Monte Carlo
 1930 The Squealer
 1930 Little Accident
 1930 The Devil's Holiday
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
Frau Bäumer - Silent Version Trailer only (scenes deleted)
 1930 Honey
 1930 No, No, Nanette
Pauline Hastings
 1929 This Thing Called Love
Clara Bertrand
 1929 The Locked Door
Telephone Girl (as Zazu Pitts)
 1929 Paris
 1929 Oh, Yeah?
The Elk
 1929 Her Private Life
 1929 The Argyle Case
Mrs. Wyatt
 1929 Twin Beds
 1929 The Squall
 1929 The Dummy
Rose Gleason
 1928 Sunlight (Short)
The Younger Sister
 1928 Sins of the Fathers
Mother Spengler
 1928 The Wedding March
Cecelia Schweisser
 1928 Buck Privates
 1928 13 Washington Square
 1928 Wife Savers
 1927 Casey at the Bat
Camille Gibson
 1926 Her Big Night
Gladys Smith
 1926 Risky Business
Agnes Wheaton
 1926 Sunny Side Up
 1926 Early to Wed
Mrs. Dugan
 1926 Monte Carlo
Hope Durant
 1926 What Happened to Jones?
Hilda (as Zazu Pitts)
 1926 Mannequin
Annie Pogani
 1925 The Great Love
 1925 Wages for Wives
Luella Logan
 1925 Lazybones
Ruth Fanning
 1925 Thunder Mountain
Mandy Coulter
 1925 The Business of Love
Miss Wright
 1925 A Woman's Faith
Blanche Odile
 1925 Pretty Ladies
Maggie Keenan
 1925 Old Shoes
 1925 The Great Divide
Polly Jordan
 1924 Greed
 1924 Secrets of the Night
Celia Stebbins
 1924 The Fast Set
 1924 Wine of Youth
Lucy (scenes deleted)
 1924 Legend of Hollywood
Mary Brown
 1924 Changing Husbands
 1924 Triumph
A Factory Girl
 1924 The Goldfish
Amelia Pugsley
 1924 Daughters of Today
 1923 West of the Water Tower
Dessie Arnhalt
 1923 Tea: With a Kick!
'Brainy' Jones
 1923 Hollywood
Zasu Pitts
 1923 Three Wise Fools
 1923 Mary of the Movies
Zasu Pitts (uncredited)
 1923 The Girl Who Came Back
Anastasia Muldoon
 1923 Souls for Sale
Zasu Pitts
 1923 Poor Men's Wives
Apple Annie
 1922 A Daughter of Luxury
Mary Cosgrove
 1922 Youth to Youth
 1922 For the Defense
Jennie Dunn
 1922 Is Matrimony a Failure?
Mrs. Wilbur
 1921 Patsy
 1920 Heart of Twenty
Katie Abbott
 1920 Bright Skies
 1920 Seeing It Through
Betty Lawrence
 1919 Poor Relations
Daisy Perkins
 1919 The Other Half
Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid
 1919 Better Times
Nancy Scroggs
 1919 Men, Women, and Money
Katie Jones
 1919 As the Sun Went Down
Sal Sue
 1918 A Lady's Name
 1918 The Greatest Thing in Life
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
 1918 A Society Sensation (Short)
 1918 The Pie Eyed Piper (Short)
The Fair Ellen
 1918 How Could You, Jean?
Oscar's Sweetheart
 1918 Who's Your Wife? (Short)
 1917 A Modern Musketeer
A Kansas Belle (uncredited)
 1917 A Little Princess
 1917 '49-'17
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1917 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1917 Why They Left Home (Short)
Mary Mandrake
 1917 Behind the Map (Short)
The Schoolteacher
 1917 O-My the Tent Mover (Short)
Saharah Sarah
 1917 The Battling Bellboy (Short)
The Chambermaid
 1917 Canning the Cannibal King (Short)
Priscilla Potts - the Missionary
 1917 A Match in Quarantine (Short)
 1917 He Had 'em Buffaloed (Short)
Hepsabiah Hardlot
 1917 Discords in 'A' Flat (Short)
 1917 His Fatal Beauty (Short)
 1917 A Desert Dilemma (Short)
 1917 Tillie of the Nine Lives (Short)
 1917 Uneasy Money (Short)
Suza - the Editor's Assistant
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1955) She acted in Sidney Howard's play, "The Late Christopher Bean," at the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, Michigan. Ruth Bailey was founder and artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 11 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Za Su Pitts | ZaSu Pitts | Zazu Pitts


5' 6" (1.68 m)


John Edward Woodall  (her death) | See more »


Rulandus Pitts | Nellie Shay Pitts

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Personal Quote:

I was what they called a feature player, never a star. They say I was in 500 films, everything but the newsreels. See more »


After initially being rejected by the Mack Sennett, Charles Chaplin, and Christie studios, the determined Pitts finally was given a successful screen test and work as a stock player at Universal by the LaSalle and Joker unit. See more »

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