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Who is the woman in The Women

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Every time I watch "The Women" I wonder about the actress who played the mother of all the girls. I believe there were eight of them. She is the one who goes with Sylvia Fowler to the perfume counter to find out what Chrystal looks like. I don't believe I have ever seen her in anything else. I thought may be she was in the stage production and was brought to Hollywood to be in the movie version. Any info on her would be appreciated so next time I watch "The Women" I will know who I am looking at. Thanks

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Possibly Norma Shearer (Mary Haines), who's husband is having an affair with Crystal.

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There was no one woman who played the mother off all the others.

You may mean Edith --I can't remember her name--but I don't recall her being the one who went with Sylvia to the perfume counter.

Not Mary, though.

Oh, and then there was the Old Maid--I can't even remember the character's name, much less the actress! I remember she was very good, though.

 

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Hi Lulu2u --

I believe that it's Edith Potter (Mrs. Phelps Potter) played by Phyllis Povah that you are thinking of - she went to the perfume counter with Sylvia, and kept on trying to have a son for her husband -- she was the mother to a lot of girls.

 

Julie

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Thanks Julie, that's the one. Now, who was Phylis Povah. I don't recall seeing her in any thing else. Was my assumption right that she was in the Broadway play, "The Women" and went to Hollywood to make the film and went back to Broadway after the filming was completed? Or, does anyone recall seeing her in other films? She's always been a big mystery to me.

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Phyllis Povah (July 21, 1893 ? August 7, 1975) was an American actress, who made numerous appearances on stage and a few films.

 

Povah made her Broadway theatre debut in Mr. Pim Passes By in 1921 and acted in minor roles in several productions over the next two decades. She achieved a notable success in a featured role in the stage production of The Women, and the play ran for 18 months, from 1936 until 1938. When a film version was planned, Povah and Marjorie Main were the only members of the cast who were chosen to reprise their roles in the film which was released in 1939. (The film was directed by George Cukor).

 

The film was a success, but Povah continued to work steadily in theatre, and appeared in the film Let's Face It (1943) with Bob Hope and Betty Hutton. Dear Ruth, in which Povah starred with John Dall and Virginia Gilmore played on Broadway from 1944 until 1946, and provided her with a substantial role and her biggest success during the 1940s. She made two films in 1952, The Marrying Kind with Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray, and Pat and Mike with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, both directed by George Cukor.

 

Her final Broadway role was in Anniversary Waltz with MacDonald Carey and Kitty Carlisle in 1954 and 1955. The film version, retitled Happy Anniversary (1959) and costarring David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor, was her final film.

 

She died from a heart attack in New York City.

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Thanks, galaxy. Mystery solved. She was so good in The Women (film version) it is a pity she did not do more film.

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