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Mildred Dunnock Overview:

Character actress, Mildred Dunnock, was born Mildred Dorothy Dunnock on Jan 25, 1901 in Baltimore, MD. Dunnock died at the age of 90 on Jul 5, 1991 in Oak Bluffs, MA and was laid to rest in Lamberts Cove Cemetery in West Tisbury, MA.


Mildred Dunnock was a ' birdlike' American actress who was adept at playing spinsters, whether fey, warm-hearted or waspish. She was exceptionally busy on television in the 1950s. Her film appearances were relatively few, but often memorable. Her strong acting style took her to two Oscar Supporting Actress nominations, for "Death of a Salesman" and "Baby Doll". Other notable films include "The Corn is Green" (a repeat of her stage role) and "Sweet Bird of Youth". 

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



Although Dunnock was nominated for two Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1951Best Supporting ActressDeath of a Salesman (1951)Linda LomanNominated
1956Best Supporting ActressBaby Doll (1956)Aunt Rose ComfortNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Mildred Dunnock Quotes:

Mrs. Hattie Brown: I'm smoking like a fish.

Gloria Wandrous: I spent the night with Steve's girlfriend, Norma.
Mrs. Wandrous: Ah, isn't that nice! She knows a boy whose girlfriend is that unselfish!
Mrs. Fanny Thurber: That's a girl who won't have a girlfriend long.
Gloria Wandrous: A compliment from you, Mrs. Thurber?
Mrs. Fanny Thurber: I must have said it wrong!

Francisco: The Lord giveth and taketh.
Pilar: Mostly taketh.

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Godmother to Italian-American actress Maria Tucci.

In Italy, she was often dubbed successively by Rina Morelli, Renata Marini and Wanda Tettoni. Giovanna Scotto, Rosetta Calavetta and Tina Lattanzi also lent her voice to Dunnock at some point.

She was a devout Christian Scientist.

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