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Helen Westley (Henrietta Remsen Meserole Manney)

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Biography

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
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 in his or her own tracks with a mere hawk-like glare or arm-folding stance. They could be overbearing, greedy, spiteful, contentious, meddlesome, controlling, narrow-minded, viper-tongued, or all of the above. In essence, she was often major pain in the posterior to the film's star. Read more...

Actor

Character: Gudula Rothschild

The House of Rothschild 1934

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Character: Granny Mingott

The Age of Innocence 1934

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Character: Mrs. Emmeline Lorrimore

Splendor 1935

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Character: Parthy Ann Hawks

Show Boat 1936

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Character: Mrs. Caroline Drew

Dimples 1936

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Character: Blind Anna

Heidi 1937

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Character: Madame Della aka Madella

I'll Take Romance 1937

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Character: Aunt Miranda Wilkins

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938

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Character: Madame LeMaire

All This, and Heaven Too 1940

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Character: Grandma Leonard

Lillian Russell 1940

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Character: Grandmother Bentley

The Smiling Ghost 1941

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Character: Blanche Brunot

Lady from Louisiana 1941

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