May Whitty (1865–1948)


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Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865, to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world. She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre and then began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock company. After nearly 25 years as one of Britain's ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Known For

The Lady Vanishes Miss Froy
(1938)
Night Must Fall Mrs. Bramson
(1937)
Gaslight Miss Thwaites
(1944)
Suspicion Mrs. McLaidlaw
(1941)

Filmography

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 1948 The Return of October
Aunt Martha Grant (as Dame May Whitty)
 1948 The Sign of the Ram
Clara Brastock (as Dame May Whitty)
 1947 If Winter Comes
Mrs. Perch (as Dame May Whitty)
 1947 This Time for Keeps
Grandmother Cambaretti (as Dame May Whitty)
 1947 Green Dolphin Street
Mother Superior (as Dame May Whitty)
 1946 Devotion
Lady Thornton (as Dame May Whitty)
 1945 My Name Is Julia Ross
Mrs. Hughes (as Dame May Whitty)
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Nanny (as Dame May Whitty)
 1944 Gaslight
Miss Thwaites (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Madame Curie
Madame Eugene Curie (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Lady Pamela Hardwick (Episode 2) (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Lassie Come Home
Dally (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
May Whitty (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Lady Longborough (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Crash Dive
Grandmother (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Baba (as Dame May Whitty)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mrs. Lucy Trimble (as Dame May Whitty)
 1942 Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air
Lady Jane Stackhouse (as Dame May Whitty)
 1942 Mrs. Miniver
Lady Beldon (as Dame May Whitty)
 1941 Suspicion
Mrs. McLaidlaw (as Dame May Whitty)
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
Florence (as Dame May Whitty)
 1940 A Bill of Divorcement
Aunt Hester Fairfield (as Dame May Whitty)
 1940 Return to Yesterday
Mrs. Truscott (as Dame May Whitty)
 1939 Raffles
Lady Melrose (as Dame May Whitty)
 1939 Rake's Progress (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mead - Wilkes' Mother-in-Law (as Dame May Whitty)
 1939 The Royal Family of Broadway (TV Movie)
Fanny Cavendish (as Dame May Whitty)
 1939 Mary Rose (TV Movie)
Mrs. Morland (as Dame May Whitty)
 1938 The Lady Vanishes
Miss Froy (as Dame May Whitty)
 1938 Parnell (TV Movie)
Aunt Caroline (as Dame May Whitty)
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Aunt William (as Dame May Whitty)
 1937 Conquest
Laetitia Bonaparte (as Dame May Whitty)
 1937 The Thirteenth Chair
Mme. Rosalie La Grange (as Dame May Whitty)
 1937 Night Must Fall
Mrs. Bramson (as Dame May Whitty)
 1936 Keep Your Seats, Please!
Aunt Georgina Withers (uncredited)
 1920 Colonel Newcombe, the Perfect Gentleman
Mrs. Mackenzie (as Dame May Whitty)
 1915 The Little Minister
Nanny Webster (as Dame May Whitty)
 1914 Enoch Arden
Miriam Lane
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Other Works:

(9/18/24-11/24) Stage: Appeared in Channing Pollock's play, "The Fool," at the Apollo Theatre in London, England, with Henry Ainley, Mary Merrall, F. Bellamy, Clare Harris, Morton Selton, Julian Royce, Sara Sothern and Olga Lindo in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame May Whitty | Miss May Whitty

Spouse:

Ben Webster  (his death)  (1 child)
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Personal Quote:

I've got everything Betty Grable has - only I've had it longer. See more »

Trivia:

During the 1940s she starred in three films for which the leading lady won a Best Actress Oscar: Joan Fontaine for Suspicion (1941), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), and Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight (1944). See more »

Nickname:

Old Faithful

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