Biography

From Wikipedia

Sarah Padden (October 16, 1881 – December 4, 1967) was a character actress in theater and vaudeville from Chicago, Illinois. She performed on stage in the early 20th century. She is noted for her expressive voice and for her psychological studies of the characters she portrayed. Her finest single-act performance was in The Clod, a stage production in which she played an uneducated woman who lived on a farm during the American Civil War.

Padden was a featured player on the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.. She had a role in His Grace de Grammont, a romantic comedy by Clyde Fitch which came to the Park Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts in September 1905. The production starred Skinner and was based on the life of a chevalier in the court of Charles II. Padden appeared again with Skinner in a four-act play produced by Charles Frohman, The Honor of the Family, by Emile Fabre, which was presented in New Rochelle, New York in September 1907.

Another of her theatrical parts was in Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. It was performed at the Wilkes Orange Grove Theater (Majestic Theater), 845 South Broadway (Los Angeles), in November 1925.

She was also an active screen actress from 1926 to 1958, appearing in 178 films and TV shows.

In 1938, she played "Ma" Thayer in MGM's Rich Man Poor Girl, directed by Reinhold Schunzel and starring Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, and Lana Turner. Bill Harrison (Robert Young) a wealthy young businessman moves in with secretary girlfriend Joan Thayer's (Ruth Hussey) eccentric family to convince her they can make their marriage work.

In 1941, she played wealthy spinster Aunt Cassandra ("Cassie") Hildegarde Denham in Murder by Invitation, directed by Phil Rosen and starring Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh. In this "closed room" murder comedy, after they unsuccessfully attempt to have her declared legally insane to gain control of her fortune, her nephews and nieces are invited to a week's visit at her mansion where they are murdered one by one.

From Wikipedia

Sarah Padden (October 16, 1881 – December 4, 1967) was a character actress in theater and vaudeville from Chicago, Illinois. She performed on stage in the early 20th century. She is noted for her expressive voice and for her psychological studies of the characters she portrayed. Her finest single-act performance was in The Clod, a stage production in which she played an uneducated woman who lived on a farm during the American Civil War.

Padden was a featured player on the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.. She had a role in His Grace de Grammont, a romantic comedy by Clyde Fitch which came to the Park Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts in September 1905. The production starred Skinner and was based on the life of a chevalier in the court of Charles II. Padden appeared again with Skinner in a four-act play produced by Charles Frohman, The Honor of the Family, by Emile Fabre, which was presented in New Rochelle, New York in September 1907.

Another of her theatrical parts was in Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. It was performed at the Wilkes Orange Grove Theater (Majestic Theater), 845 South Broadway (Los Angeles), in November 1925.

She was also an active screen actress from 1926 to 1958, appearing in 178 films and TV shows.

In 1938, she played "Ma" Thayer in MGM's Rich Man Poor Girl, directed by Reinhold Schunzel and starring Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, and Lana Turner. Bill Harrison (Robert Young) a wealthy young businessman moves in with secretary girlfriend Joan Thayer's (Ruth Hussey) eccentric family to convince her they can make their marriage work.

In 1941, she played wealthy spinster Aunt Cassandra ("Cassie") Hildegarde Denham in Murder by Invitation, directed by Phil Rosen and starring Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh. In this "closed room" murder comedy, after they unsuccessfully attempt to have her declared legally insane to gain control of her fortune, her nephews and nieces are invited to a week's visit at her mansion where they are murdered one by one.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 104

Birthday 1881-10-16

Day of Death 1967-12-04

Place of Birth England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Sarah Ann Padden
  • Sara Padden

