Job Actress
Years active 1907-1955
Known for Harassed and sometimes domineering wives, vacuous motherly types
Top Roles Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Bromley, Mrs. Hawkley, Carola P. Gaye, The Countess De Lave
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, Family
Top TopicsBook-Based, Mistaken Identity, Marriage
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Mary Boland Overview:

Character actress, Mary Boland, was born Marie Anne Boland on Jan 28, 1880 in Detroit, MI. Boland died at the age of 85 on Jun 23, 1965 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Round-faced American actress Mary Boland turned from drama on the stage to comedy on the screen, scoring resounding success opposite Charlie Ruggles, in a whole series of films in the thirties, usually playing his harassed (and sometimes domineering) wife.

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



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Mary Boland Quotes:

Mrs. Peabody: Now, Henry, I don't want to reproach you, but I want you to feel like a dirty little rat, Sweetheart.

Mrs. Genevieve Russell: Then we can just expect the worst. I don't know what it is, but we can expect it.

[Egbert is wearing a loud, checked suit]
Effie Floud: Take off those clothes.
Egbert Floud: No, sir, I won't do it! Effie, we might just as well have a showdown right here and now. What did Lincoln say at Gettysburg? Yeah, you don't know - well, I'll tell you. He said that all men are created equal. He didn't just mean a few men - he meant ALL men. And that includes me: I'm created equal.
Effie Floud: Equal to what?
Egbert Floud: Equal... equal to WHAT? Well, equal to... uh...
Egbert Floud: [to Ma Pettingill] ... She changed the subject on me.
Egbert Floud: [to Effie, recovering his train of thought] Men are created equal to women! That's why you have no right to order me around the way you do. Abe Lincoln said so.
Effie Floud: He also said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time and All of the people some of the time." But you can't fool me, Egbert Floud, ANY of the time... you striped bass!

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Mary Boland Facts
Performed on Broadway from 1907-54.

Of Irish Catholic extraction, and convent-educated.

Never married.

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