Ethel Griffies

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Real Name: Ethel Woods
Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth Date: April 26, 1878
Occupation: Actress, Soundtrack

Ethel Griffies Biography

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. She was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in "Havoc" (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at filmmaking in 1917, she made her movie bow in 1930, repeating her stage role in Old English (1930). Habitually cast as a crotchety old lady with the proverbial golden heart, she alternated between bits and prominently featured roles for the next 35 years. Her larger parts included Grace Poole in both the 1934 (Jane Eyre (1934)) and 1943 (Jane Eyre (1943)) versions of "Jane Eyre" and the vituperative matron who accuses Tippi Hedren of being a harbinger of doom in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). Every so often she'd take a sabbatical from film work to concentrate on the stage; she made her last Broadway appearance in 1967, at which time she was England's oldest working actress. Presumably at the invitation of fellow Briton Arthur Treacher, Ethel was a frequent guest on TV's "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962), never failing to bring down the house with her wickedly witty comments on her 80 years in show business.

Ethel Griffies Movies / TV-Shows

The Birds (1963)
Billy Liar (1963)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
Devotion (1946)
Lights Out (1946)
Saratoga Trunk (1945)
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
Holy Matrimony (1943)
Jane Eyre (1943)
Castle in the Desert (1942)
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Great Guns (1941)
Dead Men Tell (1941)
Billy the Kid (1941)
Vigil in the Night (1940)
Irene (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Father and Son (1936)
Anna Karenina (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)
The House of Rothschild (1934)
We Live Again (1934)
Jane Eyre (1934)
Bombshell (1933)
Midnight Club (1933)
Torch Singer (1933)
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Love Me Tonight (1932)

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