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Jessie Ralph

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jessie Ralph (born Jessie Ralph Chambers, November 5, 1864 – May 30, 1944) was an American stage and screen actress, best known for her matronly roles in many classic motion pictures. She was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1864. She made her acting debut in 1880, at the age of sixteen. She made it to Broadway, where George M. Cohan cast her in many of his musicals, but she also excelled at dramatic roles. Although she made her Hollywood debut in 1916, in a motion picture career that would eventually span 25 years, she only became a permanent Hollywood actress in 1933. She was nearly 70 at this time, so her roles were limited to matronly roles, but her expertise at stealing scenes captured the imagination of cinema-goers of the time. Her best-known roles are as Greta Garbo's maid in Camille, as W.C. Fields' battle-axe of a mother-in-law in The Bank Dick, as Myrna Loy's supercilious aunt Katherine in After the Thin Man, and as Nurse Peggotty in David Copperfield. She starred in 55 movies altogether, 52 between 1933 and 1941. Jessie Ralph retired from Hollywood in 1941, after her leg was amputated. She died four years later in her home town of Gloucester at the age of 79. She was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Nov 5, 1864 In Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Child of Manhattan 1933-02-11
Latest Project:
Movie They Met in Bombay 1941-06-27
Known For
Poster of Drums Along the Mohawk
Poster of Hold That Kiss
Poster of Love Is a Headache
Poster of Nana
Movie They Met in Bombay Duchess of Beltravers 1941-06-27
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Mrs. McGuinness 1941-04-11
Movie The Blue Bird Fairy Berylune 1940-01-15
Movie Star Dust Aunt Martha Parker 1940-04-06
Movie The Girl from Avenue A Mrs. Van Dyne 1940-08-09
Movie The Bank Dick Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch 1940-11-29
Movie I Want a Divorce Grandma Brokaw 1940-09-20
Movie Cafe Society Mrs. De Witt 1939-03-03
Movie Four Girls in White Miss Tobias 1939-01-27
Movie St. Louis Blues Aunt Tibbie 1939-02-03
Movie The Kid From Texas Aunt Minetta 1939-04-14
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Mrs. Weaver 1939-11-10
Movie Mickey the Kid Veronica Hudson 1939-07-03
Movie Love Is a Headache Sheriff Janet Winfield 1938-01-14
Movie Port of Seven Seas Honorine 1938-07-01
Movie Hold That Kiss Aunt Lucy 1938-05-13
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney The Duchess of Ebley 1937-02-19
Movie The Good Earth Cuckoo 1937-06-02
Movie Double Wedding Mrs. Kensington-Bly 1937-10-15
Movie The Romance of Celluloid Self 1937-08-26
Movie The Unguarded Hour Lady Agatha Hathaway 1936-04-10
Movie Yellow Dust Mrs. Brian 1936-03-12
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Applewoman 1936-03-06
Movie The Garden Murder Case Mrs. Hammle 1936-02-21
Movie Bunker Bean Grandmother 1936-06-26
Movie Camille Nanine 1936-12-26
Movie San Francisco Mrs. Maisie Burley 1936-06-26
Movie After the Thin Man Aunt Katherine Forrest 1936-12-25
Movie Walking on Air Evelyn Bennett 1936-09-11
Movie Les Misérables Madame Magloire 1935-04-20
Movie Mark of the Vampire Midwife 1935-04-26
Movie David Copperfield Clara Peggotty 1935-01-18
Movie Paris in Spring Countess de Charelle 1935-05-27
Movie Enchanted April Mrs. Phoebe Fisher 1935-02-01
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Lady Mullion 1935-03-01
Movie Jalna Gran Whiteoaks 1935-08-09
Movie Captain Blood Mrs. Barlow 1935-12-26
Movie I Found Stella Parish Nana 1935-11-14
Movie I Live My Life Mrs. O.H.B. Gage, Kay's Grandmother 1935-10-04
Movie Metropolitan Charwoman 1935-10-17
Movie Coming Out Party Nora 1934-03-09
Movie Nana Zoe 1934-02-01
Movie Murder at the Vanities Mrs. Helene Smith 1934-05-18
Movie One Night of Love Angelina 1934-09-15
Movie The Affairs of Cellini Beatrice 1934-08-24
Movie Evelyn Prentice Mrs. Blake 1934-11-09
Movie We Live Again Matrona Pavlovna 1934-11-01
Movie Child of Manhattan Aunt Minnie 1933-02-11
Movie Ann Carver's Profession Terry 1933-06-09
Movie Cocktail Hour Princess de Longville 1933-06-05