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Marjorie Main

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marjorie Main (born Mary Tomlinson, February 24, 1890 – April 10, 1975) was an American actress, best known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player and for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Main worked in vaudeville on the Orpheum circuit and in Chautauqua presentations, and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her first film was A House Divided in 1931. Main began playing upper class dowagers, but ultimately was typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles, for which her distinctive voice was well suited. She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the 1937 film version, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters. She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude-ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939. At this time, she guest-starred on radio programs such as Columbia Presents Corwin and The Goldbergs. Main was signed to a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract in 1940 and stayed with the studio until the mid-1950s. She made six films with Wallace Beery in the 1940s, including Barnacle Bill (1941), Jackass Mail (1942), and Bad Bascomb (1946). She played Sonora Cassidy, the chief cook, in The Harvey Girls (1946). The director George Sidney remarked in the commentary for the film that Miss Main was a "great lady" as well as a great actress who donated most of her paychecks over the years to the support of a school. Perhaps her most famous role is that of Ma Kettle, which she first played in The Egg and I in 1947 opposite Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the part and portrayed the character in nine more Ma and Pa Kettle films. By the early 1950s, she had appeared in several MGM musicals, including, Meet Me in St. Louis and The Belle of New York. She played Mrs. Wrenley in the studio's all-star film It's a Big Country (1951). In 1954, Marjorie Main played her last roles for the studio: Mrs. Hittaway in The Long, Long Trailer and Jane Dunstock in Rose Marie. In 1956, Main's performance as the widow Hudspeth in the hit film Friendly Persuasion was well-received, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1958, Main appeared twice as rugged frontierswoman Cassie Tanner in the episodes "The Cassie Tanner Story" and "The Sacramento Story" on NBC's television series Wagon Train. In the first segment, she joins the wagon train, casts her romantic interest on Ward Bond as Major Adams, and helps the train locate needed horses despite a Paiute threat.


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Born:
Feb 24, 1890 In Acton, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
74
First Appeared:
In the movie A House Divided 1931-12-05
Latest Project:
Movie The World of Abbott and Costello 1965-04-01
Known For
Poster of The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
Poster of Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Poster of Close Relations

Marjorie Main Movies Filmography

Movie
The World of Abbott and Costello
Widow Hawkins in The Wistful Widow Of Wagon Gap 1965-04-01
Movie
The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
Ma Kettle 1957-05-10
Movie
Friendly Persuasion
The Widow Hudspeth 1956-11-25
Movie
The Kettles in the Ozarks
Ma Kettle 1956-04-01
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Ma' Kettle 1955-04-01
Series
December Bride
Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
Ma Kettle 1954-03-10
Movie
Rose Marie
Lady Jane Dunstock 1954-03-03
Movie
The Long, Long Trailer
Mrs. Hittaway 1954-02-19
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Ma Kettle 1953-04-01
Movie
Fast Company
Ma Parkson 1953-05-21
Movie
The Belle of New York
Mrs Phineas Hill 1952-02-22
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Ma Kettle 1952-01-01
Movie
It's a Big Country
Mrs. Wrenley 1951-11-20
Movie
The Law and the Lady
Julia Wortin 1951-07-20
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Ma Kettle 1951-05-10
Movie
Mr. Imperium
Mrs. Cabot 1951-03-02
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Ma Kettle 1950-01-04
Movie
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
Harriet O'Malley 1950-12-08
Movie
Summer Stock
Esme 1950-08-31
Movie
Big Jack
Flapjack Kate 1949-04-12
Movie
Ma and Pa Kettle
Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle 1949-04-01
Movie
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Maribel Mathews 1948-06-01
Movie
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Widow Hawkins 1947-10-08
Movie
The Egg and I
Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle 1947-05-01
Movie
The Show-Off
Mrs. Fisher 1946-12-01
Movie
Undercurrent
Lucy 1946-11-11
Movie
The Harvey Girls
Sonora Cassidy 1946-01-18
Movie
Murder, He Says
Mamie Fleagle Smithers Johnson 1945-01-01
Movie
Gentle Annie
Annie Goss 1944-12-05
Movie
Meet Me in St. Louis
Katie (Maid) 1944-11-28
Movie
Rationing
Iris Tuttle 1944-03-24
Movie
Johnny Come Lately
'Gashouse' Mary 1943-09-03
Movie
Heaven Can Wait
Mrs. Strabel 1943-08-05
Movie
The Bugle Sounds
Susie 'Suz' 1942-01-30
Movie
We Were Dancing
Judge Hawkes 1942-04-30
Movie
The Affairs of Martha
Mrs. McKissick 1942-06-21
Movie
Tennessee Johnson
Mrs. Maude Fisher 1942-12-01
Movie
Jackass Mail
Clementine 'Tina' Tucker 1942-07-01
Movie
Honky Tonk
Mrs. Varner 1941-10-01
Movie
The Shepherd of the Hills
Granny Becky 1941-07-18
Movie
A Woman's Face
Emma Kristiansdotter 1941-05-09
Movie
Barnacle Bill
Marge Cavendish 1941-04-07
Movie
The Wild Man of Borneo
Irma, the Cook 1941-01-24
Movie
Women Without Names
Mrs. Lowery 1940-03-14
Movie
I Take This Woman
Gertie 1940-02-02
Movie
Dark Command
Mrs. Cantrell / Mrs. Adams 1940-04-15
Movie
Turnabout
Nora 1940-05-17
Movie
Susan and God
Mary 1940-06-07
Movie
Wyoming
Mehitabel 1940-09-13
Movie
Another Thin Man
Mrs. Dolley 1939-11-17
Movie
The Women
Lucy 1939-09-01
Movie
Angels Wash Their Faces
Mrs. Arkelian 1939-08-26
Movie
They Shall Have Music
Mrs. Miller 1939-08-18
Movie
Lucky Night
Mrs. Briggs 1939-05-05
Movie
Romance of the Limberlost
Nora 1938-06-16
Movie
King of the Newsboys
Mrs. Stephens (uncredited) 1938-03-18
Movie
Test Pilot
Landlady 1938-04-16
Movie
There Goes My Heart
Fireless Cooker Customer (uncredited) 1938-10-14
Movie
Prison Farm
Matron Brand 1938-06-17
Movie
Little Tough Guy
Mrs. Boylan 1938-07-22
Movie
Too Hot to Handle
Miss Wayne 1938-09-16
Movie
Girls' School
Miss Armstrong 1938-09-30
Movie
The Wrong Road
Martha Foster 1937-10-11
Movie
The Man Who Cried Wolf
Amelia Bradley 1937-08-29
Movie
Dead End
Mrs. Martin 1937-08-27
Movie
Stella Dallas
Mrs. Martin 1937-08-06
Movie
Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936-09-11
Movie
Music in the Air
Anna (Uncredited) 1934-12-13
Movie
Crime without Passion
Backstage Wardrobe Woman 1934-08-30
Movie
Art Trouble
Woman Who Sits on Painting 1934-06-23
Movie
Close Relations
Woman in Depot (uncredited) 1933-09-30
Movie
The Broken Lullaby
Frau Schmidt - Townswoman (uncredited) 1932-01-24
Movie
A House Divided
Townswoman at Wedding 1931-12-05

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