Norma Varden (1898–1989)

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The daughter of a retired sea captain and his much-younger wife, actress Norma Varden was born and raised in turn-of-the-century London. A piano prodigy, she studied in Paris and appeared in concert in England during her teenage years. Acting, however, became her career of choice, studying at the Guildhall School of Music. She took her very first ... See full bio »

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Known For

Strangers on a Train Mrs. Cunningham
Witness for the Prosecution Mrs. Emily Jane French
The Sound of Music Frau Schmidt


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (165 credits)
 1969 Doc (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dobson
 1969 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Mrs. Van Ransohoff
- Problem Bear (1969) ... Mrs. Van Ransohoff
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie)
 1968 The Impossible Years
Dr. Jenkins (uncredited)
 1967 Doctor Dolittle
Lady Fetherington
 1966 Bewitched (TV Series)
Mrs. Lucille Dumont
- Oedipus Hex (1966) ... Mrs. Lucille Dumont
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Mrs. Monteagle
- Batman Stands Pat (1966) ... Mrs. Monteagle (credit only)
- The Thirteenth Hat (1966) ... Mrs. Monteagle
 1965 Two's Company (TV Movie)
Lady ordering drink at party (uncredited)
 1965 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series)
Aunt Penny
- Crackerby's Unfinished Symphony (1965) ... Aunt Penny
 1965 A Very Special Favor
Mother Plum
 1965 The Sound of Music
Frau Schmidt
 1964 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Van Vlack
- Lucy Gets Her Maid (1964) ... Mrs. Van Vlack
 1961-1964 Hazel (TV Series)
Harriet Johnson
- High Finance Hits a New Low (1964) ... Harriet Johnson
- Such a Nice Little Man (1964) ... Harriet Johnson
- Hazel and the Model T (1964) ... Harriet Johnson
- All Hazel Is Divided Into Three Parts (1963) ... Harriet Johnson
- Hazel's Navy Blue Tug-Boats (1963) ... Harriet Johnson
 1964 Kisses for My President
Miss Dinsendorff (uncredited)
 1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Winifred Wileen
- The Case of the Illicit Illusion (1964) ... Winifred Wileen
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Sonia Van Creel
- The Day of the Flying Dutchman (1963) ... Sonia Van Creel
 1963 Island of Love
Wife in Nightclub (uncredited)
 1963 13 Frightened Girls
Miss Pittford
 1962 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Lady Wellington
- Operation: Dinner Party (1962) ... Lady Wellington
 1959-1962 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mrs. Barton / Mrs. Murdock / Woman
- Grandpa Pygmalion (1962) ... Mrs. Barton
- The Swedish Girl (1961) ... Mrs. Murdock
- Luke Gets a Job (1959) ... Woman
 1962 The Third Man (TV Series)
Caroline Westerbury
- Queen of the Nile (1962) ... Caroline Westerbury
 1962 Rome Adventure
Dean of Briarcroft College for Women (uncredited)
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ma Nutley
- The Wooing of Abigail Jones (1962) ... Ma Nutley
 1961 Five Minutes to Live
Priscilla Auerbach
 1960-1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Mrs. Hotchkiss / Maude Courtright
- The Unremembered (1961) ... Mrs. Hotchkiss
- The Affairs of Adam Gallante (1960) ... Maude Courtright
 1961 Holiday Lodge (TV Series)
Mrs. Strong
- Johnny's Good Deed (1961) ... Mrs. Strong
 1961 Dante (TV Series)
Harriet Tunstall
- Light Lady, Dark Room (1961) ... Harriet Tunstall
 1961 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- Sorority House (1961) ... Mrs. Davis
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Mrs. Wendell
- Londonderry Heiress (1961) ... Mrs. Wendell
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Lester
- Secret Admirer (1960) ... Mrs. Lester
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
- The Schartz-Metterklume Method (1960) ... Jenny (uncredited)
 1960 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
- The Regency Club (1960) ... Viscountess
 1959-1960 The Betty Hutton Show (TV Series)
