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Kate Bruce (I) (1860–1946)

A D.W. Griffith favorite matriarchal figure often playing mother characters. Kate Bruce appeared 292 times on the screen from 1908 to 1930, in movies including Intolerance (1916), The Idol Dancer (1920), Way Down East (1920), The Eternal Mother (1912), and Orphans of the Storm (1921). She was a close friend of actresses Lillian Gish and Dorothy ... See full bio »

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Known For

Gretchen the Greenhorn Widow Garrity
The White Rose John's Aunt
In a Hempen Bag The Nursemaid
The Broken Locket Ruth's Mother


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 1931 The Struggle
Granny (uncredited)
 1929 The Flying Fool
Mrs. Riley - Pat's Mother
 1927 A Bowery Cinderella
Bridget Denahy
 1927 Ragtime
Mrs. Mason
 1927 The Secret Studio
Ma Merton
 1927 Are Brunettes Safe? (Short)
 1925 I Want My Man
Mrs. Eyre
 1924 His Darker Self
Claude's Mother
 1923 The White Rose
John's Aunt
 1921 Orphans of the Storm
Sister Genevieve
 1921 Experience
 1921 The City of Silent Men
Mrs. Montgomery
 1920 Flying Pat
Old Lady
 1920 Way Down East
Mrs. Bartlett
 1920 Mary Ellen Comes to Town
Mary Ellen's mother
 1920 The Idol Dancer
Mrs. Blythe
 1919 Scarlet Days
The Aunt
 1919 True Heart Susie
Bettina's Aunt
 1919 The Girl Who Stayed at Home
Mrs. Edward Grey
 1919 A Romance of Happy Valley
Mrs. Logan
 1918 The Greatest Thing in Life
Jeannette's Aunt
 1918 Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal (Short)
Lillian's Mother
 1918 The Hun Within
Beth's Mother
 1918 Hearts of the World
The Mother of the Boy
 1917 The Stainless Barrier
Aunt Ruth Shelton
 1917 Time Locks and Diamonds
 1917 Madame Bo-Peep
Aunt Sophie
 1917 A Woman's Awakening
Mrs. Letchworth
 1917 Betsy's Burglar
Mrs. Randall
 1917 A Girl Like That
Clergyman's wife (uncredited)
 1916 The House Built Upon Sand
David's Housekeeper
 1916 The Microscope Mystery
Mrs. Simpson
 1916 Intolerance
Old Babylonian Mother / The City Mother (uncredited)
 1916 Gretchen the Greenhorn
Widow Garrity
 1916 The Marriage of Molly-O
Mrs. Malarkey
 1916 Susan Rocks the Boat
Mrs. Randolph Johnstone>
 1915 Civilization
A Mother
 1915 The Tides of Retribution (Short)
Virginia's Mother
 1915 The Old and the New (Short)
The Bookkeeper's Wife
 1915 A Lasting Lesson (Short)
The Mother
 1915 The Soul of Pierre (Short)
 1915 The Rehearsal (Short)
Mrs. King - Cecil's Mother
 1915 Twice Won (Short)
The Villager
 1915 East Lynne (Short)
Mrs. Hare
 1915 Jane Eyre (Short)
 1915 The Drab Sister (Short)
Mrs. Sheldon - the Mother
 1915 The Smuggler's Ward (Short)
Mrs. Morton
 1915 Captain Fracasse (Short)
Madame Leonarde
 1915 Felix Holt (Short)
Mrs. Holt
 1915 When Hearts Are Young (Short)
The Widow Prentice
 1915 One Hundred Dollars (Short)
The Nurse
 1915 Lorna Doone (Short)
John Ridd's Mother
 1915/I His Brother's Keeper (Short)
The Mother
 1915 His Desperate Deed (Short)
Grant's Mother
 1915/I After the Storm (Short)
Dorcas Cooper
 1915 The Call of Her Child (Short)
The Friend's Mother
 1915 His Romany Wife (Short)
Travers' Mother
 1915 Heart's Hunger (Short)
The Magazine Writer's Wife
 1915 The Lady of Dreams (Short)
Bobby's Mother
 1915 The Girl He Brought Home (Short)
His mother
 1915 Playthings of Fate (Short)
The Governess
 1914 The House of Silence (Short)
The Nurse
 1914 The Way Home (Short)
The Boy's Mother
 1914 On the Heights (Short)
Walpurga's Mother
 1914 And She Never Knew (Short)
The Sister
 1914 A Mother's Way (Short)
The Mother
