Character actress, May Robson, was born Mary Jeannette Robison on Apr 19, 1858 in Melbourne, Australia. Robson died at the age of 84 on Oct 20, 1942 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, Queens County, New York City, NY.
May Robson was one of Australia's most valuable exports to Hollywood -- a light-haired, round-as-a-dumpling lady who took to acting when widowed at 25, and soon found herself in demand for strong-willed character roles. She came to Hollywood from the stage for good in 1931 to play very human doyennes from both sides of the tracks, who had flinty exteriors and usually took a firm hand with the juveniles, but were good for a tear at the end. She had a few leading roles in an appropriate batch of titles, Lady for Day, You Can't Bury Everything, Grand Old Girl and Granny Get Your Gun. For her Apple Annie in "Lady for a Day", she was nominated for an Oscar.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Although Robson was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.
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May Robson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #36 on Apr 22, 1937.
David and Major Applegate simultaneously: How do you do Mr. Bone.
Mrs. Random: (to David): No, YOU'RE Mr. Bone. This is Major Applegate.
Aunt Mattie: Of course, no one ever listens to me!
Grandmother Lettie: They do if they're within ten miles of ya.
Patricia 'Patsy' Patterson: Old people are respectable in spite of themselves.
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