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Jane Darwell (Patti Mary Woodward)

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Biography

Palmyra, Missouri, USA
Missouri-born Jane Darwell was the daughter of a railroad president and grew up on a ranch in Missouri. She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her father's disapproval (she eventually changed her name to Darwell from the family name of Woodward so as not to "sully" the family name). Making her stage debut at age 33, she was almost 40 when she made her first film, a silent, in 1913. She easily made the transition from silents to talkies, and specialized in playing kindly, grandmotherly types. Read more...

Actor

Character: Mrs. Ida Brock

Hot Saturday 1932

2
Character: Alice's Aunt

Washington Merry-Go-Round 1932

5
Character: Curtis' Housekeeper

Design for Living 1933

2
Character: Roman Spa Proprietress

Roman Scandals 1933

8
4
Character: Mrs. Webster, Head Prison Matron

Bed of Roses 1933

17
Character: Miss Cardell, Sophia's Nurse

The Scarlet Empress 1934

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12
Character: Customer at Maison Elegance

Fashions of 1934 1934

4
Character: Mrs. Barrett - Mary's Mother

One Night of Love 1934

13
Character: Maude - interns' receptionist

Finishing School 1934

4
Character: Mrs. Mc Gowan

Change of Heart 1934

5
Character: Ma Taylor

Blind Date 1934

2
Character: Mrs. Miller, Apartment House Tenant

The Firebird 1934

1
Character: Mrs. Davis - the Landlady

Happiness Ahead 1934

9
Character: Frederick's Mother

Desirable 1934

2
Character: Mrs. Stuckelberger

Embarrassing Moments 1934

3
8
Character: Eliza Croft

Captain January 1936

9
Character: Aunt Ri Hyar

Ramona 1936

6
Character: Ma Marine

The Singing Marine 1937

14
Character: Miss Hutchins

Little Miss Broadway 1938

16
Character: Mrs. Kilian

Three Blind Mice 1938

1
Character: Mrs. Merriwether

Gone with the Wind 1939

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Character: Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley

The Rains Came 1939

4
Character: Eliza Kent

Brigham Young 1940

4
Character: Supervisor Stormer

Youth Will Be Served 1940

2
Character: Grandma Allen

Thieves Fall Out 1941

3
1
Character: Jenny Grier

The Ox-Bow Incident 1943

3
Character: Jane Darwell

Stage Door Canteen 1943

19
Character: Mrs. Helen Dobson

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier 1944

3
Character: Minister's Wife

The Impatient Years 1944

1
Character: Miss Florie

3 Godfathers 1948

4
Character: Mrs. Connelley

The Bigamist 1953

1
Character: Mrs. Aurora Ratchitt

The Sun Shines Bright 1953

8
Character: Ma Stanton

Affair with a Stranger 1953

1
14
Character: Matron Jamieson

Girls in Prison 1956

1
Character: The Bird Woman

Mary Poppins 1964

40
Character: Ma Joad

Roma 2004

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Character: Irene Townsend

The Loretta Young Show 1953

0
Character: Isolation Matron

Caged 1950

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Character: B. Cool

Climax! 1954

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Character: Grandma McCoy

The Real McCoys 1957

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Character: Mrs. Leah Mulligan

Burke's Law 1963

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2
Character: Delia Boylan

The Last Hurrah 1958

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Character: Nellie Thursday

The Lemon Drop Kid 1951

3
Character: Granny Carnation

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962

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Character: O'Hara's Mother

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954

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Character: Actress 'THe GRapes of Wrath'

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978

4
Character: Ma Joad in 'The Grapes of Wrath'

Richard Gere 0

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