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Mildred Dunnock

Mildred Dunnock

Mildred Dunnock was an American theater, film and television actress. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dunnock was a school teacher who did not start acting until she was in her early thirties. After a couple of roles in Broadway productions, Dunnock won praise for her performance as a Welsh school teacher in The Corn is Green (1940). The 1945 film version marked her screen debut opposite the late Bette Davis.

During the 1940s Dunnock performed mostly on stage, and scored another major success with Death of a Salesman in 1948. She reprised her role in the 1951 film version. She originated the role of Big Mama in the 1956 Broadway version of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, although the movie role would go to Dame Judith Anderson.

Her films include The Trouble with Harry (1955), Love Me Tender (movie) (1956), Baby Doll (1956), Peyton Place (film) (1957), The Nun's Story (1959), BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962).

In addition to her successful career as a character actress in film and theater, Dunnock appeared frequently in numerous TV series in guest roles, and later in her career, several made-for-television movies, including a remake of Death of a Salesman in which she played Linda Loman for the third time.

Dunnock was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Death of a Salesman in 1951, and for Baby Doll in 1956.

Her final film was The Pick-up Artist in (1987), which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald.

She was married to Keith Urmy from 1933 until his death, and had one child. She was also Godmother to Italian-American stage actress Maria Tucci.

Dunnock died in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts of natural causes at the age of 90.

Mildred Dunnock has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures, at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Mildred Dunnock Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1901
SignAquarius
BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of deathJuly 5, 1991 (age 90)

Selected Filmography

Not available.