Helen Westley (1875–1942)


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Although she could on a rare occasion display a bit of kindness, or at least some kind of grouchy benevolence, Helen Westley had few peers on stage or film when it came to outright unpleasantness. A stern, indomitable presence, her characters offered unsolicited advice to anyone and everyone within arm's reach. They could literally freeze a person... See full bio »

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Show Boat Parthy Ann Hawks
(1936)
Stowaway Mrs. Hope
(1936)
Heidi Blind Anna
(1937)
(1934)

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 1942 My Favorite Spy
Aunt Jessie
 1941 Bedtime Story
Emma Harper
 1941 The Smiling Ghost
Grandmother Bentley
 1941 Million Dollar Baby
Mrs. Galloway
 1941 Sunny
Aunt Barbara
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
Blanche Brunot
 1941 Adam Had Four Sons
Cousin Philippa
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Mrs. Frazier
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
Madame LeMaire
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Abigail Morrow
 1940 Lillian Russell
Grandma Leonard
 1939 Wife, Husband and Friend
Mrs. Blair
 1938 Zaza
Anais
 1938/II Keep Smiling
Mrs. Willoughby
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Aunt Sophie
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Aunt Miranda Wilkins
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler
Countess Sandor
 1937 She Married an Artist
Martha Moriarty
 1937 I'll Take Romance
Madame Della aka Madella
 1937 Heidi
Blind Anna
 1937 Sing and Be Happy
Mrs. Henty
 1937 Café Metropole
Margaret Ridgeway
 1936 Stowaway
Mrs. Hope
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Grandma
 1936 Dimples
Mrs. Caroline Drew
 1936 Half Angel
Mrs. Martha Hargraves
 1936 Show Boat
Parthy Ann Hawks
 1935 Splendor
Mrs. Emmeline Lorrimore
 1935 The Melody Lingers On
Franceska Manzoni
 1935 Chasing Yesterday
Therese
 1935 Roberta
Aunt Minnie ak Roberta
 1935 Captain Hurricane
Abbie Howland
 1934 Anne of Green Gables
Marilla Cuthbert
 1934 The Age of Innocence
Granny Mingott
 1934 Death Takes a Holiday
Stephanie
 1934 Looking for Trouble
Pearl's Landlady (uncredited)
 1934 The House of Rothschild
Gudula Rothschild
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Mrs. Morris
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Stage Play: Heartbreak House. Comedy. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Dudley Digges (also starring as "Boss Mangan"). Garrick Theatre: 10 Nov 1920- Feb 1921 (closing date unknown/125 performances). Cast: Dudley Digges (as "Boss Mangan"), Fred Eric, Albert Perry (as "Captain Shotover"), Erskine Sanford (as "Mazzini Dunn"), Effie... See more »
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According to "Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice", she and Claude Rains were friends from the time they were in the Theatre Guild together in New York. When James Whale ordered Claude Rains to watch movies to observe film acting in preparation for his role in "The Invisible Man", Helen Westley was his film watching companion. See more »

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