Josephine Hull Overview:

Actress, Josephine Hull, was born Mary Josephine Sherwood on Jan 3, 1877 in Newtonville, MA. Hull died at the age of 80 on Mar 12, 1957 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Newton Cemetery and Crematory in Newton, Middlesex County, MA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Josephine Hull was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for Harvey (as Veta Louise Simmons) in 1950.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1950Best Supporting ActressHarvey (1950)Veta Louise SimmonsWon
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By Aurora on Apr 15, 2014 From Once Upon a Screen

Josephine Sherwood decided to study drama at Radcliffe College because she couldn’t fight the urge to perform. ?The Newtonville, Massachusetts native began?her journey to become one of the greats of the American theater in a stock company in Boston. ?Hers was not the built of a glamour queen, ... Read full article


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Josephine Hull Quotes:

Abby Brewster: [to Mortimer about the body in the window seat] Who can that be?


Mortimer Brewster: Look, Aunt Martha, men don't just get into window seats and die!
Abby Brewster: We know, dear. He died first.
Mortimer Brewster: Wait a minute! Stop all this. Now, look, darling, how did he die?
Abby Brewster: Oh, Mortimer, don't be so inquisitive. The gentleman died because he drank some wine with poison in it.
Mortimer Brewster: How did the poison get in the wine?
Martha Brewster: Well, we put it in wine, because it's less noticeable. When it's in tea, it has a distinct odor.
Mortimer Brewster: You mean, you... You put it in the wine!
Abby Brewster: Yes. And I put Mr. Hoskins in the window seat, because Reverend Harper was coming.
Mortimer Brewster: Now, look at me, darling. You mean, you mean you knew what you'd done and you didn't want the Reverend Harper to see the body?
Abby Brewster: Well, not at tea. That wouldn't have been very nice.
Mortimer Brewster: Oh, it's first-degree.
Abby Brewster: Now, Mortimer, you know all about it and just forget about it. I do think that Aunt Martha and I have the right to our own little secrets.


Veta Louise Simmons: Oh good! Nobody here but people.


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Josephine Hull Facts
Aunt of producer Shelley Hull.

Has had a successful 50 year career on Broadway before bringing her roles in "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Harvey" from the stage to the screen.

Is interred with her husband in the Newton Cemetery, Newtonville, MA.

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