 1914 The Child Thou Gavest Me (Short)
Mrs. Morris
 1914 The Dole of Destiny (Short)
The Valley Girl's Mother
 1914 The Tides of Sorrow (Short)
Ford's Mother
 1914 Their Soldier Boy (Short)
The Mother
 1914 His Mother's Home (Short)
 1914 A Lesson in Mechanics (Short)
 1914 A Bit of Human Driftwood (Short)
 1914 The Honor of the Law (Short)
Mrs. Allen - Bert's Mother
 1914 The Science of Crime (Short)
Mrs. Blackwell - the Mother
 1914 Her Mother's Weakness (Short)
The Mother
 1914 The Scar (Short)
 1914 Judith of Bethulia
Marah - Judith's Servant
 1914 A Nest Unfeathered (Short)
Kate's Mother
 1914 As It Might Have Been (Short)
 1914 The Mystery of the Milk (Short)
 1913 The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (Short)
Settler (uncredited)
 1913 The Wedding Gown (Short)
 1913 Her Wedding Bell (Short)
Mrs. Thayer, the Young Woman's Mother
 1913 The Stopped Clock (Short)
The Mother
 1913 For the Son of the House (Short)
In Garment Factory (uncredited)
 1913 The Strong Man's Burden (Short)
Bob & John's Mother
 1913 The Work Habit (Short)
The Street Sweeper's Wife
 1913 The Enemy's Baby (Short)
Sam Miller's Wife
 1913 The Mothering Heart (Short)
Young Wife's Mother
 1913 Death's Marathon (Short)
The Nanny
 1913 Just Gold (Short)
The Mother
 1913 Olaf-An Atom (Short)
Olaf's Mother
 1913 The Yaqui Cur (Short)
Strongheart's Mother
 1913 The House of Darkness (Short)
A Patient (uncredited)
 1913 The Stolen Loaf (Short)
The Poor Man's Wife
 1913/II The Wanderer (Short)
The Old Woman
 1913 A Misunderstood Boy (Short)
The Mother
 1913 A Frightful Blunder (Short)
The Young Woman's Mother
 1913 The Little Tease (Short)
The Little Tease's Mother
 1913 An 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Troupe (Short)
In Second Audience
 1913 The Perfidy of Mary (Short)
Mary's Mother
 1913 The Sheriff's Baby (Short)
A Settler
 1913 The Unwelcome Guest (Short)
The Old Wife
 1913 A Girl's Stratagem (Short)
The Girl's Mother
 1913 Drink's Lure (Short)
Salvation Anne
 1913 The Tender Hearted Boy (Short)
The Tender-Hearted Boy's mother
 1913 The Telephone Girl and the Lady (Short)
The Lady's Friend
 1912 My Hero (Short)
The Young Woman's Mother
 1912 The New York Hat (Short)
Mrs. Goodhue - Mollie's Mother
 1912 The Informer (Short)
The Mother
 1912 My Baby (Short)
Wedding Guest
 1912 Heredity (Short)
The Indian Woman
 1912 The Painted Lady (Short)
The Attendant
 1912 The One She Loved (Short)
The Neighbor's Wife
 1912 A Feud in the Kentucky Hills (Short)
The Mother
 1912 Tragedy of the Dress Suit (Short)
At Party
 1912 A Child's Remorse (Short)
The Governess
 1912 The Would-Be Shriner (Short)
Hank Hopkins' Wife
 1912 His Own Fault (Short)
Mrs. Brown
 1912 An Indian Summer (Short)
The Widow
 1912 A Dash Through the Clouds (Short)
Old Mexican Woman
 1912 The Spirit Awakened (Short)
The Young Woman's Invalid Mother
 1912 Lena and the Geese (Short)
 1912 Home Folks (Short)
The Young Woman's Mother
 1912/I A Close Call (Short)
 1912 When Kings Were the Law (Short)
At Court (uncredited)
 1912 The Furs (Short)
The Husband's Mother
 1912 When the Fire-Bells Rang (Short)
In Audience
 1912 The Old Actor (Short)
The Old Actor's Wife
 1912 The Fickle Spaniard (Short)
In Chase
 1912 The Leading Man (Short)
The Landlady
 1912 One Is Business, the Other Crime (Short)
First Maid
 1912 The Brave Hunter (Short)
In Lodge
 1912 Won by a Fish (Short)
The Maid
 1912 Just Like a Woman (Short)
The Maid
 1912 The Punishment (Short)
The Mother
 1912 Hot Stuff (Short)
Hank's Sweetheart's Mother
 1912 Iola's Promise (Short)
An Indian (uncredited)
