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Edna May Oliver Appreciation Thread


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She may not have been beautiful, but she made up for it by her excellent acting and hilarious tongue-in-cheek humor.

My favorite performance of hers is as in "David Copperfield" (1935), where as Aunt Betsy she played the strong-willed but caring aunt of the main character played by Freddie Bartholomew, and dominates her scenes in the film.

Trivia: although many of her films 'sport' her with a British accent, she was actually born Edna May Nutter, November 2, 1883 in Malden, MA.

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Edna appeared in many films. One that I would love to see is "Let's Get Married" (1926) where Edna plays an intoxicated hymn-book buyer starring alongside Richard Dix. NY Times critics raved: "Edna May Oliver gives a decidedly capable performance in a relatively unimportant part. One only regrets that she is not beheld in more sequences of this effort."

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I love Edna May. One of the greats who made the classic films classic. Just the other day, I was thinking of which of her roles is my favorite. I think I've decided that it's this one:

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Edna May Oliver as Mrs. McKlennar in Drums Along the Mohawk (her one Oscar-nominated performance)

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I read somewhere that Ms Oliver had a very nice singing voice, too. According to her, she never explored using it in musicals because she felt she had a "Horse face." 

My favorite role of hers is as Miss Pross in A TALE OF TWO CITIES. I love that sped up fight scene between her and Blanche Yurka! 

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