Job Actress
Years active 1880-1941
Known for Nurses, governesses, companions, dowagers
Top Roles Cuckoo, Nurse Peggotty, Mrs. O.H.B. Gage, Kay's Grandmother, Madame Magloire, Mrs. Barlow
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Comedy, Mystery, Film Adaptation, Musical
Top TopicsRomance (Drama), Book-Based, Based on Play
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Vivien Leigh, Joel McCrea, Roy Rogers  see more..

Jessie Ralph Overview:

Character actress, Jessie Ralph, was born Jessie Ralph Chambers on Nov 5, 1864 in Gloucester, MA. Ralph died at the age of 79 on May 30, 1944 in Gloucester, MA and was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Gloucester, MA.


Jessie Ralph was one of those stately-as-a-galleon ladies who brought a touch of warmth and dignity to everything she tackled -- nurses, governesses, companions and dowagers. At one end of the scale, she was a good fairy in "The Blue Bird", then in the same year she enjoyed a rare chance to play the harridan as W.C.Field's mother-in-law in "The Bank Dick". She was forced to give up acting only after the amputation of a leg in 1941.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Jessie Ralph Quotes:

Myrtle Sousé: I'll bet that's Og!
Mrs. Hermisillo Brunch: Mmm, he's got her bettin' now. She never gambled 'fore she met him.

Steven 'Steve' Evans: Hey, Aunt Lucy, how'd you like to pick up a few extra bucks?
Aunt Lucy McCaffey: On a horse, I suppose.
Steven 'Steve' Evans: Yeah.
Aunt Lucy McCaffey: Awww.
[waves her hand]
Steven 'Steve' Evans: But this one's different.
Aunt Lucy McCaffey: What does he do, run backwards?

Margit Agnew: [speaking of her sister] I'm very proud of what I've done. I kept her from making mistakes.
Mrs. Kensington-Bly: Well, it's a lot of fun making mistakes sometimes.

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Jessie Ralph Facts
Thickset, homely, plump-faced, matronly character actress long on the Broadway stage before coming to Hollywood in the early 30s. Known for her kindly, helpful, sometimes eccentric ladies, she could steal scenes at the drop of a hat, no matter how small the role.

Enjoyed a long career acting on Broadway. Active there from mid-1906- late 1932.

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