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Jessie Ralph
Jessie Ralph in The Last of Mrs Cheyney trailer.jpg
Born
Jessie Ralph Chambers

(1864-11-05)November 5, 1864
DiedMay 30, 1944(1944-05-30) (aged 79)
Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1880–1941
Spouse(s)William Patton (his death)

Jessie Ralph Patton (born Chambers, November 5, 1864 – May 30, 1944), known as Jessie Ralph, was an American stage and screen actress, best known for her matronly roles in many classic movies.

She was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1864 and made her acting debut in stock theater in 1880 at age 16.[1] On Broadway, George M. Cohan cast her in many of his musicals, but she also appeared in dramatic roles.[citation needed] Her Broadway debut came in The Kreutzer Sonata (1906), and her final appearance on Broadway came in The Good Earth (1932).[2]

Ralph debuted in two-reel films in New York in 1915 and went to Hollywood in 1933.[1] in a motion picture career that eventually spanned 25 years, she became a permanent Hollywood actress in 1933. She was nearly 70 at this time, so her parts were limited to matronly roles, but her expertise at stealing scenes captured the imagination of cinema-goers of the time. Her best-known roles are as Greta Garbo's maid in Camille, as W.C. Fields' battle-axe of a mother-in-law in The Bank Dick, as Myrna Loy's supercilious Aunt Katherine in After the Thin Man, and as Nurse Peggotty in David Copperfield. She starred in 55 movies altogether, 52 between 1933 and 1941.[citation needed]

Personal life

She was married to actor William Patton.[3]

Death

Ralph retired from Hollywood in 1941 after her leg was amputated.[1] She was a diabetic. She died four years later in her home town of Gloucester at the age of 79 of a heart attack. Her gravesite is in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Filmography

References

  1. ^ a b c Gordon, Dr Roger L. (2018). Supporting Actors in Motion Pictures. Dorrance Publishing. pp. 32–33. ISBN 9781480944992. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jessie Ralph". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on September 14, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jessie Ralph". Billboard. June 10, 1944. Retrieved September 14, 2019.

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