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Dame May Whitty
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Actress
    (June 19, 1865-May 29, 1948)
    Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Mary Whitty
    Appeared in the films 'Enoch Arden' (1914), 'The Little Minister' (1915), 'Night Must Fall' (1937), 'Conquest' (1938), 'The Lady Vanishes' (1938), 'A Bill of Divorcement' (1940), 'Suspicion' (1941), 'Mrs. Miniver' (1942), 'Forever and a Day' (1943), 'Lassie Come Home' (1943), 'Madame Curie' (1943), 'Gaslight' (1944), 'The White Cliffs of Dover' (1944) and 'The Return of October' (1948)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Irene Wycherley' (1908), 'There's Always Juliet' (1922), 'Night Must Fall' (1936), 'Romeo and Juliet' (1940), 'The Trojan Women' (1941) and 'Therese' (1945)
    She claimed that becoming a follower of Christian Science cured her of depression and migraines.
    She complained that producers would only let her play 'old beasts.'
    She settled permanently in the US but never became an American citizen.
    Back before acting Dames like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren were common, many in Hollywood thought 'Dame' was her first name.
    Her first child, a son, died at birth.
    She was the first actress named a Dame Commander of the British Empire (1918), to honor her charity work during World War I.
    She was twice nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for 'Night Must Fall' and 'Mrs. Miniver.'
    She quipped, 'I've got everything Betty Grable has. I've just had it longer.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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