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Zeffie Tilbury

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Zeffie Agnes Lydia Tilbury (November 20, 1863 – July 24, 1950) was an English actress. Tilbury was known first on the London stage and on Broadway in New York City. In 1881, she debuted on stage in Nine Points of the Law at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, England. She is today best known for playing wise or evil older characters in films, such as the distinguished lady gambler at dinner with Garbo in The Single Standard, as the pitiful Grandma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath and Grandma Lester in Tobacco Road. She appeared in over 70 films. Her earliest surviving silent film is the Valentino / Nazimova 1921 production of Camille. Tilbury is probably best remembered as the old lady who is befriended by Spanky and his friends on her birthday and, as a result, is transformed from a lonely, disagreeable recluse to a happy and loving carefree soul in the 1936 Hal Roach Our Gang comedy Second Childhood. In the same year she also portrayed the Gypsy Queen in the Laurel and Hardy film The Bohemian Girl. Tilbury was married twice. First to Arthur Frederick Lewis in June, 1887, and later to L. E. Woodthorpe, who died on April 8, 1915. She died in Los Angeles, California in 1950 at the age of 86.

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Nov 20, 1863 In Paddington, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Camille 1921-09-26
Latest Project:
Movie Sheriff of Tombstone 1941-05-07
Known For
Poster of Tobacco Road
Poster of Federal Bullets
Poster of Rhythm in the Clouds
Poster of Women Must Dress
Movie Sheriff of Tombstone Granny Carson 1941-05-07
Movie Tobacco Road Grandma Lester 1941-02-20
Movie Emergency Squad Mrs. Cobb 1940-01-05
Movie The Earl of Chicago Miss Nana (uncredited) 1940-01-05
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Grandma Joad 1940-03-15
Movie She Couldn't Say No Ma Hawkins 1940-12-07
Movie Boy Trouble Mrs. Jepson 1939-01-27
Movie Tell No Tales Miss Mary 1939-06-12
Movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Mrs. Sanders 1939-04-04
Movie Balalaika Natalya Petrovna 1939-12-15
Movie Lady of the Tropics Woman Congratulating Manon 1939-08-11
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Peril Mrs. Weevens 1938-03-18
Movie Woman Against Woman Grandma 1938-06-24
Movie Kidnapped Old Woman 1938-05-27
Movie Arrest Bulldog Drummond Aunt Meg 1938-11-25
Movie Marie Antoinette Dowager at Birth of Dauphin (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Maid of Salem Goody Hodgers 1937-02-12
Movie Under Cover of Night Mrs. Nash 1937-01-08
Movie Rhythm in the Clouds The Duchess de Lovely 1937-06-21
Movie Bulldog Drummond Escapes Drunk in Jail Cell 1937-01-22
Movie Midnight Taxi Mrs. Lane 1937-04-04
Movie Hideaway Mrs. Beamish 1937-08-13
Movie Federal Bullets Mrs. Crippen 1937-10-29
Movie The King Without a Crown Dying Duchess Marie (uncredited) 1937-10-09
Movie Bulldog Drummond Comes Back Zeffie 1937-09-24
Movie It Happened in Hollywood Miss Gordon 1937-09-07
Movie The White Angel Woman Donating Sheets (uncredited) 1936-06-25
Movie Desire Aunt Olga 1936-04-11
Movie The Gorgeous Hussy Mrs. Daniel Beall 1936-08-28
Movie Give Me Your Heart Esther Warren 1936-09-17
Movie After the Thin Man Aunt Lucy (uncredited) 1936-12-25
Movie Grandma's Buoys Grandma 1936-12-18
Movie Mystery of Edwin Drood The Opium Woman 1935-02-04
Movie Werewolf of London Mrs. Moncaster 1935-05-13
Movie Women Must Dress Peg Martin 1935-02-01
Movie Public Hero Number 1 Deaf Woman in Scottsdale Bar (uncredited) 1935-05-31
Movie Navy Wife Bridge Player 1935-09-17
Movie The Last Days of Pompeii The Wise Woman 1935-10-18
Movie Alice Adams Mrs. Dresser (uncredited) 1935-08-23
Movie Stranded Old Hag (uncredited) 1935-06-29
Movie Two Alone Rogers' Neighbor (uncredited) 1934-01-26
Movie Mystery Liner Granny Plimpton 1934-03-15
Movie Bachelor Bait Miss Turner (uncredited) 1934-07-27
Movie The Ship from Shanghai Lady Daley 1930-01-31
Movie The Single Standard Mrs. Handley 1929-07-27
Movie Camille Prudence 1921-09-26