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Mildred Natwick
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Actress
    (June 19, 1905-October 25, 1994)
    Born in Baltimore, Maryland
    Appeared in the films 'The Long Voyage Home' (1940), '3 Godfathers' (1948), 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' (1949), 'The Quiet Man' (1952), 'The Trouble with Harry' (1955), 'The Court Jester' (1956), 'Tammy and the Bachelor' (1957), 'Barefoot in the Park' (1967), 'If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium' (1969), 'Daisy Miller' (1974) and 'Dangerous Liaisons' (1988)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Carry Nation' (1932), 'The Distaff Side' (1934-35), 'Candida' (1937), 'Blithe Spirit' (1941-43), 'The Playboy of the Western World' (1946-47), 'The Grass Harp' (1952), 'The Waltz of the Toreadors' (1957), 'Critics' Choice' (1960-61), 'Barefoot in the Park' (1963-67), 'Our Town' (1969) and '70, Girls, 70' (1971)
    She tried to shave three years off her age, claiming 1908 as her birth year.
    Her features were generously described as 'sharp.'
    The Guardian described her typical roles as the 'elderly widow, eccentric maiden aunt, or fussy duenna.'
    Her AIA profile made you look up the word 'duenna.'
    She did the famed 'the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle' routine with Danny Kaye and Glynis Johns in 'The Court Jester.'
    She was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress and two Tonys and won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series for 'The Snoop Sisters' (1974).
    She preferred the theater to movies, saying 'On stage, you're in control for two hours, while in a film, you do bits and pieces, usually out of sequence.'
    He performance in Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' prompted New York Times theater critic Walter Kerr to call her 'the most hilarious woman in the Western Hemisphere.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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