May Whitty

Actor, Dancer
West End actress Dame May Whitty (the first theatre and film actress to ever achieve damehood) officially entered Hollywood with her role as Mrs. Bramson in the 1937 film "Night Must Fall," for which she nabbed an ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1865 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (8)

The Lady Vanishes 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

If Winter Comes 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Name Is Julia Ross 1945 (Movie)

Mrs. Hughes (Actor)

Gaslight 1944 (Movie)

Miss Thwaites (Actor)

Mrs. Miniver 1942 (Movie)

Lady Beldon (Actor)

Suspicion 1940 (Movie)

Mrs. McLaidlaw (Actor)

Conquest 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Must Fall 1936 (Movie)

Mrs. Bramson (Actor)

Biography

West End actress Dame May Whitty (the first theatre and film actress to ever achieve damehood) officially entered Hollywood with her role as Mrs. Bramson in the 1937 film "Night Must Fall," for which she nabbed an Academy Award nomination. One of Whitty's best-remembered roles came with her turn as the mysterious disappearing governess Miss Froy in the Hitchcock thriller "The Lady Vanishes." She performed consistently throughout the '30s and '40s with some of the biggest names of the era including Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, and earned her second Oscar nomination for portraying Lady Beldon in the 1942 drama "Mrs. Miniver."

Relationships

Parent

Ben Webster

Husband

Margaret Webster

Daughter

Milestones

1937

First role in sound film "Night Must Fall"

Stage acting debut at age 17

Ballet debut aged 16

Immigrated to US

Bonus Trivia

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Named Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1918.

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