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Elisabeth Risdon (born Daisy Cartwright Risdon; 26 April 1887 – 20 December 1958) was an English film actress. She appeared in over 140 films between 1913 and 1952. A beauty in her youth, she usually played in society parts. In later years in films she switched to playing character parts.

Born in London, England, Risdon graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in 1918 with high honours. She attracted the attention of George Bernard Shaw and was cast as the lead in his biggest plays. Besides her performances for Shaw, she was leading lady for actors including George Arliss, Otis Skinner, and William Faversham. She was also under contract to the Theatre Guild for many years.

In later years, she taught drama to patients at a veterans administration hospital near her Brentwood home. She was married to the prolific silent film director George Loane Tucker who left her a widow in 1921. She later married actor Brandon Evans, who died in April 1958. She was the great-aunt of actress Wendy Barrie-Wilson.

Risdon died in December 1958 in St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California from a cerebral haemorrhage. Her body was donated to medical science.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elisabeth Risdon (born Daisy Cartwright Risdon; 26 April 1887 – 20 December 1958) was an English film actress. She appeared in over 140 films between 1913 and 1952. A beauty in her youth, she usually played in society parts. In later years in films she switched to playing character parts.

Born in London, England, Risdon graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in 1918 with high honours. She attracted the attention of George Bernard Shaw and was cast as the lead in his biggest plays. Besides her performances for Shaw, she was leading lady for actors including George Arliss, Otis Skinner, and William Faversham. She was also under contract to the Theatre Guild for many years.

In later years, she taught drama to patients at a veterans administration hospital near her Brentwood home. She was married to the prolific silent film director George Loane Tucker who left her a widow in 1921. She later married actor Brandon Evans, who died in April 1958. She was the great-aunt of actress Wendy Barrie-Wilson.

Risdon died in December 1958 in St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California from a cerebral haemorrhage. Her body was donated to medical science.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 90

Birthday 1887-04-26

Day of Death 1958-12-20

Place of Birth London, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Elizabeth Risden
  • Elizabeth Risdon

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1952 Scaramouche as Isabelle de Valmorin
1951 Bannerline as Margaret Trimble
1951 In Old Amarillo as Granny Adams
1951 My True Story as Mme. Rousseau
1950 The Milkman as Mrs. Laura Carter
1950 Bunco Squad as Jessica Royce
1950 Sierra as Aunt Susan
1950 Hills of Oklahoma as Kate Carney
1950 The Secret Fury as Dr. Twining
1949 Down Dakota Way as Dolly Paxton
1948 Every Girl Should Be Married as Mary Nolan
1948 Sealed Verdict as Mrs. Hockland
1948 Bodyguard as Gene Dysen
1948 The Bride Goes Wild as Mrs. Carruthers as rs. Carruthers
1947 High Wall as Mrs. Kenet
1947 Life with Father as Mrs. Whitehead
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge as Emily Baggett
1947 The Egg and I as Betty's Mother
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim as Mrs. Pritchard
1946 Roll on Texas Moon as Cactus Kate Taylor
1946 Lover Come Back as Ma Williams
1946 The Walls Came Tumbling Down as Catherine Walsh
1946 They Made Me a Killer as 'Ma' Conley
1946 The Fighting Guardsman as Mme. de Montrevel
1945 The Unseen as Mrs. Norris
1945 A Song for Miss Julie as Mrs. Ambrose Charteris
1945 Grissly's Millions as Leona Palmor
1944 Blonde Fever as Mrs. Talford
1944 Tall in the Saddle as Miss Elizabeth Martin
1944 In the Meantime, Darling as Helen Corkery
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Mrs. Polverdine
1944 Weird Woman as Dean Grace Gunnison
1943 Higher and Higher as Mrs. Georgia Keating
1943 Lost Angel as Mrs. Pringle
1943 Never a Dull Moment as Mrs. Schuyler Manning III
1943 Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event as Aunt Della Lindsay
1942 Random Harvest as Mrs. Lloyd
1942 Journey for Margaret as Mrs. Bailey
1942 Mexican Spitfire's Elephant as Aunt Della Lindsay
1942 Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost as Aunt Della Lindsay
1942 I Live on Danger as Mrs. Morrell
1942 Are Husbands Necessary? as Mrs. Westwood
1942 Reap the Wild Wind as Mrs. Claiborne
1942 Mexican Spitfire At Sea as Aunt Della Lindsay
1942 Jail House Blues as Mrs. Alyosius McGonigle McGann
1941 Paris Calling as Madame Jennetier
1941 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby as Aunt Della
1941 At the Stroke of Twelve as Abigail Osley, aka The Old Doll
1941 Footlight Fever as Aunt Hattie Drake
1941 Mr. Dynamite as Achilles
1941 Nice Girl? as Marrtha Peasley
1941 High Sierra as Ma
1941 Let's Make Music as Malvina Adams
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Aunt Della Lindsay
1940 Slightly Tempted as Ethelreda Knox
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Aunt Clarissa
1940 Saturday's Children as Mrs. Myrtle Halevy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
1940 Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me! as Minerva
1940 Honeymoon Deferred as Sarah Frome
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois as Sarah Lincoln
1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk as Jury Member
1940 Mexican Spitfire as Aunt Della Lindsay
1939 Disputed Passage as Mrs. Cunningham
1939 The Roaring Twenties as Mrs. Sherman
1939 Full Confession as Norah O'Keefe
1939 Five Came Back as Martha Spengler
1939 The Man Who Dared as Jessie Carter
1939 The Girl from Mexico as Aunt Della Lindsay
1939 Sorority House as Mrs. Scott
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Widow Douglass
1939 The Great Man Votes as Phoebe Ainslee
1938 Tom Sawyer, Detective as Aunt Sally Phelps
1938 Girls on Probation as Kate Heath
1938 The Affairs of Annabel as Mrs. Fletcher
1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn as Mrs. Jordan
1938 My Bill as Aunt Caroline
1938 Mannequin as Mrs. Cassidy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
1937 They Won't Forget as Mrs. Hale (as Elizabeth Risdon)
1937 Dead End as Mrs. Connell
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow as Cora Payne
1937 Mountain Justice as Mrs. Harkins
1937 The Woman I Love as Mme. Herbillion
1936 Theodora Goes Wild as Aunt Mary
1936 Craig's Wife as Mrs. Landreth
1936 The King Steps Out as Grand Duchess Sofia
1936 Don't Gamble with Love as Grace
1935 Crime and Punishment as Mrs. Raskolnikov
1916 The Mother of Dartmoor as Avesa Pomeroy
1915 Love in a Wood as Rosiland
1914 The Suicide Club

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