Helen Broderick Overview:

Legendary character actress, Helen Broderick, was born on Aug 11, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Broderick died at the age of 68 on Sep 25, 1959 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Ferndale Cemetery in Johnstown, Fulton County, NY.


The mother of Broderick Crawford, Helen Broderick was a Broadway favorite for many years, brightening comedies and musicals with her caustic humor and ability to sing, dance, or do almost anything else required of her. In movies, often working with topnotch performers like Victor Moore, she was fated to be cast in third-rate productions of second-rate screenplays. When a good one came along, like Top Hat (1935), she was marvelous. Other films include 50 Million Frenchmen (1931), Love on a Bet (1936), Meet the Missus (1937), Father Takes a Wife (1941) and Because of Him (1946).

(Source: available at Amazon The Movie Makers [please note: the book has some data errors which have been corrected in this article by CMH]).



Broderick was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Helen Broderick Quotes:

Madge Hardwick: Here or there, as long as you remain a spinster, you're fair game for any philandering male. What you really should have is a husband you can call your own.

Mabel Anderson: [after having just been hit in the face with a snowball] You know, snow tastes just as bad as water.

Mabel Anderson: Beautiful, isn't it?
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What is?
Mabel Anderson: The music.
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What music?
Mabel Anderson: The music they're playing.
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: Oh, yeah.
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What made you think of it?
Mabel Anderson: Think of what?
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: The music.
Mabel Anderson: [said sarcastically] Oh, I don't know; my mind was wandering, I guess.

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In addition to her appearances with Fred Astaire in Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936), Broderick starred with Astaire in the Broadway version of "The Band Wagon" in 1931.

Mother of Broderick Crawford.

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