Margaret Irving

Margaret Irving (January 18, 1898 – March 5, 1988) was an American stage and film actress.

Margaret Irving (1923)


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1898, Irving is best remembered today for her roles as Aunt Gus in the 1950s sitcom The People's Choice[1] and as Mrs. Whitehead in Animal Crackers (1930) starring the Marx Brothers, a role she originated on the Broadway stage.[2] Her other films included San Francisco (1936), Captain Calamity (1936), Follow Your Heart (1936), Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), and In Society (1944).

She was married to William Frederick James. She died in 1988 in San Francisco, California, at the age of 90.


Year Title Role Notes
1922 Radio-Mania Mary Langdon
1926 The Broadway Boob Mabel Golden
1930 Animal Crackers Mrs. Whitehead
1931 Sheer Luck Patsy
1935 Thanks a Million Mrs. Kruger
1936 Exclusive Story Mrs. Higgins
1936 Wife vs. Secretary Edna Wilson Uncredited
1936 Captain Calamity Mamie Gruen
1936 I Married a Doctor Maude Dyer
1936 San Francisco Della Bailey
1936 Women Are Trouble Frances Blaine
1936 Follow Your Heart Louise Masetti
1936 Four Days' Wonder Aunt Jessica
1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera Mme. Lilli Rochelle
1937 Men in Exile Mother Haines
1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat The Duchess
1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse Mrs. Cunningham
1937 Under Suspicion Laura Walters
1937 Sh! The Octopus Polly Crane
1938 Little Miss Roughneck Mrs. Gertrude 'Gert' LaRue
1938 The Baroness and the Butler Countess Olga
1938 Love, Honor and Behave Nan Bowleigh
1938 The Toy Wife Madame DeCambri Uncredited
1938 Sweethearts Madame Uncredited
1938 Kentucky Woman with Man at Race Track Uncredited
1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning Madame Delacour
1944 In Society Mrs. Winthrop
1945 The Beautiful Cheat Olympia Haven
1955 Ain't Misbehavin' Mrs. Grumbacher Uncredited


  1. ^ Irvin, Richard (12 May 2014). George Burns Television Productions: The Series and Pilots, 1950-1981. McFarland. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7864-9486-6.
  2. ^ Crafton, Donald (1999). The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. University of California Press. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-520-22128-4.

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