Job Actress
Years active 1902-1910, 1917-1964
Known for Comic foil to Groucho Marx; sophisticated but slightly confused wealthy dowagers
Top Roles Mrs. Wagstaff, Woman in Audience Yelling 'Get Off the Stage', Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder, Mrs. Foster, Louise Harlan
Top GenresComedy, Musical, Drama, Romance, Crime, Action
Top TopicsSlapstick, Romance (Comic), Spies
Top Collaborators , , , (Director)
Shares birthday with Anna Neagle, Rex Ingram, B?la Lugosi  see more..

Margaret Dumont Overview:

Legendary character actress, Margaret Dumont, was born Daisy Juliette Baker on Oct 20, 1882 in Brooklyn, NY. Dumont appeared in over 55 film and television roles. Her best known films include (most famously) seven Marx Brothers films (listed below). Dumont died at the age of 82 on Mar 6, 1965 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory (ashes in vaultage) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Tall, stately Margaret Dumont, built along dowager duchess lines, started her career as a singer, but became the world's best-loved comedy foil when she started working, at first on stage, then in films with the Marx Brothers. Groucho always insisted that she didn't understand the jokes. She died from a heart attack a few days after a TV sketch with Groucho.

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


Margaret Dumont appeared in SEVEN Marx Brothers films: as Mrs. Potter in The Cocoanuts (1929), Mrs. Rittenhouse in Animal Crackers (1930), Mrs. Teasdale in Duck Soup (1933), Mrs. Claypool in A Night at the Opera (1935), Mrs. Upjohn in A Day at the Races (1937), Mrs. Dukesbury in At the Circus (1939), and Martha Phelps in The Big Store (1941).



Dumont was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By Annmarie Gatti on Oct 20, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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Margaret Dumont Quotes:

Mrs. Claypool: If you had any real feeling for me you'd stop associating with the kind of riffraff I've seen you going around with.
Otis B. Driftwood: You mean Gottlieb?
Mrs. Claypool: I mean those two uncouth men I saw you around the opera house with. I'm very grateful they're not on board the boat.
Otis B. Driftwood: [gets up from his chair, concerned] Why, have they slipped off?
Mrs. Claypool: [pulls him back into his chair] Sit down!

Ouliotta Delight Hemogloben: Do you think he drinks?
Mrs. Hemogloben: He didn't get that nose from playing ping-pong.

Mrs. Upjohn: Hugo, I mean, Dr. Hackenbush, always insisted on treating me in my home. Why I didn't know there was a thing the matter with me until I met him.

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Margaret Dumont Facts
She was bald and wore wigs for several years on and off camera.

She was the god-daughter of author Joel Chandler Harris.

Offstage, she usually called Groucho Marx "Julie", which is short for Julius, Groucho's given name.

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