Jessie Royce Landis Overview:

Character actress, Jessie Royce Landis, was born Jessie Royce Medbury on Nov 25, 1896 in Chicago, IL. Royce Landis died at the age of 75 on Feb 2, 1972 in Danbury, CT .


Jessie Royce Landis was an American stage actress who became busiest in films in her middle forties playing matrons both caustic and dizzy. Her most notable screen appearance was probably as Grace Kelly's mother in "To Catch a Thief", when she stubs out her cigarette in a soft-boiled egg. 

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



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By Aurora on Nov 9, 2013 From Once Upon a Screen

This is a special guest post by Maegan on “A Character Worth Celebrating.” ?You can follow Maegan on twitter @MaesMusings ? I knew I wanted to write about ?for the What a Character! blogathon when I found myself wishing Jessie Stevens?instead of her daughter Francie?wo... Read full article

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Jessie Royce Landis Quotes:

Frances Stevens: Maybe Mr. Houston doesn't care for gambling.
Jessie Stevens: Everyone likes to gamble in one way or another, even you!
Frances Stevens: I have an intense dislike for it.
Jessie Stevens: Francie, dear, when the stakes are right, you'll gamble!

Jessie Stevens: I know you ought to be spanked with a hairbrush and sent back to school - public school - where they could pound some sense into you during recess.

Jessie Stevens: Sorry I ever sent her to finishing school. I think they finished her there.

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She often stole the show with her blue-bloods and usually played older than she was. She was Cary Grant's mother in North by Northwest (1959) despite the fact she was only seven years older than Grant.

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