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Sarah Padden

Sarah Padden was a character actress in theater and vaudeville from Chicago, Illinois. She performed on stage in the early 20th century. She is noted for her expressive voice and for her psychological studies of the characters she portrayed. Her finest single-act performance was in The Clod, a stage production in which she played an uneducated woman who lived on a farm during the American Civil War. Padden was a featured player on the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.. She had a role in His Grace de Grammont, a romantic comedy by Clyde Fitch which came to the Park Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts in September 1905. The production starred Skinner and was based on the life of a chevalier in the court of Charles II. Padden appeared again with Skinner in a four-act play produced by Charles Frohman, The Honor of the Family, by Emile Fabre, which was presented in New Rochelle, New York in September 1907. Another of her theatrical parts was in Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. It was performed at the Wilkes Orange Grove Theater (Majestic Theater), 845 South Broadway (Los Angeles), in November 1925. She was also an active screen actress from 1926 to 1958, appearing in 178 films and TV shows. In 1938, she played Ma Thayer in MGM's Rich Man Poor Girl, directed by Reinhold Schunzel and starring Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, and Lana Turner. Bill Harrison (Robert Young) a wealthy young businessman moves in with secretary girlfriend Joan Thayer's (Ruth Hussey) eccentric family to convince her they can make their marriage work. In 1941, she played wealthy spinster Aunt Cassandra ("Cassie") Hildegarde Denham in Murder by Invitation, directed by Phil Rosen and starring Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh. In this "closed room" murder comedy, after they unsuccessfully attempt to have her declared legally insane to gain control of her fortune, her nephews and nieces are invited to a week's visit at her mansion where they are murdered one by one.

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Oct 15, 1881 In England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Girl with an Itch 1958-11-12
Latest Project:
In the movie The Woman Who Did Not Care 1927-07-05
Known For
Poster of The Missourians
Poster of Song of Old Wyoming
Poster of Reg'lar Fellers
Poster of Trifles
Movie Girl with an Itch Cookie
Movie Screaming Mimi Landlady
Movie The Kettles in the Ozarks Mrs. Tinware
Movie Prince of Players Mary Todd Lincoln (uncredited)
Movie Big Jim McLain Mrs. Lexiter
Movie Utah Wagon Train Sarah Wendover
Movie The Missourians Mother Kovacs
Movie Again Pioneers Ma Ashby
Movie A Life of Her Own Betsy Ross Hotel Overseer (uncredited)
Movie Gunslingers Rawhide Rosie Rawlins
Movie House by the River Mrs. Beach - Stephen's elderly cook
Movie Range Justice Ma Curtis
Movie Homicide Mrs. Webb
Movie Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad Mom Palooka
Movie The Dude Goes West Mrs. Hallihan
Movie The Return of the Whistler Mrs. Hulskamp
Movie Frontier Revenge Widow Owens
Movie Joe Palooka in the Knockout Mom Palooka
Movie Ramrod Mrs. Parks
Movie Love and Learn Mrs. Grant
Movie That Brennan Girl Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady
Movie Wild West Carrie Bannister
Movie My Dog Shep Aunt Carrie Hodgkins
Movie Gentleman Joe Palooka Mom Palooka
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Agatha (uncredited)
Movie Joe Palooka, Champ Mom Palooka
Movie The Unseen Alberta
Movie Identity Unknown Mrs. Anderson
Movie The Master Key Aggie
Movie Song of Old Wyoming Ma Conway
Movie Wildfire Aunt Agatha
Movie Apology for Murder Maggie, the Janitress
Movie Marshal of Laredo Mrs. Randall
Movie Dakota Mrs. Plummer
Movie Ghost Guns Aunt Sally
Movie Girl Rush Mrs. Emma Mason
Movie San Diego I Love You Mrs. Gulliver (uncredited)
Movie Casanova Brown Mrs. Smith
Movie Trail to Gunsight Grandma Wagner
Movie Range Law Boots Annie
Movie The Navy Way Mrs. Margaret Gimble
Movie Assignment in Brittany Albertine
Movie Family Troubles Mrs. Jones
Movie Hangmen Also Die! Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
Movie Riders of the West Ma Turner
Movie Law and Order Aunt Mary Todd
Movie The Mad Monster Grandmother
Movie This Gun for Hire Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
Movie Heart of the Rio Grande 'Skipper' Forbes
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Mrs. Kimball
Movie Private Snuffy Smith Lowizie Smith
Movie The Power of God Esther Worne
Movie City of Missing Girls Mrs. Randolph
Movie The Man Who Lost Himself Maid
Movie In Old Colorado Ma Woods
Movie A Woman's Face Police Matron
Movie Reg'lar Fellers Hetty Carter
Movie The Corsican Brothers Nurse
Movie Murder by Invitation Aunt Cassie
Movie Chad Hanna Mrs. Todd
Movie Lone Star Raiders Lydia 'Granny' Phelps
Movie Forgotten Girls Miss Donaldson
Movie Son of the Navy Mrs. Baker - Landlady
Movie I Stole a Million Lady in Post Office (uncredited)
Movie Should a Girl Marry? Mrs. Wilson
Movie The Zero Hour Sister Theodosia
Movie Let Freedom Ring 'Ma' Logan
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Woman Wanting Needle Threaded (uncredited)
Movie Off the Record Mrs. Fallon (uncredited)
Movie Romance of the Limberlost Sarah
Movie Women in Prison Martha Wilson
Movie Little Orphan Annie Mrs. Nora Moriarty
Movie Woman Against Woman Dora
Movie Rich Man, Poor Girl Ma
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Victim
Movie Exiled to Shanghai Aunt Jane
Movie Youth on Parole Mrs. Blair
Movie Anna Karenina Governess
Movie Mad Love Mother of Crippled Child
Movie Stranded Workman's Wife (uncredited)
Movie The Hoosier Schoolmaster Sarah
Movie A Dog of Flanders Frau Keller
Movie Man of Two Worlds Olago
Movie As the Earth Turns Mrs. Janowski
Movie David Harum Widow Cullon
Movie Little Man, What Now? Widow Scharrenhofer
Movie He Was Her Man Mrs. Gardella
Movie The Defense Rests Mrs. Evans
Movie The Sin of Nora Moran Mrs. Watts
Movie The Power and the Glory Henry's Wife
Movie Ann Vickers Lil, a Black Woman
Movie Doctor Bull Mary the Canning Cook
Movie The Important Witness Deaf Woman
Movie Face in the Sky Ma Brown
Movie Cross-Examination Mary Stevens
Movie Young America Mrs. Mary Taylor
Movie The Midnight Lady Nita St. George
Movie Grand Hotel Chambermaid in Room 174 (uncredited)
Movie Red-Headed Woman Mary, Legendre Maid (uncredited)
Movie Blondie of the Follies Ma McClune
Movie Kongo Nun (uncredited)
Movie Wild Girl Lize
Movie Women Won't Tell Aggie Specks
Movie Tess of the Storm Country Old Martha
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Duna the Landlady (uncredited)
Movie The Great Meadow Mistress Molly Hall
Movie Bad Girl Mrs. Gardner (uncredited)
Movie The Yellow Ticket Mother Kalish
Movie Mata Hari Sister Teresa (uncredited)
Movie Today Emma Warner
Movie Billy the Kid Homesteader Mrs. Foster (uncredited)
Movie Trifles Mrs. Wright
Movie The Sophomore Mrs. Collins
Movie Wonder of Women Anna
Movie The Bugle Call Luke's Wife
Movie The Woman Who Did Not Care Mrs. Carroll