 1912 A String of Pearls (Short)
The Poor Woman's Mother
 1912 The Sunbeam (Short)
Sunbeam's Mamma
 1912 The Transformation of Mike (Short)
The Neighbor
 1912 With a Kodak (Short)
Mrs. Hobbs
 1912 The Eternal Mother (Short)
The Old Woman
 1912 The Engagement Ring (Short)
Alice's Mother
 1912 The Baby and the Stork (Short)
The Nurse
 1911 The Voice of the Child (Short)
The Maid
 1911 A Terrible Discovery (Short)
The Housekeeper
 1911 Through Darkened Vales (Short)
Cleaning Woman
 1911 The Battle (Short)
In the Town (uncredited)
 1911 The Long Road (Short)
Mother Superior
 1911 The Adventures of Billy (Short)
The Maid
 1911 The Making of a Man (Short)
In First Audience
 1911 Her Awakening (Short)
The Crippled Mother
 1911 The Squaw's Love (Short)
 1911 The Baron (Short)
Woman at License Bureau
 1911 The Villain Foiled (Short)
Miss Page's Mother
 1911 Swords and Hearts (Short)
At Lambert House (uncredited)
 1911 The Rose of Kentucky (Short)
The Housekeeper
 1911 The Ruling Passion (Short)
One of the Servants
 1911 The Last Drop of Water (Short)
In Wagon Train
 1911 A Country Cupid (Short)
Edith's Mother
 1911 Fighting Blood (Short)
The Old Soldier's Wife
 1911 The Crooked Road (Short)
A Neighbor
 1911 The Manicure Lady (Short)
First Customer's Wife
 1911 The New Dress (Short)
A Friend
 1911 In the Days of '49 (Short)
At Train Station
 1911 The Two Sides (Short)
The Mexican Laborer's Wife
 1911 How She Triumphed (Short)
 1911 His Mother's Scarf (Short)
The Girl's Mother
 1911 A Knight of the Road (Short)
2nd Servant
 1911 Paradise Lost (Short)
Pete's Wife
 1911 Priscilla and the Umbrella (Short)
The Maid
 1911 The Spanish Gypsy (Short)
Pepita's Mother
 1911 Teaching Dad to Like Her (Short)
Outside Theatre
 1911 His Daughter (Short)
The Neighbor
 1911 Heart Beats of Long Ago (Short)
At the Ball
 1911 Three Sisters (Short)
The Mother
 1911 A Wreath of Orange Blossoms (Short)
The Wife's Mother
 1911 The Poor Sick Men (Short)
Tenement Woman
 1911 His Trust Fulfilled (Short)
 1911 Help Wanted (Short)
One of the Maids
 1911 The Midnight Marauder (Short)
The Maid
 1911 The Italian Barber (Short)
The Mother
 1910 His Wife's Sweethearts (Short)
A Maid
 1910 White Roses (Short)
Old Maid
 1910 His Sister-In-Law (Short)
 1910 Happy Jack, a Hero (Short)
A Servant
 1910 Effecting a Cure (Short)
Mrs. Wilkens' Mother
 1910 A Plain Song (Short)
Edith's Mother
 1910 The Song of the Wildwood Flute (Short)
 1910 Simple Charity (Short)
The Poor Wife
 1910 The Fugitive (Short)
The Confederate Mother
 1910 Waiter No. 5 (Short)
One of the Wife's Friends
 1910 Two Little Waifs (Short)
Mother Ignatius
 1910 The Message of the Violin (Short)
In Hallway
 1910 The Broken Doll (Short)
 1910 A Lucky Toothache (Short)
Bessie's Mother
 1910 The Masher (Short)
An Old Maid
 1910 That Chink at Golden Gulch (Short)
 1910 A Gold Necklace (Short)
The Governess
 1910 How Hubby Got a Raise (Short)
Neighbor (uncredited)
 1910 The Iconoclast (Short)
The Maid
 1910 Examination Day at School (Short)
The Old Teacher's Wife
 1910 Muggsy Becomes a Hero (Short)
One of the Sisters Frost
 1910 The Affair of an Egg (Short)
The Old Woman
 1910 The Modern Prodigal (Short)
The Sheriff's Wife
 1910 Wilful Peggy (Short)
Woman at the Inn
 1910 The Usurer (Short)
One of the First Debtors
 1910 Her Father's Pride (Short)
Ann's Mother
 1910 An Arcadian Maid (Short)
The Lady of the House
 1910 What the Daisy Said (Short)
The Spinster (uncredited)
 1910 May and December (Short)
 1910 A Child of the Ghetto (Short)
Ruth's Mother
 1910 In the Season of Buds (Short)
