Mildred Dunnock Overview:

Character actress, Mildred Dunnock, was born Mildred Dorothy Dunnock on Jan 25, 1901 in Baltimore, MD. Dunnock died at the age of 90 on Jul 5, 1991 in Oak Bluffs, MA and was laid to rest in Lamberts Cove Cemetery in West Tisbury, MA.


Mildred Dunnock was a ' birdlike' American actress who was adept at playing spinsters, whether fey, warm-hearted or waspish. She was exceptionally busy on television in the 1950s. Her film appearances were relatively few, but often memorable. Her strong acting style took her to two Oscar Supporting Actress nominations, for "Death of a Salesman" and "Baby Doll". Other notable films include "The Corn is Green" (a repeat of her stage role) and "Sweet Bird of Youth". 

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



Although Dunnock was nominated for two Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1951Best Supporting ActressDeath of a Salesman (1951)Linda LomanNominated
1956Best Supporting ActressBaby Doll (1956)Aunt Rose ComfortNominated

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

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Mildred Dunnock Quotes:

[Arriving home with her husband after sending the youngest of their three sons off to the Korean War, Sarah begins trashing the husband's WWI shrine.]
Sarah Greer: Liar! Crazy, crazy liar! You never were in any one of those places and you know it. You never heard a shot fired. You were in Paris all through the war, shining up a general's boots, bringing him bicarbonate of soda when he'd drunk too much the night before. I went along with you; I thought it was childish, foolish, but I didn't think it did any harm. I thought if it made you feel any better to pretend you'd won the war alone, who did it hurt? But then I saw something: when your son Riley was killed
[in WWII]
Sarah Greer: , you were proud. And Martin was missing for four days in France; it made you feel important. You were a big man in Iverson's bar for an evening. Well, that's all over. You can take all this junk right back where you captured it with your own two hands, back to the pawn shop on Sixth Avenue in New York. As of this evening, there are no more professional heroes in this house.

Gloria Wandrous: I spent the night with Steve's girlfriend, Norma.
Mrs. Wandrous: Ah, isn't that nice! She knows a boy whose girlfriend is that unselfish!
Mrs. Fanny Thurber: That's a girl who won't have a girlfriend long.
Gloria Wandrous: A compliment from you, Mrs. Thurber?
Mrs. Fanny Thurber: I must have said it wrong!

Mrs. Jescott: Vulgarity has its uses.

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Godmother to Italian-American actress Maria Tucci.

She was a devout Christian Scientist.

Her husband, Keith M. Urmy, was born June 13, 1906 and died February 1995 at the age of 88. Before retirement he was an executive of Chemical Bank in Manhattan.

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