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Emma Dunn (26 February 1875 – 14 December 1966) was an English character actress on the stage and in motion pictures.

Emma Dunn appeared onstage in her early teens, graduating to the London stage for several years and later became a noted Broadway actress. She appeared in the first American production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt (1906) with Richard Mansfield as Peer. She played Peer's mother, Ase, even though she was, in real life, 20 years younger than Mansfield. She appeared in three productions for theatre impresario David Belasco: The Warrens of Virginia (1907), The Easiest Way (1909) and The Governor's Lady (1912). In The Easiest Way, Dunn portrayed Annie, who was black, in blackface. In 1913 Dunn appeared in vaudeville.

Dunn made her first film in 1914, a silent film of her 1910 stage success, Mother, directed by Maurice Tourneur. This was Tourneur's first American film. Dunn's second film was 1920's Old Lady 31, reprising the role she played in the 1916 Broadway play of the same name. One more silent film followed in 1924, Pied Piper Malone, before she made her talkie debut in Side Street, co-starring the Moore brothers, Matt, Owen and Tom as her sons.

Dunn wrote two books on elocution and speech: Thought Quality in the Voice (1933) and You Can Do It (1947).

Emma Dunn was born 26 February 1875, in Birkenhead, England, although she sometimes gave her year of birth as 1883.

Dunn married Harry Beresford, an actor who was then known professionally as Harry J. Morgan, in Chicago on 4 October 1897. They divorced on 10 February 1909, in New York City. She was awarded sole custody of their young daughter, Dorothy. On 19 May 1909, Dunn married John W. Stokes (John W. S. Sullivan), an actor, playwright and theatrical manager. They subsequently adopted a second daughter, Helen. The couple divorced sometime between 1923 and Stokes' death in 1931.

After suffering a heart attack some months before, Dunn died 14 December 1966, in Los Angeles, California, aged 91.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emma Dunn (26 February 1875 – 14 December 1966) was an English character actress on the stage and in motion pictures.

Emma Dunn appeared onstage in her early teens, graduating to the London stage for several years and later became a noted Broadway actress. She appeared in the first American production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt (1906) with Richard Mansfield as Peer. She played Peer's mother, Ase, even though she was, in real life, 20 years younger than Mansfield. She appeared in three productions for theatre impresario David Belasco: The Warrens of Virginia (1907), The Easiest Way (1909) and The Governor's Lady (1912). In The Easiest Way, Dunn portrayed Annie, who was black, in blackface. In 1913 Dunn appeared in vaudeville.

Dunn made her first film in 1914, a silent film of her 1910 stage success, Mother, directed by Maurice Tourneur. This was Tourneur's first American film. Dunn's second film was 1920's Old Lady 31, reprising the role she played in the 1916 Broadway play of the same name. One more silent film followed in 1924, Pied Piper Malone, before she made her talkie debut in Side Street, co-starring the Moore brothers, Matt, Owen and Tom as her sons.

Dunn wrote two books on elocution and speech: Thought Quality in the Voice (1933) and You Can Do It (1947).

Emma Dunn was born 26 February 1875, in Birkenhead, England, although she sometimes gave her year of birth as 1883.

Dunn married Harry Beresford, an actor who was then known professionally as Harry J. Morgan, in Chicago on 4 October 1897. They divorced on 10 February 1909, in New York City. She was awarded sole custody of their young daughter, Dorothy. On 19 May 1909, Dunn married John W. Stokes (John W. S. Sullivan), an actor, playwright and theatrical manager. They subsequently adopted a second daughter, Helen. The couple divorced sometime between 1923 and Stokes' death in 1931.

After suffering a heart attack some months before, Dunn died 14 December 1966, in Los Angeles, California, aged 91.

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Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 82

Birthday 1874-02-26

Day of Death 1966-12-14

Place of Birth Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1948 The Woman in White as Mrs. Vesey
1947 Life with Father as Margaret
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Maggie
1944 My Buddy as Mary Ballinger
1944 Are These Our Parents? as Ma Henderson
1944 It Happened Tomorrow as Mrs. Keaver
1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey as Doña Mercedes
1943 Minesweeper as Mom Smith
1943 Hoosier Holiday as Molly Baker
1942 I Married a Witch as Wife of Justice of the Peace
1942 The Talk of the Town as Mrs. Shelley
1942 The Mad Martindales as Agnes
1941 Rise and Shine as Mrs. Murray
1941 Ladies in Retirement as Sister Theresa
1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1941 Scattergood Meets Broadway as Mirandy Baines
1941 The Penalty as 'Ma' McCormick
1941 The Monster and the Girl as Aunt Della
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Martha
1940 The Great Dictator as Mrs. Jaeckel
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance as Mrs. Simpson
1940 One Crowded Night as Ma Matthews
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Mother Fields
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1940 Half A Sinner as Granny Gladden
1940 Little Orvie as Mrs. Welty
1940 High School as Mrs. O'Neill
1939 The Llano Kid as Doña Teresa
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1939 Each Dawn I Die as Mrs. Ross
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1939 Son of Frankenstein as Amelia
1938 The Duke Of West Point as Jack's mother
1938 The Cowboy and the Lady as Ma Hawkins
1938 Thanks for the Memory as Mrs. Platt
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Mrs. Martha Kildare
1938 Three Loves Has Nancy as Mrs. Briggs
1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn as Ma Hardy
1938 Lord Jeff as Mrs. Briggs
1937 Madame X as Rose, Fleuriot's Houskeeper
1937 Varsity Show as Mrs. Smith
1937 Hideaway as Emma Peterson
1937 Waikiki Wedding as Mother
1937 Circus Girl as Molly
1937 When You're in Love as Mrs. Hamilton
1936 The Harvester as Granny Moreland
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Mrs. Meredith (uncredited)
1935 Seven Keys To Baldpate as Mrs. Quimby
1935 This Is the Life as Mrs. Davis
1935 Little Big Shot as Orphanage matron
1935 The Keeper of the Bees as Margaret Campbell
1935 Ladies Crave Excitement as Mrs. Phelan
1935 The Glass Key as Mom
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals as Aunt Jane
1934 Flirtation as Mrs. Poole
1934 Dr. Monica as Mrs. Monahan
1934 The Quitter as Cordelia Tilford
1934 Dark Hazard as Mrs. Mayhew
1933 A Man of Sentiment as Mrs. John Russell Sr.
1933 It's Great to Be Alive
1933 Private Jones
1933 Grand Slam as Reporter
1933 Hard to Handle as Mrs. Hawks
1932 Blessed Event as Mrs. Roberts
1932 Letty Lynton as Mrs. Darrow
1932 It's Tough to Be Famous as 'Moms' McClenahan
1932 The Wet Parade as Mrs. Chilcote
1932 Hell's House as Emma Clark
1932 The Broken Lullaby as Frau Miller
1931 The Guilty Generation as Nina Palmero
1931 Bad Company as Emma
1931 Morals for Women as Mrs. Hutson
1931 This Modern Age as Margaret Blake
1931 Too Young to Marry as Mrs. Bumpstead
1931 The Bad Sister as Mrs. Madison
1931 The Prodigal as Mrs. Farraday
1931 Under Eighteen as Mrs. Evans
1930 Manslaughter as Miss Bennett
1930 The Texan as Señora Doña Marguerita Ibarra
1929 Side Street as Mrs. Nora O'Farrell
1924 Pied Piper Malone as Mother Malone

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