Marjorie Main

Marjorie Main

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marjorie Main (born Mary Tomlinson, February 24, 1890 – April 10, 1975) was an American actress, best known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player and for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Main worked in vaudeville on the Orpheum circuit and in Chautauqua presentations, and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her first film was A House Divided in 1931. Main began playing upper class dowagers, but ultimately was typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles, for which her distinctive voice was well suited. She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the 1937 film version, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters. She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude-ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939. At this time, she guest-starred on radio programs such as Columbia Presents Corwin and The Goldbergs. Main was signed to a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract in 1940 and stayed with the studio until the mid-1950s. She made six films with Wallace Beery in the 1940s, including Barnacle Bill (1941), Jackass Mail (1942), and Bad Bascomb (1946). She played Sonora Cassidy, the chief cook, in The Harvey Girls (1946). The director George Sidney remarked in the commentary for the film that Miss Main was a "great lady" as well as a great actress who donated most of her paychecks over the years to the support of a school. Perhaps her most famous role is that of Ma Kettle, which she first played in The Egg and I in 1947 opposite Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the part and portrayed the character in nine more Ma and Pa Kettle films. By the early 1950s, she had appeared in several MGM musicals, including, Meet Me in St. Louis and The Belle of New York. She played Mrs. Wrenley in the studio's all-star film It's a Big Country (1951). In 1954, Marjorie Main played her last roles for the studio: Mrs. Hittaway in The Long, Long Trailer and Jane Dunstock in Rose Marie. In 1956, Main's performance as the widow Hudspeth in the hit film Friendly Persuasion was well-received, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1958, Main appeared twice as rugged frontierswoman Cassie Tanner in the episodes "The Cassie Tanner Story" and "The Sacramento Story" on NBC's television series Wagon Train. In the first segment, she joins the wagon train, casts her romantic interest on Ward Bond as Major Adams, and helps the train locate needed horses despite a Paiute threat.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Acton, Indiana, USA
    Birthday
    2/22/1890
Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis
7
The Women
The Women
7
Mr. Imperium
Mr. Imperium
5.3
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer
6.8
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
6.3
A Woman's Face
A Woman's Face
7
Dead End
Dead End
7
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
5.9
The Egg and I
The Egg and I
6.9
Friendly Persuasion
Friendly Persuasion
6.6
The Shepherd of the Hills
The Shepherd of the Hills
6.8
The Belle of New York
The Belle of New York
5.6
Summer Stock
Summer Stock
6.7
Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas
6.9
Undercurrent
Undercurrent
5.8
Ma and Pa Kettle
Ma and Pa Kettle
7.2
Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait
6.9
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
6.8
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
7.2
Tennessee Johnson
Tennessee Johnson
6.2
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
6.1
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
6.3
It's a Big Country
It's a Big Country
5.3
The Kettles in the Ozarks
The Kettles in the Ozarks
6.4
Honky Tonk
Honky Tonk
6.4
Jackass Mail
Jackass Mail
7
Angels Wash Their Faces
Angels Wash Their Faces
6.4
The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
6.1
Murder, He Says
Murder, He Says
6.6
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
6
The Wild Man of Borneo
The Wild Man of Borneo
6.5
The Shadow
The Shadow
6.5
I Take This Woman
I Take This Woman
6.2
Barnacle Bill
Barnacle Bill
7.7
Rose Marie
Rose Marie
4
Lucky Night
Lucky Night
6.6
Big Jack
Big Jack
6
Bad Bascomb
Bad Bascomb
6.2
We Were Dancing
We Were Dancing
4.2
Rationing
Rationing
3
The Wrong Road
The Wrong Road
4.3
The Law and the Lady
The Law and the Lady
6.1
The Affairs of Martha
The Affairs of Martha
5.8
Boy of the Streets
Boy of the Streets
5
Under the Big Top
Under the Big Top
5.5
The Man Who Cried Wolf
The Man Who Cried Wolf
5.5
Women Without Names
Women Without Names
4.8
Too Hot to Handle
Too Hot to Handle
5.8
Girls' School
Girls' School
6
The Show-Off
The Show-Off
7
Little Tough Guy
Little Tough Guy
5.8
Romance of the Limberlost
Romance of the Limberlost
0
Tish
Tish
5.7
Two Thoroughbreds
Two Thoroughbreds
2
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
5.8
Susan and God
Susan and God
6.5
There Goes My Heart
There Goes My Heart
7.2
Gentle Annie
Gentle Annie
5.2
The Harvey Girls
The Harvey Girls
6.5
Wyoming
Wyoming
5.9
The Bugle Sounds
The Bugle Sounds
6
Prison Farm
Prison Farm
5.7
Turnabout
Turnabout
6
Test Pilot
Test Pilot
6.6
Another Thin Man
Another Thin Man
7.2
They Shall Have Music
They Shall Have Music
5.9
King of the Newsboys
King of the Newsboys
6
Fast Company
Fast Company
7
A House Divided
A House Divided
6.2
The Trial of Mary Dugan
The Trial of Mary Dugan
5
Johnny Come Lately
Johnny Come Lately
6.5
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
6.5
Music in the Air
Music in the Air
4.8
Dark Command
Dark Command
6.3
The Captain Is a Lady
The Captain Is a Lady
6
Broken Lullaby
Broken Lullaby
7.5
Art Trouble
Art Trouble
6.5
Harry Fox and His Six American Beauties
Harry Fox and His Six American Beauties
1
New Deal Rhythm
New Deal Rhythm
5.5
Ricochet Romance
Ricochet Romance
7
Close Relations
Close Relations
0
Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
6
Crime Without Passion
Crime Without Passion
5.8
The World of Abbott and Costello
The World of Abbott and Costello
6.3
Penitentiary
Penitentiary
0
Three Comrades
Three Comrades
7.2
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