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Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
(born Patti Woodard, October 15, 1879 – August 13, 1967) was an American actress of stage, film, and television.[1] With appearances in more than one hundred major motion pictures spanning half a century, Darwell is perhaps best-remembered for her poignant portrayal of the matriarch and leader of the Joad family in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and her role as the Bird Woman in Disney's musical family film, Mary Poppins. Darwell has a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.


1 Early life

1.1 Woodard vs. Woodward

2 Career 3 Death 4 Selected filmography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Born to William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen Booth in Palmyra in Marion County in northeastern Missouri, she originally intended to become a circus rider, then later an opera singer. Her father objected, however, and she compromised by becoming an actress but changed her name to Darwell to avoid sullying the family name.[2] The Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Birthplace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[3] Woodard vs. Woodward[edit] Some sources give Darwell's birth name as Patti Woodward. They include Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia,[4] Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood
Actors: From the silent era to 1965,[5] Missouri
Biographical Dictionary,[6] Screen World 1968,[7] The New Biographical Dictionary of Film,[8] and Dictionary of Missouri
Biography.[9] Career[edit]

Darwell in the play A Doll's House, 1945.

She took up voice culture and the piano followed by a course in dramatics. At one point, she decided to enter a convent but instead changed her mind and became an actress. Darwell began acting in theater productions in Chicago and made her first film appearance in 1913. She appeared in almost twenty films over the next two years before returning to the stage. After a 15-year absence from films, she resumed her film career in 1930 with a role in Tom Sawyer, and her career as a Hollywood
character actress began. Short, stout, and plain, she was quickly cast in a succession of films usually as the mother of one of the major characters. She also appeared in five Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
films, usually as the housekeeper or grandmother.[2] She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
as "Ma Joad" in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), a role she was given at the insistence of the film's star, Henry Fonda. A contract player with 20th Century Fox, Darwell was memorably cast in The Ox-Bow Incident, and occasionally starred in "B" movies and played featured parts in scores of major films. Darwell had noted appearances on the stage as well; in 1944, she was popular in the stage comedy Suds in Your Eye, in which she played an Irishwoman who had inherited a junkyard.[2] By the end of her career she had appeared in more than 170 films, including Huckleberry Finn (1931), Jesse James (1939), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), and My Darling Clementine
My Darling Clementine
(1946).[10] Darwell was among the guest stars on an episode of Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town, a variety television series which aired on CBS from 1951 to 1952 in which hostess Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
visits a different city each week to accent the local music. In 1954, Darwell appeared with Andy Clyde
Andy Clyde
in the episode "Santa's Old Suit" of the series, The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse. This same episode was re-run the following Christmas 1955 on Studio 57. In 1959, she appeared with child actor Roger Mobley in the episode "Mr. Rush's Secretary" on the NBC
western series, Buckskin, starring Tom Nolan and Sally Brophy. She guest starred on John Bromfield's crime drama in a modern western setting, Sheriff of Cochise. On July 27, 1961, Darwell appeared as "Grandmother McCoy" in an episode of the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys. In the story line, the series characters played by Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, and Kathleen Nolan
Kathleen Nolan
return to fictitious Smokey Corners, West Virginia
West Virginia
for Grandmother McCoy's 100th birthday gathering. Darwell was fifteen years older than "son", Walter Brennan. Pat Buttram
Pat Buttram
and Henry Jones appeared in this episode as Cousin Carl and Jed McCoy, respectively.[11] Darwell's final role as the old woman feeding the birds in Mary Poppins (1964) was personally assigned to her by Walt Disney.[10] On February 8, 1960, Darwell received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for her contributions to the motion-picture industry; it is located at 6735 Hollywood
Boulevard.[12][13] Death[edit]

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In her last years, Darwell's health was poor. It took personal persuasion from Walt Disney
Walt Disney
for her to appear in Disney's Mary Poppins as she was, by then, tired, frail and in her middle eighties.[citation needed] Darwell died August 13, 1967, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, from a myocardial infarction at the age of 87.[2] She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[14] Selected filmography[edit]

