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Supporting Actresses: Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Matrons


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This is my favorite part of this site: trivia. It's just a lot of fun and I like to concentrate and stretch my brain! So many original and fun games here, guys! Most of us know many of the leading actors/actresses. It's the supporting ones that are sometimes challenging.


Right now I am concentrating on older women, most of whom inevitably played mothers and the like. Few of these women won awards. Most never played leading roles. Very often they were accomplished English stage actresses before coming to Hollywood in the '30s and '40s. They played the same kind of roles over and over. I can think of a dozen without trying hard, and I'm sure there are many more. I love these women!


Here's my trivia game idea. I thought I'd run this idea up the pole and see if anyone here salutes: Briefly describe the character and the movie as the clue. Then, someone name the actress and the movie.


I'll give a few examples to see if I can get some brains moving in the direction I'm thinking about. It isn't just "old women": Ethel Barymore wouldn't count because she played mostly leading roles. If this proves to be fun for anyone we can next do men of the same age and type. Then, children.


Okay, here goes:


*Clue*: Bette Davis' tyrannical mother who causes her nervous breakdown

*Answer*: Gladys Cooper in *Now, Voyager*


*Clue*: Katherine Hepburn's Aunt in this often-remade movie. She pretends to be mean but is kind to her family.

*Answer*: Edna May Oliver in *Little Women* 1933


I'll do a couple more in context...


*Clue*: Famous, matronly author whom Irene Dunne consults to help her daughter's career as a writer.

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