Zeffie Tilbury

Zeffie Agnes Lydia Tilbury(November 20, 1863 – July 24, 1950) was an English actress.

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 Zeffie Tilbury's Personal life

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 Zeffie Tilbury's Career

She is today best-known for playing wise or evil older characters in films, such as the distinguished lady gambler at dinner with Garbo inThe Single Standard, as the pitiful Grandma Joad inThe Grapes of Wrathand Grandma Lester inTobacco Road.

Her earliest surviving silent film is the Valentino / Nazimova 1921 production ofCamille. Tilbury is probably best remembered as the old lady who is befriended by Spanky and his friends on her birthday and, as a result, is transformed from a lonely, disagreeable recluse to a happy and loving carefree soul in the 1936 Hal RoachOur GangcomedySecond Childhood. In the same year she also portrayed the Gypsy Queen in the Laurel and Hardy filmThe Bohemian Girl.

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 Zeffie Tilbury's Selected filmography

  • Blind Man's Lucky(1917)
  • The Avalanche(1919)
  • Clothes(1920)
  • The Single Standard(1929)
  • Charlie Chan Carries On(1931)
  • Mistery Liner(1934)
  • Werewolf of London(1935)
  • Desire(1936)
  • The Bohemian Girl(1936)
  • Anthony Adverse(1936)
  • Second Childhood(1936)
  • Maid of Salem(1937)
  • Arrest Bulldog Drummond(1939)
  • Balalaika(1939)
  • Tell No Tales (1939)
  • The Grapes of Wrath(1940)
  • Tobacco Road(1941)

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 Zeffie Tilbury's References

  1. Zeffie Tilbury profile at Probert Encyclopedia
  2. Zeffie Tilbury profile at Cinemorgue
  3. Gänzl, Kurt. Lydia Thompson in Encyclopaedia of the Musical Theatre, Blackwell/Schirmer (1994)
  4. Zeffie Tilbury, The Internet Movie Database
  5. "Classical Plays: Souvenirs and Portraits", Rob Wilton Theatricalia

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