Brewster's Millions (1914) as Mrs. Dan De Mille The Master Mind
The Master Mind
(1914) as Milwaukee Sadie The Only Son (1914) as Mrs. Brainerd The Man on the Box
The Man on the Box
(1914) as Mrs. Chadwick Ready Money (1914) as Mrs. Tyler Rose of the Rancho
Rose of the Rancho
(1914) as Senora Castro Kenton / Juanita's Mother The Hypocrites (1915) as Madam (uncredited) The Goose Girl (1915) as Irma After Five
After Five
(1915) as Mrs. Russell - Aunt Diddy The Rug Maker's Daughter
The Rug Maker's Daughter
(1915) as Mrs. Van Buren The Reform Candidate
The Reform Candidate
(1915) as Mrs. Haggerty Little Church Around the Corner (1923) as Anxious Woman at Mine Disaster (uncredited) Tom Sawyer (1930) as Widow Douglas Fighting Caravans
Fighting Caravans
(1931) as Pioneer Woman (uncredited) Huckleberry Finn (1931) as Widow Douglas Ladies of the Big House (1931) as Mrs. Turner No One Man (1932) as Patient (uncredited) Young America (1932) as Schoolteacher (uncredited) The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932) as Mortimer's Wife (uncredited) Back Street (1932) as Mrs. Adolph Schmidt Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932) as Alice's Aunt (uncredited) Hot Saturday
Hot Saturday
(1932) as Mrs Ida Brock Women Won't Tell
Women Won't Tell
(1932) as Mrs. Walter Robinson Air Hostess (1933) as Ma Kearns The Past of Mary Holmes
The Past of Mary Holmes
(1933) Child of Manhattan (1933) as Mrs. McGonegle Murders in the Zoo
Murders in the Zoo
(1933) as Banquet Guest (uncredited) Bondage (1933) as Mrs. Elizabeth Wharton The Girl in 419
The Girl in 419
(1933) as Nurse Esmond (uncredited) Emergency Call (1933) as Head Nurse Brown (uncredited) Jennie Gerhardt (1933) as Boardinghouse Keeper (uncredited) Bed of Roses (1933) as Mrs. Webster - Head Prison Matron (uncredited) Before Dawn (1933) as Mrs. Marble He Couldn't Take It (1933) as Mrs. Case One Sunday Afternoon
One Sunday Afternoon
(1933) as Mrs. Lind Ann Vickers (1933) as Mrs. Gage (uncredited) Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
(1933) as Mrs. Spence - Landlady (uncredited) Only Yesterday (1933) as Mrs. Lane Design for Living (1933) as Curtis' Housekeeper Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(1933) as Roman Spa Proprietress (uncredited) King for a Night (1933) as Mrs. Williams (uncredited) Cross Country Cruise
Cross Country Cruise
(1934) as Mrs. O'Hara (uncredited) Fashions of 1934
Fashions of 1934
(1934) as Customer at Maison Elegance (uncredited) Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
(1934) as Baroness (uncredited) Heat Lightning (1934) as Gladys David Harum (1934) as Mrs. Woolsey (uncredited) Journal of a Crime
Journal of a Crime
(1934) as Dinner Guest (uncredited) Once to Every Woman (1934) as Mrs. Wood Finishing School (1934) as Maude - interns' Receptionist (uncredited) The Scarlet Empress
The Scarlet Empress
(1934) as Miss Cardell, Sophia's Nurse (uncredited) Change of Heart (1934) as Mrs. McGowan Let's Talk It Over (1934) as Mrs. O'Keefe The Most Precious Thing in Life
The Most Precious Thing in Life
(1934) as Mrs. O'Day Blind Date (1934) as Ma Taylor Million Dollar Ransom (1934) as Ma McGarry (uncredited) Embarrassing Moments (1934) as Mrs. Stuckelberger One Night of Love
One Night of Love
(1934) as Mrs. Barrett - Mary's Mother (uncredited) Desirable (1934) as Frederick's Mother (uncredited) Wake Up and Dream (1934) as Landlady Happiness Ahead (1934) as Mrs. Davis - the Landlady Tomorrow's Youth (1934) as Mary O'Brien The Firebird (1934) as Mrs. Miller - Apartment House Tenant (uncredited) The White Parade