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1958 Girl with an Itch as Cookie
1955 Prince of Players as Mary Todd Lincoln (uncredited)
1952 Big Jim McLain as Mrs. Lexiter
1951 Utah Wagon Train as Sarah Wendover
1950 The Missourians as Mother Kovacs
1950 Again Pioneers as Ma Ashby
1950 A Life of Her Own as Betsy Ross Hotel Overseer (uncredited)
1950 Gunslingers as Rawhide Rosie Rawlins
1950 House by the River as Mrs. Beach - Stephen's elderly cook
1949 Range Justice as Ma Curtis
1948 Frontier Revenge as Widow Owens
1948 The Dude Goes West as Mrs. Hallihan
1948 The Return of the Whistler as Mrs. Hulskamp
1948 Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad as Mom Palooka
1947 Ramrod as Mrs. Parks
1947 Love and Learn as Mrs. Grant
1946 That Brennan Girl as Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady
1946 Wild West as Carrie Bannister
1946 My Dog Shep as Aunt Carrie Hodgkins
1946 Joe Palooka, Champ as Mom Palooka
1945 Dakota as Mrs. Plummer
1945 Song of Old Wyoming as Ma Conway
1945 Marshal of Laredo as Mrs. Randall
1945 Apology for Murder as Maggie, the Janitress
1945 Wildfire as Aunt Agatha
1945 The Unseen as Alberta
1945 The Master Key as Aggie
1944 Ghost Guns as Aunt Sally
1944 Girl Rush as Mrs. Emma Mason
1944 San Diego I Love You as Mrs. Gulliver (uncredited)
1944 Casanova Brown as Mrs. Smith
1944 Trail to Gunsight as Grandma Wagner
1944 Range Law as Boots Annie
1944 The Navy Way as Mrs. Margaret Gimble
1943 Hangmen Also Die! as Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
1943 Assignment in Brittany as Albertine
1942 Law and Order as Aunt Mary Todd
1942 Riders of the West as Ma Turner
1942 The Mad Monster as Grandmother
1942 This Gun for Hire as Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
1942 Heart of the Rio Grande as 'Skipper' Forbes
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides as Mrs. Kimball
1942 Private Snuffy Smith as Lowizie Smith
1942 The Power of God as Esther Worne
1941 The Corsican Brothers as Nurse
1941 Reg'lar Fellers as Hetty Carter
1941 Murder by Invitation as Aunt Cassie
1941 A Woman's Face as Police Matron
1941 City of Missing Girls as Mrs. Randolph
1941 The Man Who Lost Himself as Maid
1941 In Old Colorado as Ma Woods
1940 Chad Hanna as Mrs. Todd
1940 Lone Star Raiders as Lydia 'Granny' Phelps
1940 Son of the Navy as Mrs. Baker - Landlady
1939 I Stole a Million as Lady in Post Office
1939 Should a Girl Marry? as Mrs. Wilson
1939 The Zero Hour as Sister Theodosia
1939 Let Freedom Ring as 'Ma' Logan
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Woman Wanting Needle Threaded (uncredited)
1939 Off the Record as Mrs. Fallon (uncredited)
1938 Little Orphan Annie as Mrs. Nora Moriarty
1938 Little Tough Guys in Society as Victim
1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl as Ma
1938 Woman Against Woman as Dora
1938 Romance of the Limberlost as Sarah
1938 Women in Prison as Martha Wilson
1937 Exiled to Shanghai as Aunt Jane
1937 Youth on Parole as Mrs. Blair
1935 Anna Karenina as Governess
1935 Mad Love as Mother of Crippled Child
1935 Stranded as Workman's Wife (uncredited)
1935 A Dog of Flanders as Frau Keller
1934 The Defense Rests as Mrs. Evans
1934 He Was Her Man as Mrs. Gardella
1934 Little Man, What Now? as Widow Scharrenhofer
1934 David Harum as Widow Cullon
1934 As the Earth Turns as Mrs. Janowski
1934 Man of Two Worlds as Olago
1933 The Sin of Nora Moran as Mrs. Watts
1933 The Power and the Glory as Henry's Wife
1933 Ann Vickers as Lil, a Black Woman
1933 Doctor Bull as Mary the Canning Cook
1933 The Important Witness as Deaf Woman
1933 Face in the Sky as Ma Brown
1932 Rasputin and the Empress as Duna the Landlady (uncredited)
1932 Tess of the Storm Country as Old Martha
1932 Women Won't Tell as Aggie Specks
1932 Wild Girl as Lize
1932 Kongo as Nun in Convent School
1932 Blondie of the Follies as Ma McClune
1932 Red-Headed Woman as Mary, Legendre Maid (uncredited)
1932 Grand Hotel as Chambermaid in Room 174 (uncredited)
1932 The Midnight Lady as Nita St. George
1932 Young America as Mrs. Mary Taylor
1932 Cross-Examination as Mary Stevens
1931 Mata Hari as Sister Teresa (uncredited)
1931 The Yellow Ticket as Mother Kalish
1931 Bad Girl as Mrs. Gardner (uncredited)
1930 Today as Emma Warner
1930 Billy the Kid as Homesteader Mrs. Foster (uncredited)
1930 Trifles as Mrs. Wright
1929 The Sophomore as Mrs. Collins
1929 Wonder of Women as Anna
1927 The Bugle Call as Luke's Wife

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