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Esther Dale (November 10, 1885 – July 23, 1961) was an American actress, best known perhaps for her role as Aunt Genevieve in the 1935 Shirley Temple vehicle, Curly Top.

On the stage, Dale starred in Carrie Nation on Broadway in 1933. Her other Broadway credits include Harvest of Years (1947), And Be My Love (1944), and Another Language (1932).

Dale's first film was Crime Without Passion (1934) in an uncredited role. She was a familiar face in films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, frequently playing stern, authoritarian characters such as prison matrons and head nurses, although she was equally adept at playing grande dames and ladies of the aristocracy.

Dale played many roles in television over the years. In the 1958-1959 season of The Donna Reed Show, Dale played a job-seeking housekeeper who is frightened from the Stone home by Jeff Stone's pet mouse, and she appeared in the 1957 Maverick episode "According to Hoyle" opposite James Garner.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Esther Dale (November 10, 1885 – July 23, 1961) was an American actress, best known perhaps for her role as Aunt Genevieve in the 1935 Shirley Temple vehicle, Curly Top.

On the stage, Dale starred in Carrie Nation on Broadway in 1933. Her other Broadway credits include Harvest of Years (1947), And Be My Love (1944), and Another Language (1932).

Dale's first film was Crime Without Passion (1934) in an uncredited role. She was a familiar face in films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, frequently playing stern, authoritarian characters such as prison matrons and head nurses, although she was equally adept at playing grande dames and ladies of the aristocracy.

Dale played many roles in television over the years. In the 1958-1959 season of The Donna Reed Show, Dale played a job-seeking housekeeper who is frightened from the Stone home by Jeff Stone's pet mouse, and she appeared in the 1957 Maverick episode "According to Hoyle" opposite James Garner.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 95

Birthday 1885-11-10

Day of Death 1961-07-23

Place of Birth Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

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Also Known As

  • Ester Dale

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1960 North to Alaska as Woman at Picnic
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1 episode)
1959 Lock-Up (1 episode)
1959 The Sound and the Fury as Mrs. Maud Mansfield
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 M Squad (1 episode)
1957 The Oklahoman as Mrs. Fitzgerald
1955 Betrayed Women as Head Matron Ballard
1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki as Birdie Hicks
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Monkey Business as Mrs. Rhinelander
1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair as Birdie Hicks
1951 Too Young to Kiss as Mrs. Boykin
1950 Walk Softly, Stranger as Miss Thompson
1950 Surrender as Aunt May
1950 No Man of Her Own as Josie
1949 Holiday Affair as Mrs. Ennis
1949 Ma and Pa Kettle as Mrs. Birdie Hicks
1948 A Song Is Born as Miss Bragg
1947 The Unfinished Dance as Olga
1947 The Egg and I as Birdie Hicks
1946 Margie as Grandma McSweeney
1946 A Stolen Life as Mrs. Johnson
1946 Smoky as Mrs. 'Gram' Richards
1946 My Reputation as Anna
1945 Behind City Lights as Sarah Lowell
1945 On Stage Everybody as Ma Cassidy
1945 Bedside Manner as Martha Gravitt
1943 Old Acquaintance as Harriet
1943 The North Star as Anna Kurin
1943 Swing Your Partner as Caroline Bird, aka Anna Robbins
1943 Murder in Times Square as Longacre Lil
1942 Wrecking Crew
1942 Ten Gentlemen From West Point as Mrs. Thompson
1942 Maisie Gets Her Man as Mrs. McIntyre
1942 You're Telling Me as Aunt Fannie Handley
1942 What's Cookin'? as Mrs. Murphy (uncredited)
1942 Blondie Goes to College as Mrs. Carrie Dill, the Landlady
1941 Dangerously They Live as Dawson, Goodwin's Housekeeper
1941 All-American Co-Ed as Aunt Matilda Collinge
1941 Aloma of the South Seas as Tarusa
1941 Unfinished Business as Aunt Mathilda
1941 Back Street as Mrs. Smith
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Mrs. Krausheimer
1940 Arise, My Love as Susie
1940 Untamed as Mrs. Smith
1940 Blondie Has Servant Trouble as Anna Vaughn
1940 Cross-Country Romance as Mrs. McGillicuddy
1940 The Mortal Storm as Marta
1940 Forty Little Mothers as Mrs. Mason the Landlady
1940 And One Was Beautiful as Margaret
1940 Women Without Names as Head Matron Ingles
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois as Lincoln's Cook (uncredited)
1940 Convicted Woman as Chief Matron Brackett
1940 Village Barn Dance as Minerva Withers
1940 Laddie as Sarah, the Housekeeper
1939 Swanee River as Temperance Woman
1939 A Child Is Born as Prison Matron
1939 Bad Little Angel as Miss Brown, Orphanage Secretary (uncredited)
1939 Blackmail as Sarah
1939 Tell No Tales as Mrs. Haskins
1939 6,000 Enemies as Prison Matron
1939 Big Town Czar as Ma Daley
1939 Broadway Serenade as Mrs. Olsen, the Landlady
1939 Sergeant Madden as Mrs. McGillivray
1939 Made for Each Other as Annie - Cook #1
1939 How to Sub-Let as Mrs. Mustavas
1939 The Great Man Votes as Mrs. Markham
1939 The Women as Ingrid
1938 Girls on Probation as Mrs. Engstrom
1938 Prison Farm as Cora Waxley
1938 Condemned Women as Mrs. Clara Glover, Head Matron
1938 Stolen Heaven as Lieschen
1937 The Awful Truth as Mrs. Leeson
1937 Dead End as Mrs. Fenner
1937 Easy Living as Lillian
1937 Wild Money as Jenny Hawkins
1937 Damaged Goods as Mrs. Dupont
1937 Outcast as Hattie Simmerson
1936 Hollywood Boulevard as Martha
1936 Fury as Mrs. Whipple
1936 The Case Against Mrs. Ames as Matilda
1936 The Farmer in the Dell as Ma Boyer
1935 The Great Impersonation
1935 In Old Kentucky as Dolly Breckenridge
1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive as Kate
1935 I Live My Life as Brumbaugh, Mrs. Gage's Housekeeper
1935 Curly Top as Genevieve Graham
1935 Private Worlds as Matron
1935 The Wedding Night as Mrs. Kaise Novak
1934 Crime Without Passion as Miss Keeley

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