The White Parade
(1934) as Miss 'Sailor' Roberts Gentlemen Are Born (1934) as Landlady (uncredited) Bright Eyes (1934) as Elizabeth Higgins One More Spring (1935) as Mrs. Mary Sweeney McFadden's Flats (1935) as Nora McFadden Life Begins at 40 (1935) as Ida Harris Curly Top (1935) as Mrs. Henrietta Denham Navy Wife (1935) as Mrs. Louise Keats Metropolitan (1935) as Grandma (uncredited) We're Only Human (1935) as Mrs. Walsh Paddy O'Day
Paddy O'Day
(1936) as Dora The Country Doctor (1936) as Mrs. Graham The First Baby (1936) as Mrs. Ellis Captain January (1936) as Mrs. Eliza Croft Private Number (1936) as Mrs. Meecham Little Miss Nobody (1936) as Martha Bradley The Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) as Woodward White Fang (1936) as Maud Mahoney Star for a Night (1936) as Mrs. Martha Lind Ramona (1936) as Aunt Ri Hyar Craig's Wife (1936) as Mrs. Harold Laughing at Trouble (1936) as Glory Bradford Love Is News
Love Is News
(1937) as Mrs. Flaherty Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) as Mrs. Mary Flaherty The Great Hospital Mystery
The Great Hospital Mystery
(1937) as Miss Sarah Keats Fifty Roads to Town (1937) as Mrs. Henry Slave Ship (1937) as Mrs. Marlowe The Singing Marine
The Singing Marine
(1937) as "Ma" Marine Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937) Mrs. Krueger Dangerously Yours (1937) as Aunt Cynthia Barton Change of Heart (1938) as Mrs. Thompson The Jury's Secret (1938) as Mrs. Sheldon Battle of Broadway (1938) as Mrs. Rogers Three Blind Mice (1938) as Mrs. Killan Little Miss Broadway
Little Miss Broadway
(1938) as Miss Hutchins Time Out for Murder
Time Out for Murder
(1938) as Polly - Helen's Supervisor Five of a Kind
Five of a Kind
(1938) as Mrs. Waldron Up the River (1938) as Mrs. Graham Jesse James (1939) as Mrs. Samuels Inside Story (1939) as Aunt Mary Perkins The Zero Hour (1939) as Sophie Unexpected Father (1939) as Mrs. Callahan Grand Jury Secrets (1939) as Mrs. Keefe The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) as Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley 20,000 Men a Year
20,000 Men a Year
(1939) as Mrs. Allen Gone with the Wind (1939) as Mrs. Merriwether Miracle on Main Street (1939) as Mrs. Herman The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Ma Joad Untamed (1940) as Mrs. Maggie Moriarty Brigham Young (1940) as Eliza Kent Youth Will Be Served (1940) as Supervisor Stormer Chad Hanna
Chad Hanna
(1940) as Mrs. Huguenine Thieves Fall Out
Thieves Fall Out
(1941) as Grandma Allen Private Nurse
Private Nurse
(1941) as Miss Adams The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) as Ma Stone All Through the Night (1942) as Mrs. 'Ma' Donahue Young America (1942) as Grandmother Nora Campbell On the Sunny Side (1942) as Annie Small Town Deb (1942) as Katie It Happened in Flatbush (1942) as Mrs. Maguire Men of Texas (1942) as Mrs.Scott aka Aunt Hattie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942) as Mrs. Mariah Clemm Highways by Night (1942) as Grandma Fogarty The Great Gildersleeve (1942) as Aunt Emma Forrester Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) as Aunt Emma Forrester The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) as Ma Grier Stage Door Canteen (1943) as Jane Darwell Government Girl
Government Girl
(1943) as Miss Trask (uncredited) Tender Comrade
Tender Comrade
(1943) as Mrs. Henderson Reckless Age (1944) as Mrs. Connors The Impatient Years (1944) as Minister's Wife Music in Manhattan
Music in Manhattan
(1944) as Mrs. Pearson She's a Sweetheart (1944) as Mom Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
