Lucile Watson Overview:

Character actress, Lucile Watson, was born on May 27, 1879 in Québec, Canada. Watson died at the age of 83 on Jun 24, 1962 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Pixie-like, fair-haired, sharp-nosed, bright-eyed, often dominant Canadian actress who played character roles in Hollywood from 1934 after long stage experience in New York dating back to 1900. Often assuming British or foreign accents, the veteran actress was, as befitted her Broadway experience, an expert at taking center stage from less experienced principals. After making her last Hollywood film in 1951, she returned to the stage and made occasional appearances in TV drama up to her death.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



Although Watson was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActressWatch on the Rhine (1943)Fanny FarrellyNominated

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Lucile Watson Quotes:

Isabella: Who is he?
Elderly nobleman: The most vulgar, impossible, obnoxious, ill-mannered...
Princess Bitotska: In one word, he's an American!

Fanny Farrelly: We've been shaken out of the magnolias.

Mrs. Mary Kimball: [to Jess] The world allows considerable liberty to wives it has never allowed to widows. I notice, for instance, you're no longer wearing black.

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