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Known for Crusty, domineering society matrons and grandmothers; cross old ladies with hearts of gold
Top Roles Apple Annie, Aunt Etta, Mimi, Aunt Elizabeth Random, Mrs. Wendel
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Comedy, Film Adaptation, Musical, Crime
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May Robson Overview:

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.

MINI BIO:

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).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1932/33Best ActressLady for a Day (1933)Apple AnnieNominated
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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.

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May Robson Quotes:

Patricia 'Patsy' Patterson: Old people are respectable in spite of themselves.


Mimi: My dear, men are like that. So honorable and wise in some things and just like naughty children in others. You wouldn't blame a little boy for stealing a piece of candy if left alone with a whole boxful, will you?


Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: You know something, Mr Amory? I just discovered America. Imagine that, at my age.
James 'Jim': You discovered what?
Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: America! What it's all about. Where else could it happen that a couple of youngsters like that would refuse to take money simply because they hadn't earned it? Where they don't want to live on Easy Street unless they build their own home? Ah, there they go, bless their hearts. You know, it's youngsters like that that make you have faith in the future.


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