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Emma Dunn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Emma Dunn (26 February 1875 – 14 December 1966) was an English character actress on the stage and in motion pictures. Emma Dunn appeared onstage in her early teens, graduating to the London stage for several years and later became a noted Broadway actress. She appeared in the first American production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt (1906) with Richard Mansfield as Peer. She played Peer's mother, Ase, even though she was, in real life, 20 years younger than Mansfield. She appeared in three productions for theatre impresario David Belasco: The Warrens of Virginia (1907), The Easiest Way (1909) and The Governor's Lady (1912). In The Easiest Way, Dunn portrayed Annie, who was black, in blackface. In 1913 Dunn appeared in vaudeville. Dunn made her first film in 1914, a silent film of her 1910 stage success, Mother, directed by Maurice Tourneur. This was Tourneur's first American film. Dunn's second film was 1920's Old Lady 31, reprising the role she played in the 1916 Broadway play of the same name. One more silent film followed in 1924, Pied Piper Malone, before she made her talkie debut in Side Street, co-starring the Moore brothers, Matt, Owen and Tom as her sons. Dunn wrote two books on elocution and speech: Thought Quality in the Voice (1933) and You Can Do It (1947). Emma Dunn was born 26 February 1875, in Birkenhead, England, although she sometimes gave her year of birth as 1883. Dunn married Harry Beresford, an actor who was then known professionally as Harry J. Morgan, in Chicago on 4 October 1897. They divorced on 10 February 1909, in New York City. She was awarded sole custody of their young daughter, Dorothy. On 19 May 1909, Dunn married John W. Stokes (John W. S. Sullivan), an actor, playwright and theatrical manager. They subsequently adopted a second daughter, Helen. The couple divorced sometime between 1923 and Stokes' death in 1931. After suffering a heart attack some months before, Dunn died 14 December 1966, in Los Angeles, California, aged 91.

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Feb 26, 1874 In Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Pied Piper Malone 1924-02-04
Latest Project:
Movie The Woman in White 1948-05-07
Known For
Poster of The Hoodlum Saint
Poster of Son of Frankenstein
Poster of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Poster of Flirtation
Movie The Woman in White Mrs. Vesey 1948-05-07
Movie Life with Father Margaret 1947-09-13
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Maggie 1946-04-04
Movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey Doña Mercedes 1944-02-11
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Mrs. Keaver (uncredited) 1944-03-31
Movie My Buddy Mary Ballinger 1944-10-12
Movie Are These Our Parents? Ma Henderson 1944-06-27
Movie Hoosier Holiday Molly Baker 1943-09-13
Movie Minesweeper Mom Smith 1943-11-10
Movie I Married a Witch Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie The Mad Martindales Agnes 1942-05-15
Movie The Talk of the Town Mrs. Shelley 1942-08-20
Movie The Penalty 'Ma' McCormick 1941-03-13
Movie Scattergood Baines Mirandy Baines 1941-02-21
Movie Scattergood Pulls the Strings Mirandy Baines 1941-05-23
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Martha 1941-01-31
Movie The Monster and the Girl Aunt Della 1941-02-28
Movie Scattergood Meets Broadway Mirandy Baines 1941-08-22
Movie Ladies in Retirement Sister Theresa 1941-09-09
Movie Rise and Shine Mrs. Murray 1941-11-21
