Paula Trueman (1897–1994)

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The delightful twinkle in her eye and that elderly mischievous look coming from the tiniest of frames were unmistakable traits in 1970s and 1980s lightweight films. One of a slew of popular elderly ladies getting their "fifteen minutes" at the time, character actress Paula Trueman was born in 1897 in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph ... See full bio »

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The Outlaw Josey Wales Grandma Sarah
Paint Your Wagon Mrs. Fenty
Dirty Dancing Mrs. Schumacher
Zelig Woman on Telephone


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 1985-1988 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Great Grandma / Aunt Teresa
- The Cutty Black Sow (1988) ... Great Grandma
- Monsters in My Room (1985) ... Aunt Teresa
 1987 Moonstruck
 1987 Leg Work (TV Series)
Fanny Green
- All This and a Gold Card Too (1987) ... Fanny Green
 1987/I Dirty Dancing
Mrs. Schumacher
 1987 Sweet Lorraine
Mrs. Falkman
 1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Mrs. Hammerschmidt
- Beyond Control (1987) ... Mrs. Hammerschmidt
 1986 Seize the Day (TV Movie)
Woman #1
 1986 Say Yes
Lady on Bus
 1986 Classified Love (TV Movie)
Kate's grandmother
 1984 Mrs. Soffel
Mrs. Stevenson
 1984 Grace Quigley
Dorothy Trugert
 1983 Murder Ink (TV Series)
 1983 Zelig
Woman on Telephone
 1983 O'Malley (TV Movie)
Mrs. Douglas
 1982 The Electric Grandmother (TV Movie)
Old Agatha
 1980 Breaking Away (TV Series)
- The Cutters (1980)
 1980 Can't Stop the Music
Stick-up Lady
 1980 OHMS (TV Movie)
Wheeler's Mother
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
Alke Elam
 1979 Billy (TV Series)
- The Prize (1979) ... Gran
- Brief Encounter (1979) ... Gran
- Fathers and Sons (1979) ... Gran
- Computer Dating (1979) ... Gran
- Billy Liar (1979) ... Gran
 1978 The Last Tenant (TV Movie)
Woman in Home
 1977-1978 All My Children (TV Series)
Maggie Flanagan
- Episode #1.2074 (1978) ... Maggie Flanagan
- Episode #1.2070 (1977) ... Maggie Flanagan
 1977 Annie Hall
Street Stranger
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Celia Moore
- An Unfair Trade (1976) ... Celia Moore
 1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales
Grandma Sarah
 1975 The Stepford Wives
Welcome Wagon Lady
 1974 Homebodies
 1971 The Anderson Tapes
Dr. Rubicoff's Nurse
 1969 Paint Your Wagon
Mrs. Fenty
 1963 The Patriots (TV Movie)
Mrs. Conrad
 1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Laura
- The Imposter (1960) ... Aunt Laura
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
- Pickup (1959) ... Lydia
 1957-1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
The Wife / Mrs. Femisch
- Bilko's Grand Hotel (1959) ... The Wife
- Bilko's Merry Widow (1957) ... Mrs. Femisch
 1958 Camera Three (TV Series)
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
- Cry Revenge (1958) ... Katherine (as Paula Truman)
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The House (1957) ... Martha
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Bobbie (1956)
 1955 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
Julie Peterson / Mrs. Peterson / Julie
- Die Fledermaus (1955) ... Mrs. Peterson (as Paula Truman)
- Molly's Dreams (1955) ... Julie Peterson
- Beauty Parlor (1955) ... Julie (as Paula Truman)
- Social Butterfly (1955) ... Julie Peterson
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Edna Earle
- Floodtide (1954) ... Edna Earle
 1953 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Aunt Borghild
- Cousin Luther (1953) ... Aunt Borghild
 1950 Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (1950) ... (as Paula Truman)
 1949 Studio One (TV Series)
Miss Tartlett
- Mary Poppins (1949) ... Miss Tartlett
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Miss Peabody (uncredited)
 1934 Crime Without Passion
Buster Malloy (uncredited)
 1930 The Age of Innocence (Short)
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Stage Play: Grand Street Follies. Musical revue. Music by Lily Heyland, Arthur Schwartz and Randall Thompson. Book by Agnes Morgan. Lyrics by Agnes Morgan. Music orchestrated by Randall Thompson. Musical Direction by Howard Barlow. Featuring songs with lyrics by Albert Carroll, Robert A. Simon and Theodore Goodwin. Additional music by ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Paula Truman


Harold Sterner  (his death)


Joseph Trueman | Eva Cohn Trueman

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Aged around 90, Trueman collapsed on the set of Dirty Dancing (1987) and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital where she was treated for dehydration and released. She later completed filming. See more »

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