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Marjorie Main Overview:

Legendary character actress, Marjorie Main, was born Mary Tomlinson on Feb 24, 1890 in Acton, IN. Main appeared in over 85 film roles. Her best known films include Meet Me in St. Louis, The Women, The Egg and I, and the Ma and Pa Kettle films. Main died at the age of 85 on Apr 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA .

MINI BIO:

Unique, crow-voiced Marjorie Main had a bundled-up nest of dark hair and a sack-of-Potatoes figure. She became a film regular after the early death of her husband and delighted audiences with a great series of haranguing harridans both comic and tragic; most memorably in partnership with Wallace Beery and later on, in the Ma and Pa Kettle series. She was Oscar nominated for The Egg and I. Died from cancer.

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

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Main was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best Supporting ActressThe Egg and I (1947)Ma KettleNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

Know Your Character Actor –

By smumcountry on Feb 24, 2016 From Smum County

February 24, 2016 by smumcounty was born Mary Tomlinson on February 24th, 1890 in Acton Indiana. Marjorie caught the acting bug at an early age. She attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana for a year but then convinced her father to allow her to attend the Hamilton School of Dra... Read full article


Know Your Character Actor –

By smumcountry on Feb 24, 2016 From Smum County

February 24, 2016 by smumcounty was born Mary Tomlinson on February 24th, 1890 in Acton Indiana. Marjorie caught the acting bug at an early age. She attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana for a year but then convinced her father to allow her to attend the Hamilton School of Dra... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born February 24th; 1890-1975 (2)

By C. S. Williams on Feb 24, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Funny lady, , born?Mary Tomlinson, in?Acton, Indiana, on Monday, February 24th, 1890, made her feature film debut in 1931 with ?A House Divided; she had 88 film credits and?was nominated for 1 Academy Award for?Best Actress in a Supporting Role,?as?Phoebe ‘Ma’ Kettle in The ... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born February 24th; 1890-1975

By C. S. Williams on Feb 24, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Funny lady, , born?Mary Tomlinson, in?Acton, Indiana, on Monday, February 24th, 1890, made her feature film debut in 1931 with ?A House Divided; she had 88 film credits and?was nominated for 1 Academy Award for?Best Actress in a Supporting Role,?as?Phoebe ‘Ma’ Kettle in The ... Read full article


, Happy Birthday! Born February 24th; 1890-1975

By C. S. Williams on Feb 24, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Funny lady, , born?Mary Tomlinson, in?Acton, Indiana, on Monday, February 24th, 1890, made her feature film debut in 1931 with ?A House Divided; she had 88 film credits and?was nominated for 1 Academy Award for?Best Actress in a Supporting Role,?as?Phoebe ‘Ma’ Kettle in The ... Read full article


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Marjorie Main Quotes:

Esther Smith: Oh, Katie, they were just little white lies.
Katie the Maid: A lie's a lie. Dressin' it in white don't help it. And just why was I lying this time? Why must we have dinner an hour early?
Esther Smith: Because Rose is expecting...
Katie the Maid: Now don't go blaming your sister.
Esther Smith: Blaming her? Why, we're doing this for her. You know Rose's problem. Warren Sheffield has been writing to her for six months without one word that even smells like a proposal.
Katie the Maid: What's that got to do with having dinner an hour early?
Esther Smith: Warren is telephoning Rose long-distance from New York at half-past six.
Katie the Maid: Long-distance?
Esther Smith: Yes, and if the whole family is sitting here drinking in every word, she may be loathe to say the things a girl's compelled to say to get a proposal out of a man. If that man, unfortunately, is Warren Sheffield.
Katie the Maid: Personally, I wouldn't marry a man who proposed to me over an invention.
Esther Smith: Well, we can't be too particular. While we love Rose, the brutal fact is that, well, she isn't getting any younger.
Katie the Maid: There's the poor old maid now!


Katie the Maid: Anybody want dessert?
Mr. Alonzo Smith: Dessert? What happened to dinner?
Katie the Maid: I didn't think anybody could eat meat on a hot day like this!


Katie the Maid: Would it start a minor revolution in this household if dinner was served an hour early today?
Mrs. Anna Smith: Mr. Smith hates to eat early on a hot day.
Katie the Maid: Eating early on a hot day gives you more time to digest your food before retiring. Besides, I'm due at my sister's at seven o'clock on a family matter.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Is there something wrong with your sister?
Katie the Maid: She's having trouble with her husband. Him bein' a man.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Well, eating early is all right with me, but you'll have to explain it to Mr. Smith.
Katie the Maid: Oh, he won't mind, seein' as how tonight's corn beef night.


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Marjorie Main Facts
Had been known to wear white gloves and a surgical mask for fear of germ contamination.

Her husband, Stanley Lefevre Krebs, was born February 14, 1864 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]

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