Movie Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Mrs. Martha Kildare 1941-08-22
Movie Babes on Broadway Mrs. Williams 1941-12-31
Movie Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Mrs. Martha Kildare 1940-04-12
Movie High School Mrs. O'Neill 1940-01-26
Movie You Can't Fool Your Wife Mother Fields 1940-05-21
Movie Little Orvie Mrs. Welty 1940-03-11
Movie Half a Sinner Granny Gladden 1940-04-05
Movie One Crowded Night Ma Matthews 1940-08-09
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Mrs. Martha Kildare 1940-09-06
Movie The Great Dictator Mrs. Jaeckel 1940-10-23
Movie Dance, Girl, Dance Mrs. Simpson 1940-08-30
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Mrs. Martha Kildare 1939-04-28
Movie Son of Frankenstein Amelia 1939-01-13
Movie Each Dawn I Die Mrs. Ross 1939-07-22
Movie Hero for a Day Emmy "Moms" Higgins 1939-10-06
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Mrs. Martha Kildare 1939-11-24
Movie The Llano Kid Doña Teresa 1939-12-08
Movie Three Loves Has Nancy Mrs. Briggs 1938-09-02
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Mrs. Martha Kildare 1938-10-14
Movie Cowboy from Brooklyn Ma Hardy 1938-07-09
Movie Lord Jeff Mrs. Briggs 1938-06-17
Movie Thanks for the Memory Mrs. Platt 1938-11-11
Movie The Duke of West Point Jack's Mother 1938-12-29
Movie The Cowboy and the Lady Ma Hawkins 1938-11-17
Movie When You're in Love Mrs. Hamilton 1937-02-12
Movie Waikiki Wedding Mother 1937-03-23
Movie Circus Girl Molly 1937-03-01
Movie Varsity Show Mrs. Smith 1937-09-04
Movie Madame X Rose, Fleuriot's Houskeeper 1937-10-01
Movie Hideaway Emma Peterson 1937-08-13
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Mrs. Meredith (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie The Harvester Granny Moreland 1936-04-18
Movie Ladies Crave Excitement Mrs. Phelan 1935-06-21
Movie The Glass Key 'Mom' Madvig 1935-06-15
Movie George White's 1935 Scandals Aunt Jane 1935-03-29
Movie The Keeper of the Bees Margaret Campbell 1935-07-14
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate Mrs. Quimby 1935-12-13
Movie Little Big Shot Orphanage Matron 1935-09-07
Movie Another Face Sheila's Mother (uncredited) 1935-12-20
Movie This Is the Life Mrs. Davis 1935-10-07
Movie Dark Hazard Mrs. Mayhew 1934-01-31
Movie The Quitter Cordelia Tilford 1934-02-05
Movie Dr. Monica Mrs. Monahan 1934-06-23
Movie Flirtation Mrs. Poole 1934-11-09
Movie Hard to Handle Mrs. Hawks (uncredited) 1933-01-28
Movie Grand Slam Reporter 1933-02-22
Movie A Man of Sentiment Mrs. John Russell Sr. 1933-09-15
Movie It's Great to Be Alive Mrs. Wilton 1933-07-08
Movie Private Jones Unknown 1933-03-25
Movie Hell's House Emma Clark 1932-01-30
Movie The Broken Lullaby Frau Miller 1932-01-24
Movie The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Mrs. Sarah Cohen 1932-03-27
Movie The Wet Parade Mrs. Chilcote 1932-03-26
Movie Blessed Event Mrs. Roberts 1932-09-10
Movie Letty Lynton Mrs. Darrow 1932-05-13
Movie It's Tough to Be Famous 'Moms' McClenahan 1932-04-02
Movie The Bad Sister Mrs. Madison 1931-03-29
Movie The Prodigal Mrs. Farraday 1931-02-21
Movie Under Eighteen Mrs. Evans (uncredited) 1931-01-02
Movie Too Young to Marry Mrs. Bumpstead 1931-05-03
Movie Bad Company Emma 1931-11-08
Movie This Modern Age Margaret Blake 1931-08-29
Movie The Guilty Generation Nina Palmero 1931-11-19
Movie Morals for Women Mrs. Hutson 1931-10-24
Movie The Texan Señora Doña Marguerita Ibarra 1930-05-10
Movie Manslaughter Miss Bennett 1930-07-22
Movie Side Street Nora O'Farrell 1929-09-14
Movie Pied Piper Malone Mother Malone 1924-02-04