Aunt Louise
- Roy Runs Away (1960) ... Aunt Louise
- Art for Goldie's Sake (1959) ... Aunt Louise
 1959 The Miracle
Mrs. MacGregor (uncredited)
 1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Miss Gompers
- Susanna, the Babysitter (1959) ... Miss Gompers
 1958 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Mrs. Alma Teasely
- For the Love of Mink (1958) ... Mrs. Alma Teasely
- For the Love of Art (1958) ... Mrs. Alma Teasely
 1958 The Buccaneer
Madame Hilaire
 1958 In the Money
Dowager (uncredited)
 1957 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
- A Guest from England (1957) ... Mother
 1957 Witness for the Prosecution
Mrs. Emily Jane French
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
Mrs. Appleton
- The Blue Tie (1957) ... Mrs. Appleton
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Miss Waterman
- Pit-a-Pit and the Dragon (1957) ... Miss Waterman
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
Mrs. Weddington-Brown
- The Social Crowd (1957) ... Mrs. Weddington-Brown
 1957 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Head Nurse / Mrs. Masters
- Emergency (1957) ... Head Nurse
- Louise (1957) ... Mrs. Masters
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Arms and the Man (1957)
 1956 The Lineup (TV Series)
Mrs. Gordon
- The Paper Millionaire Case (1956) ... Mrs. Gordon
 1956 Sneak Preview (TV Series)
- Just Plain Folks (1956)
 1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Passenger (uncredited)
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Mrs. Bristow
- The Bowery Bishop (1956) ... Mrs. Bristow (uncredited)
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Sylvester
- One Life (1956) ... Mrs. Sylvester
 1956 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Wealthy Art Patron
- The Sculpture Show (1956) ... Wealthy Art Patron
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Sharpe
- His Maiden Voyage (1955) ... Lady Sharpe
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
 1955 Those Whiting Girls (TV Series)
Miss LaVerne
- Barbara Goes to Charm School (1955) ... Miss LaVerne
 1955 Your Play Time (TV Series)
 1954-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Tarmigan
- Uncle Fred Flits By (1955) ... Mrs. Tarmigan
- Indian Taker (1954)
 1955 Willy (TV Series)
 1954-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
 1955 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Miss Quincey
- The Children's Governess (1955) ... Miss Quincey
 1954 Meet Corliss Archer (TV Series)
The Maid
- The Archers Get a Maid (1954) ... The Maid
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Roman Matron (uncredited)
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. MacDowell
- Pretending Makes It So (1954) ... Mrs. MacDowell
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
Woman at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Chair for a Lady (1954) ... Aunt
 1954 Elephant Walk
Shop Customer (uncredited)
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
- Two Tickets (1954)
 1953-1954 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Brad's Mother / Nominating Committee Wife
- Mothers-in-Law (1954) ... Brad's Mother
- Brad's Moustache (1953) ... Nominating Committee Wife
 1953 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Mabel McCredy
- A Ghost for Scotland Yard (1953) ... Mabel McCredy
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Emily Lanchelm
- Freddie's Formula (1953) ... Emily Lanchelm
 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Lady Beekman
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Snake (1953)
 1953 Loose in London
Aunt Agatha
 1953 Young Bess
Lady Tyrwhitt
 1953 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Mrs. Benson
- The Ricardos Change Apartments (1953) ... Mrs. Benson
 1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Mrs. Wentworth
- Silent Butler (1952) ... Mrs. Wentworth
 1952 Something for the Birds
Congresswoman Bates (uncredited)
 1952 Les Miserables
Madame Courbet (uncredited)
 1952 Washington Story (uncredited)
 1951 The Highwayman
