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Actress, Mary Nash, was born Mary Ryan on Aug 15, 1884 in Troy, NY. Nash died at the age of 92 on Dec 3, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA .

Mary Nash was born Mary Ryan on August 15th, 1884 in Troy, New York. Her father, James Ryan, was a successful lawyer who died when she was young. Her mother, Ellen, then remarried to a vaudeville booking agent names Philip F. Nash and Mary then took his surname. Thanks to her stepfathers connections in the vaudeville connection, Mary was able to pursue an acting career, going on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


She began a successful Broadway career at the turn of the century, making frequent appearances until the mid-1930s. During that time she also became a regular on the stages in London, proving her cross-continental appeal. She began her film career in 1934, appearing the short film uncertain lady. She continued to act in Hollywood, often playing mild manner women often pushed to their breaking point in films like Easy Living, Wells Fargo, The Little Princess and The Rain Comes. In 1939 she returned to Broadway to appear as the matriarch of the Lord family in The Philadelphia Story. She would then returned to the role in 1940 with the George Cukor adaptation.


Nash continued to act for the next six years with her last film being the 1946's Swell Guy. she then retired from the film business. She lived the rest of her life in Los Angeles. Mary Nash died on December 3rd, 1976. She was 92 years old.


(Source: article by Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub).

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Mary Nash Quotes:

Heidi: The Grandfather will be worried. He didn't know I was going away, so I must go back tomorrow.
Klara Sesemann: Didn't Dete tell you?
Heidi: Tell me what?
Klara Sesemann: That you're to live here with me.
Heidi: No, she didn't tell me.
Klara Sesemann: You see, my mama's dead, and my papa's business keeps him in Paris most of the time, and I haven't anyone to play with.
Heidi: But I can't live here! I'm going back to the Grandfather right away!
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Indeed you are.
Klara Sesemann: No! I like her!
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Andrews will take you home in the morning.
Klara Sesemann: No! I want her to stay!
Fräulein Rottenmeier: I know what is best for you, Klara.
Klara Sesemann: My papa sent for her! You must wait until he comes home!
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Klara, you'll make yourself ill.
Klara Sesemann: I will! I know I will, if you don't let me keep Heidi!
Heidi: But Klara, I can't stay here!
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Be quiet, both of you.


Fräulein Rottenmeier: [Heidi yawns at the dinner table] Adelheid! Did I actually see you yawn? I'm horrified!
Klara Sesemann: Don't scold her. She's had such a hard day.
Fräulein Rottenmeier: I am trying to be patient, Klara. But it is the height of impropreity to yawn at the dinner table. A yawn at any time is a sign of disrespect and lack of control. It shows that the attention is wandering and that the young person is not interested in the improvement of her mind.
[Klara giggles]
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Oh!
[Heidi has fallen asleep]


Captain Reginald Crewe: Sara has no mother, and we've never been separated for more than a few days.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: How touching.
Captain Reginald Crewe: This is going to be very hard on her.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: Have no fear, Captain Crewe. I'm a mother to all my little girls.


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