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Mothers, mammies, and old maids : twenty-five character actresses of golden age Hollywood

Author: Axel Nissen; Siân Phillips
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This survey focuses upon the typical roles available to character actresses in classic Hollywood films. Each profile captures the essence of the individual performer's on-screen persona, unique talents and popular appeal--with special emphasis on the actress's single definitive performance. The appendix offers a list of "The Top 100 Performances by Character Actresses in Hollywood, 1930-1960.""--Provided by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Axel Nissen; Siân Phillips
ISBN: 9780786461370 0786461373
OCLC Number: 761369278
Description: viii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Mother, may i? Clara Blandick in Shopworn (1932) --
What a pal: Helen Broderick in Top hat (1935) --
Lady detective: Constance Collier in Shadow of doubt (1935) --
Declassee: Jane Cowl in Payment on demand (1951) --
Mother courage: Henrietta Crosman in Pilgrimage (1933) --
Auntz: Cecil Cunningham in The awful truth (1937) --
Old reliable: Esther Dale in My reputation (1946) --
The dilapidated diva: Marie Dressler in Dinner at eight (1933) --
The last dowager: Isobel Elsom in Ladies in retirement (1941) --
Larger than life: Hope Emerson in Cry of the city (1948) --
Deep freeze: Mary Forbes in You can't take it with you (1938) --
Clothes horse: Marjorie Gateson in Cocktail hour (1933) --
Monster mom: Louise Closser Hale in Another language (1933) --
Madame noir: Ester Howard in Born to kill (1947) --
Asylums and old lace: Josephine Hull in Harvey (1950) --
Maid in America: Patsy Kelly in Private number (1936) --
Grandmommie dearest: Alma Kruger in These three (1936) --
The real thing: Aline MacMahon in Side streets (1934) --
Woman of the people: Beryl Mercer in Outward bound (1930) --
Her girl Friday: Juanita Moore in Imitation of life (1959) --
Killing your babies: Marjorie Rambeau in Slander (1957) --
Big mama: Evelyn Varden in Hilda Crane (1956) --
Grandma from Hell: Queenie Vassar in Primrose path (1940) --
Thoroughly modern mammy: Ethel Waters in The member of the wedding (1952) --
Dowager deluxe: Helen Westley in Splendor (1935) --
Appendix: the 100 top performances by character actresses in Hollywood, 1930-1960.
Responsibility: Axel Nissen ; foreword by Siân Phillips.

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"This survey focuses upon the typical roles available to character actresses in classic Hollywood films. Each profile captures the essence of the individual performer's on-screen persona, unique talents and popular appeal--with special emphasis on the actress's single definitive performance. The appendix offers a list of "The Top 100 Performances by Character Actresses in Hollywood, 1930-1960.""--Provided by publisher.

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