Dowager at Ball (uncredited)
 1951 Thunder on the Hill
 1951 Strangers on a Train
Mrs. Cunningham
 1950 Fancy Pants
Lady Maude
 1949 The Secret Garden
 1949 Adventure in Baltimore
H. H. Hamilton
 1948 Let's Live a Little
Nurse Brady
 1948 Hollow Triumph
Mrs. Gerry (uncredited)
 1948 The Amazing Mr. X
Wealthy-Looking Woman (uncredited)
 1948 My Own True Love
Red Cross Nurse (uncredited)
 1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet
Woman at Banquet (uncredited)
 1947 Where There's Life
Mabel Jones
 1947 Forever Amber
Mrs. Abbott (uncredited)
 1947 Thunder in the Valley
Lady Eleanor (uncredited)
 1947 Ivy
Joan Rodney (uncredited)
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Mrs. Wilmer Dawson
 1947 Millie's Daughter
Mrs. Sarah Harris
 1946 The Searching Wind
Mrs. Hayworth
 1946 The Green Years
Mrs. Bosomley
 1945 Hold That Blonde!
Flora Carteret
 1945 Girls of the Big House
Mrs. Thelma Holt
 1945 The Cheaters
Mattie Tate (uncredited)
 1945 Those Endearing Young Charms
Mrs. Woods, Hall's Floor Lady
 1945 Bring on the Girls
Aunt Martha
 1944 National Velvet
Miss Sims
 1944 Mademoiselle Fifi
The Wholesaler's Wife
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Mrs. Bland
 1943 What a Woman!
Miss Timmons
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Margaret, Morley's Cook (uncredited)
 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
Gracie - Barmaid (uncredited)
 1943 The Good Fellows
Mrs. Drayton
 1943 Dixie
Mrs. LaPlant (uncredited)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Opera Singer (uncredited)
 1942 Johnny Doughboy
Miss Penticott (uncredited)
 1942 Random Harvest
 1942 Casablanca
Wife of Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Mrs. Osborne
 1942 The Glass Key
Henrys' Dinner Guest (uncredited)
 1942 Flying with Music
Miss Mullens
 1942 We Were Dancing
Mrs. Bryce-Carew
 1941 Glamour Boy
Mrs. Lee
 1941 Road to Zanzibar
Clara Kimble (uncredited)
 1941 Scotland Yard
Lady Heathcote
 1941 Mr. District Attorney
Hat Saleswoman (uncredited)
 1940 The Mad Doctor
Charity Bazaar Woman (uncredited)
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Hostess at Restaurant (uncredited)
 1940 The Earl of Chicago
Maureen Kilmount
 1939 Shipyard Sally
Lady Patricia Randall
 1939 Home from Home
Mrs. Fairweather
 1939 Little Ladyship (TV Movie)
Mrs. Cynthia Bigley
 1938 Everything Happens to Me
Mrs. Prodder
 1938 You're the Doctor
Lady Beatrice
 1938 Fools for Scandal
Cicely Trevel (uncredited)
 1937 Rhythm Racketeer
Mrs. Della Nash
 1937 Make-Up
 1937 Strange Adventures of Mr. Smith
Mrs. Broadbent
 1937 The Lilac Domino (uncredited)
 1937 Wanted!
Mrs. Smithers
 1937 Fire Over England
Elena's Governess (uncredited)
 1936 Windbag the Sailor
Olivia Potter-Porter
 1936 East Meets West
Lady Mallory
 1936 Where There's a Will
Lady Wimpleton
 1936 The Amazing Adventure (uncredited)
 1936/II Music Hath Charms
 1935 Get Off My Foot
Mrs. Rawlingcourt
 1935 Foreign Affaires
Mrs. Hardy Hornett
 1935 Stormy Weather
Mrs. Dulcie Bullock
 1935 Boys Will Be Boys
Lady Dorking
 1935 The Student's Romance
Dora Streudelmeier, Karl's Aunt
 1935 Mimi
Madame Durand (uncredited)
 1934 Dirty Work
Tiara Customer (uncredited)
 1934 The Iron Duke
Duchess of Richmond
 1934 Evergreen
Barmaid (uncredited)
 1933 Turkey Time
Ernestine Stoatt
 1933 Happy
Miss Stone, Secretary with Glasses (uncredited)
 1933 Crime on the Hill
Editor's Secretary (uncredited)
 1932 A Night Like This
Mrs. Tuckett (uncredited)
 1931 The Chance of a Night Time
Mrs. Rashley-Butcher (uncredited)
 1922 The Glorious Adventure
Court Lady (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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I never got used to the way one is cast here [in America]. It's based on one's salary. If your agent can get you so much per week, then you are considered only for parts that are budgeted at that amount...I don't mean to sound ungrateful for the success I've had in American films, but this system is so limiting for serious actors.


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