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May Robson is 150!


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Or, she would be if she hadn't died in 1942; today marks the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1858.

 

[*May Robson*|http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/04/150-candles.html] appeared in a whole host of movies despite not getting into the movies until her late 60s; like a lot of the character actors of her day, she shows up over and over again: *Dinner at Eight*, where she plays a cook; *A Star is Born* (Janet Gaynor's grandmother); *Bringing Up Baby* (Katharine Hepburn's aunt), and even B movies like *Straight is the Way*, which TCM aired yesterday (Aussie-born Robson as a New York Jew?)

 

She probably deserves to be best remembered for her Oscar-nominated role in *Lady For a Day*, but since it was made at Columbia, which wasn't as prestigious a studio back in 1933, it's an often overlooked movie.

 

TCM is showing Robson tonight in a small part in *Wife vs. Secretary* (overnight at 12:30 AM ET), which is airing as part of a night of Clark Gable movies.

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It's amazing that she was born before the Civil War. I've seen her in many movies. She was Aunt Etta in "Four Daughters".

 

She was the lady who bought the old folks home in "If I had a Million".

 

She was in many famous movies of the 1930s.

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