(1944) as Mrs. Helen Dobson I Live in Grosvenor Square
I Live in Grosvenor Square
(1945) as Mrs. Patterson Captain Tugboat Annie
Captain Tugboat Annie
(1945) as Tugboat Annie The Dark Horse (1946) as Aunt Hattie Three Wise Fools (1946) as Sister Mary Brigid My Darling Clementine
My Darling Clementine
(1946) as Kate Nelson Keeper of the Bees (1947) as Mrs. Ferris The Red Stallion (1947) as Mrs. Aggie Curtis Train to Alcatraz (1948) as Aunt Ella 3 Godfathers
3 Godfathers
(1948) as Miss Florie Red Canyon (1949) as Aunt Jane The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
(1950) as Mrs. Murphy Wagon Master
Wagon Master
(1950) as Sister Ledyard Caged (1950) as Isolation Matron Surrender (1950) as Molly Hale Redwood Forest Trail
Redwood Forest Trail
(1950) as Hattie Hickory Three Husbands (1950) as Mrs. Wurdeman The Second Face (1950) as Mrs. Lockridge Father's Wild Game (1950) as Minverva Bobbin The Lemon Drop Kid
The Lemon Drop Kid
(1951) as Nellie Thursday Excuse My Dust (1951) as Mrs. Belden Journey Into Light (1951) as Mack We're Not Married!
We're Not Married!
(1952) as Mrs. Bush The Sun Shines Bright
The Sun Shines Bright
(1953) as Mrs. Aurora Ratchitt It Happens Every Thursday
It Happens Every Thursday
(1953) as Mrs. Eva Spatch Affair With a Stranger (1953) as Ma Stanton The Bigamist (1953) as Mrs. Connelley Hit the Deck (1955) as Jenny There's Always Tomorrow (1955) as Mrs. Rogers A Life at Stake
A Life at Stake
(1955) as Landlady Girls in Prison
Girls in Prison
(1956) as Matron Jamieson The Last Hurrah (1958) as Delia Boylan Hound-Dog Man
Hound-Dog Man
(1959) as Granndma Wilson Mary Poppins (1964) as The Bird Woman (final film role)

See also[edit]

List of actors with Academy Award nominations

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^ Obituary Variety, August 16, 1967. ^ a b c d Associated Press (1967-08-15). "Jane Darwell, 87, Actress, Is Dead" (PDF, fee required). The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-14.  ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ Morgan, Barbara. "Darwell, Jane (1879–1967)". Encyclopedia.com. Gale Research, Inc. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood
Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 174–75. ISBN 9781557835512. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ Onofrio, Jan (2001). Missouri
Biographical Dictionary. Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 197. ISBN 9780403095988. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ Willis, John (1968). Screen World 1968. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 230. ISBN 9780819603098. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ Thomson, David (2014). The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. ALFRED A KNOPF. p. 251. ISBN 9780375711848. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ Christensen, Lawrence O.; Foley, William E.; Kremer, Gary (1999). Dictionary of Missouri
Biography. University of Missouri
Press. p. 230. ISBN 9780826260161. Retrieved February 12, 2017.  ^ a b "MovieActors.com".  ^ ""Back to West Virginny", The Real McCoys, July 27, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 11, 2013.  ^ " Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19.  ^ "Jane Darwell". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19.  ^ " Jane Darwell
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(1879 - 1967) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28. [better source needed]

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