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Nydia Eileen Westman (February 19, 1902 – May 23, 1970) was an American actress and singer of stage, screen and television.

Westman's parents, Theodore and Lily (Wren) Westman were active in vaudeville in her native New York City. In addition to their working together on stage, her mother was a writer and her father was a composer. She attended the Professional Children's School.

Her sisters, Lolita and Neville were actresses, and her brother, Theodore (d. November 20, 1927), was an actor and playwright.

Westman's career ranged from episodic appearances on TV series such as That Girl and Dragnet and uncredited bit roles in movies to appearances in groundbreaking films (such as Craig's Wife, which starred Rosalind Russell, and the first film version of Little Women.

Westman's screen debut came in Strange Justice (1922). She appeared in 31 films in the 1930s.

She appeared as the housekeeper Mrs. Featherstone in the 1962–1963 ABC series, Going My Way, which starred Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll as Roman Catholic priests in New York City.

Westman's first Broadway play was Pigs (1924); her last was Midgie Purvis (1961).

She broke ground on stage, debuting the role of Nell off-Broadway in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, for which she won one of the first Obie awards.

Westman was married to Robert Sparks, a producer, from 1930 until 1937; they had a daughter, actress Kate Williamson, born on September 19, 1931.

Westman died of cancer at the age of sixty-eight in Burbank, California.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nydia Eileen Westman (February 19, 1902 – May 23, 1970) was an American actress and singer of stage, screen and television.

Westman's parents, Theodore and Lily (Wren) Westman were active in vaudeville in her native New York City. In addition to their working together on stage, her mother was a writer and her father was a composer. She attended the Professional Children's School.

Her sisters, Lolita and Neville were actresses, and her brother, Theodore (d. November 20, 1927), was an actor and playwright.

Westman's career ranged from episodic appearances on TV series such as That Girl and Dragnet and uncredited bit roles in movies to appearances in groundbreaking films (such as Craig's Wife, which starred Rosalind Russell, and the first film version of Little Women.

Westman's screen debut came in Strange Justice (1922). She appeared in 31 films in the 1930s.

She appeared as the housekeeper Mrs. Featherstone in the 1962–1963 ABC series, Going My Way, which starred Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll as Roman Catholic priests in New York City.

Westman's first Broadway play was Pigs (1924); her last was Midgie Purvis (1961).

She broke ground on stage, debuting the role of Nell off-Broadway in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, for which she won one of the first Obie awards.

Westman was married to Robert Sparks, a producer, from 1930 until 1937; they had a daughter, actress Kate Williamson, born on September 19, 1931.

Westman died of cancer at the age of sixty-eight in Burbank, California.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1902-02-19

Day of Death 1970-05-23

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Nydia Eileen Westman

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1970 Rabbit, Run as Mrs. Smith
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1967 The Reluctant Astronaut as Aunt Zana
1966 The Swinger as Aunt Cora
1966 Family Affair (1 episode)
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 The Chase as Mrs. Henderson
1966 The Ghost & Mr. Chicken as Mrs. Cobb
1965 F Troop (1 episode)
1964 The Munsters (1 episode)
1964 The Addams Family (1 episode)
1964 Bewitched (1 episode)
1963 The Farmer's Daughter (1 episode)
1963 For Love or Money as Milo's Wife
1962 Going My Way (30 episodes)
1962 Don't Knock the Twist as Amy
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1960 The Roaring 20's (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1951 Search for Tomorrow (260 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (2 episodes)
1948 The Velvet Touch as Susan Crane
1947 The Late George Apley as Jane Willing
1944 Her Primitive Man as Aunt Penolope
1943 Princess O'Rourke as Mrs. Bowers
1943 Hers to Hold as Nurse Willing
1942 They All Kissed the Bride as Lewis, M.J.'s Secretary
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Miss Van Buren
1941 The Bad Man as Angela Hardy
1940 Hullabaloo as Lulu Perkins
1940 Forty Little Mothers as Madamoiselle Cynthia Cliche
1939 The Cat and the Canary as Cicily
1939 When Tomorrow Comes as Lulu
1938 Bulldog Drummond's Peril as Gwen Longworth
1938 The First Hundred Years as Midge
1937 Bulldog Drummond's Revenge as Gwen Longworth
1937 When Love Is Young as 'Dotty' Leonard
1936 Pennies from Heaven as Slavey - Hotel Maid
1936 Craig's Wife as Mazie
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy as Maybelle
1936 Three Live Ghosts as Peggy 'Peg' Woofers
1935 A Feather in Her Hat as Emily Judson
1935 Captain Hurricane as Gertie
1934 Sweet Adeline as Nellie
1934 One Night of Love as Muriel
1934 Ladies Should Listen as Susie Flamberg
1934 Manhattan Love Song as Annette
1934 Success At Any Price as Dinah
1934 Two Alone as Corie
1933 Little Women as Mamie
1933 Cradle Song as Sister Sagrario
1933 Bondage as Irma
1933 King of the Jungle as Sue
1933 From Hell to Heaven as Sue Wells
1932 Manhattan Tower as Miss Wood
1932 Strange Justice as Gwen

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