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Lucile Watson (1879–1962)


Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help anyone who gathered up the courage to take them on. A ... See full bio »

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Known For

Watch on the Rhine
Watch on the Rhine Fanny Farrelly
(1943)
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge Louisa Bradley
(1946)
The Women
The Women Mrs. Morehead
(1939)
The Emperor Waltz
The Emperor Waltz Princess Bitotska
(1948)

Filmography

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 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Lloyd Minster
- A Favor for a Friend (1954) ... Mrs. Lloyd Minster
 1952 Juliette Low and the Girl Scouts (TV Movie)
Juliette Low
 1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Years of Grace (1952)
 1951 My Forbidden Past
Aunt Eula Beaurevel
 1950-1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Partnership (1951)
- The Chair (1950)
 1950 Harriet Craig
Celia Fenwick
 1950 Let's Dance
Serena Everett
 1949 Everybody Does It
Mrs. Blair
 1949 Little Women
Aunt March
 1948 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Dowey
- The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1948) ... Mrs. Dowey
 1948 That Wonderful Urge
Anut Cornelia Farley
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
Mrs. Packett
 1948 The Emperor Waltz
Princess Bitotska
 1947 Ivy
Mrs. Gretorex
 1946 The Razor's Edge
Louisa Bradley
 1946 Song of the South
Grandmother
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Mrs. Hamilton
 1946 My Reputation
Mrs. Mary Kimball
 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
Aunt Jessica Hamilton (as Lucille Watson)
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
Mrs. Charles
 1944 Till We Meet Again
Mother Superior
 1944 Uncertain Glory
Mme. Maret
 1943 Watch on the Rhine
Fanny Farrelly
 1941 Model Wife
J.J. Benson
 1941 The Great Lie
Aunt Ada Greenfield
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Mrs. Archer
 1941 Rage in Heaven
Mrs. Monrell
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Custer
 1940 Florian
Countess
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Lady Margaret Cronin
 1939 The Women
Mrs. Morehead
 1939 Made for Each Other
Mrs. Harriet Mason
 1938 Sweethearts
Mrs. Marlowe
 1938 The Young in Heart
Mrs. Jennings
 1938 Little Me (Short)
 1936 Three Smart Girls
Martha
 1936 A Woman Rebels
Betty Bumble
 1936 The Garden of Allah
Mother Superior Josephine
 1935 The Bishop Misbehaves
Lady Emily
 1934 What Every Woman Knows
La Contessa la Brierre
 1934 Men in Black (Short)
Nurse (uncredited)
 1934 The Inventors (Short)
Miss Tiddlebaum
 1930 The Royal Family of Broadway
Actress Backstage (uncredited)
 1916 The Girl with the Green Eyes
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Eternal Magdalene. Written by Robert McLaughlin. 48th Street Theatre: 1 Nov 1915- Jan 1916 (closing date unknown/88 performances). Cast: Julia Arthur, Claire Burke, Frank Byrne, Emmett Corrigan, E.M. Dresser, Alphonse Ethier, Harry Harwood, Robert Hudson, Arnold Lucy, William J. Phinney, Louise Randolph, Lowell Sherman, ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Lucille Watson
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Personal Quote:

Not a single manager in New York had faith in me. They all said: 'Oh, why not go on being yourself? It is foolish to try to play other sorts of roles,' not realizing that I wasn't being myself at all. That person they saw on the stage was not I. It was something which I had created, and one day I found myself almost in the position of Frankenstein. It wasn't I, but it was a strong as I, and in ... See more »

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Appeared in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Three Smart Girls (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943) and The Razor's Edge (1946). See more »

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