Alison Skipworth Overview:

Character actress, Alison Skipworth, was born Alison Mary Elliott Margaret Groom on Jul 25, 1863 in London, England. Skipworth died at the age of 89 on Jul 5, 1952 in New York City, NY .


Heavy-featured and slightly menacing British actress, Alison Skipworth, was a heavy-weight who looked built for stern dramatics, but more often scored in comedy. She was married to the artist Frank Markam Skipworth, and didn't become an actress until she was 30. She went to America two years later, gradually becoming a solid player on Broadway. In Hollywood from 1930, she never looked her real age and people were amazed to find she was 75 years old when she finally retired. More than a match for W.C. Fields and even Mae West. she had a couple of vehicles of her own (A Lady's Profession, Madame Racketeer) and also played the Sydney Greenstreet role in Satan Met a Lady, the second version of The Maltese Falcon!

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



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Alison Skipworth Quotes:

Elmer Hicks: I thought you were dead!
Countess von Claudwig: You mean you hoped I was.

Lady Gertrude Allwyn: The story is from a novel entitled Lavender and Old Lace, but the name of the cinema has been changed to... um... She Done Him Plenty.

Countess von Claudwig: When I regain my health, I shall plan a life of dignity and rectitude.

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