Character actress, Norma Varden, was born on Jan 20, 1898 in London, England. Varden died at the age of 91 on Jan 19, 1989 in Santa Barbara, CA .
Norma Varden was a tall, dignified British actress, attractive in a supercilious kind of way, who began her career as a concert pianist. She became a butt for the gags of the Aldwych Theater farceurs, much as Margaret Dumont was with the Marx Brothers, and moved with them into films in 1932. She went to Hollywood in 1939 and played largely sniffy aristocrats until her retirement at 70.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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