 1910 The Impalement (Short)
The Maid
 1910 A Knot in the Plot (Short)
The Mother
 1910 Ramona (Short)
The Mother
 1910 Love Among the Roses (Short)
The Lacemaker's Mother
 1910 The Unchanging Sea (Short)
Villager (uncredited)
 1910 The Gold Seekers (Short)
Old Woman
 1910 A Romance of the Western Hills (Short)
 1910 As It Is in Life (Short)
The Maid
 1910/I The Two Brothers (Short)
The Mother
 1910 Gold Is Not All (Short)
Ruth's Mother
 1910 The Twisted Trail (Short)
Mrs. Hendricks
 1910 Faithful (Short)
John's Sweetheart's Mother
 1910 The Converts (Short)
In Doorway
 1910 The Newlyweds (Short)
The Maid
 1910 His Last Burglary (Short)
The Burglar's Wife
 1910 The Englishman and the Girl (Short)
Mrs. Thayer
 1910 One Night, and Then -- (Short)
The Mother
 1910 The Duke's Plan (Short)
One of Fiametta's Attendants
 1910 The Woman from Mellon's (Short)
 1910 The Cloister's Touch (Short)
The Old Woman
 1910 The Honor of His Family (Short)
Woman at Farewell
 1910 The Call (Short)
At Show
 1910 All on Account of the Milk (Short)
The Young Woman's Mother
 1910 The Rocky Road (Short)
The Maid
 1909 Choosing a Husband (Short)
The Maid
 1909 To Save Her Soul (Short)
The Housekeeper
 1909 In Little Italy (Short)
At the Ball
 1909 A Trap for Santa Claus (Short)
The Maid
 1909 In a Hempen Bag (Short)
The Nursemaid
 1909 A Corner in Wheat (Short)
Woman in Store (uncredited)
 1909 The Redman's View (Short)
Indian (uncredited)
 1909 Through the Breakers (Short)
The Nurse
 1909 In the Window Recess (Short)
 1909 The Trick That Failed (Short)
 1909 The Mountaineer's Honor (Short)
The Mountain Girl's Mother
 1909 The Open Gate (Short)
 1909 A Midnight Adventure (Short)
Eleanor's Mother
 1909 Two Women and a Man (Short)
Molly Randolph
 1909 The Restoration (Short)
 1909 The Light That Came (Short)
The Girls' Mother
 1909 The Gibson Goddess (Short)
Woman on Sidewalk
 1909 What's Your Hurry? (Short)
Mary's Mother
 1909 Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (Short)
The Mother
 1909 In the Watches of the Night (Short)
A Maid
 1909 His Lost Love (Short)
A Maid
 1909 A Change of Heart (Short)
Howard's Mother
 1909 The Little Teacher (Short)
The Mother
 1909 The Awakening (Short)
The Nun
 1909 Wanted, a Child (Short)
The Mother
 1909 A Fair Exchange (Short)
The Old Woman / At Church
 1909 In Old Kentucky (Short)
Mrs. Wilkinson
 1909 The Broken Locket (Short)
Ruth's Mother
 1909 Getting Even (Short)
Party Guest
 1909 The Hessian Renegades (Short)
Soldier's Family
 1909 The Better Way (Short)
Elizabeth's Mother
 1909 They Would Elope (Short)
The Mother
 1909 A Strange Meeting (Short)
The Concerned Mother
 1909 The Slave (Short)
Mourning Woman
 1909 The Cardinal's Conspiracy (Short)
 1909 The Country Doctor (Short)
The Poor Mother
 1909 The Way of Man (Short)
 1909 His Duty (Short)
Mrs. Allen
 1909 A Baby's Shoe (Short)
 1909 Confidence (Short)
 1909 Trying to Get Arrested (Short)
 1909 At the Altar (Short)
 1909 The Golden Louis (Short)
 1909 The Girls and Daddy (Short)
 1909/I One Touch of Nature (Short)
 1908 An Awful Moment (Short)
 1908 Behind the Scenes (Short)
 1908 Betrayed by a Handprint (Short)
Mrs. Wharton (unconfirmed)
 1908 The Greaser's Gauntlet (Short)
 1908 The Fight for Freedom (Short)
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(April/May 1903) Stage: Appeared in "The Starbucks" on Broadway. As of 2002, this is her only known Broadway show.

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Alternate Names:

Phyllis Forde

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