Mildred Natwick (June 19, 1905 – October 25, 1994) was an American stage, film and television actress. In 1967, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Barefoot in the Park. She was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1957 and 1972 and won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in the miniseries The Snoop Sisters, opposite Helen Hayes.
Natwick in 1947
June 19, 1905|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||October 25, 1994
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Resting place||Lorraine Park Cemetery|
|Education||Bryn Mawr School|
|Alma mater||Bennett College|
Natwick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Joseph and Mildred Marion Natwick (née Dawes). Her grandfather, Ole Natwick, was one of the earliest Norwegian immigrants to the United States, arriving in Wisconsin in 1847. Her first cousin was animator and cartoonist Myron "Grim" Natwick.
Natwick began performing on the stage at age 21 with "The Vagabonds", a nonprofessional theatre group in Baltimore. She soon joined the University Players on Cape Cod. Natwick made her Broadway debut in 1932 playing Mrs. Noble in Frank McGrath’s play Carry Nation, about the famous temperance crusader Carrie Nation. Throughout the 1930s she starred in a number of plays, frequently collaborating with friend and actor-director-playwright Joshua Logan. On Broadway, she played "Prossy" in Katharine Cornell's production of Candida. She made her film debut in John Ford's The Long Voyage Home as a Cockney slattern, and portrayed the landlady in The Enchanted Cottage (1945).
Natwick is remembered for small but memorable roles in several John Ford film classics, including 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and The Quiet Man (1952). She played Miss Ivy Gravely, in Alfred Hitchcock's Trouble with Harry (1955), and a sorceress in The Court Jester (1956).
She continued to appear onstage, and made regular guest appearances in television series. She was twice nominated for Tony Awards: in 1957 for The Waltz of the Toreadors, the same year she also starred in Tammy and the Bachelor with Debbie Reynolds and Leslie Nielsen  and in 1972 for the musical 70 Girls 70. She returned to film in Barefoot in the Park (1967) as the mother of the character played by Jane Fonda. The role earned Natwick her only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actress. One of Natwick's memorable roles was in The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972), which starred Jason Robards and Lisa Lucas. The program's success spawned three sequels: The Thanksgiving Treasure, The Easter Promise, and Addie and The King of Hearts.
In 1971, Natwick co-starred with Helen Hayes in the ABC Movie of the Week, Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, in which their characters worked together as amateur sleuths. The success of that telefilm resulted in a 1973-74 series, also called The Snoop Sisters, which was part of The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. For her performance, Natwick won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 1981, Natwick joined Hayes as the first members of the Board of Advisors to the Riverside Shakespeare Company. Both attended and supported several fund raisers for that off-Broadway theatre company.
She guest-starred on such television series as McMillan & Wife, Family, Alice, The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, and Murder, She Wrote. She made her final film appearance at the age of 83 in the 1988 historical drama Dangerous Liaisons.
|October 29 – November 1932||Carry Nation||Mrs. Noble|
|September 27 – October 1933||Amourette||Drusilla Thorpe|
|October 24 – November 1933||Spring in Autumn||Pura|
|February 1 – May 1934||The Wind and the Rain||Mrs. McFie|
|September 25, 1934 – February 1935||The Distaff Side||Mrs. Venables|
|November 7 – November 1935||Mrs. Venables||May Beringer|
|February 17, 1936 – June 1936||End of Summer||Mrs. Wyle|
|September 1 – November 1, 1936||Love from a Stranger||Ethel|
|March 10 – May 8, 1937||Candida||Miss Proserpine Garnett|
|September 29, 1937 – April 1938||The Star-Wagon||Mrs. Rutledge|
|September 19 – October 1938||Missouri Legend||The Widow Weeks|
|February 9 – May 27, 1939||Stars In Your Eyes||Bess|
|December 27–30, 1939||Christmas Eve||Mother McGlory|
|January 2–4, 1941||The Lady Who Came to Stay||Milly|
|November 5, 1941 – June 5, 1943||Blithe Spirit||Madame Arcati|
|April 27 – May 31, 1942||Candida||Miss Proserpine Garnett||Revival|
|September 6 – October 2, 1943||Blithe Spirit||Madame Arcati|
|April 3 – May 2, 1946||Candida||Miss Proserpine Garnett||Revival|
|October 26, 1946 – January 4, 1947||The Playboy of the Western World||Widow Quin|
|March 27 – April 26, 1952||The Grass Harp||Dolly Talbo|
|January 17 – May 11, 1957||The Waltz of the Toreadors||Mme. St. Pé||Nominated: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play|
|February 20–22, 1958||The Day the Money Stopped||Kathie Morrow|
|April 30 – May 31, 1958||The Firstborn||Miriam|
|March 2–19, 1960||The Good Soup||Marie-Paule and Armand's Mother, Angele|
|December 14, 1960 – May 27, 1961||Critic's Choice||Charlotte Orr|
|October 23, 1963 - June 25, 1967||Barefoot in the Park||Mrs. Banks|
|November 27 – December 27, 1969||Our Town||Mrs. Gibbs|
|April 15 – May 15, 1971||70, Girls, 70||Ida Dodd||Nominated: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical|
|March 29 – November 24, 1979||Bedroom Farce||Delia||Replacement|
- The Long Voyage Home (1940) - Freda
- The Enchanted Cottage (1945) - Mrs. Abigail Minnett
- Yolanda and the Thief (1945) - Aunt Amarilla
- The Late George Apley (1947) - Amelia Newcombe
- A Woman's Vengeance (1948) - Nurse Caroline Braddock
- The Kissing Bandit (1948) - Isabella
- 3 Godfathers (1948) - The Mother
- She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - Abby Allshard
- Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) - Mrs. Mebane
- The Quiet Man (1952) - The Widow Sarah Tillane
- Against All Flags (1952) - Molvina MacGregor
- The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Miss Ivy Gravely
- The Court Jester (1955) - Griselda
- Teenage Rebel (1956) - Grace Hewitt
- Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) - Aunt Renie
- Arsenic & Old Lace (1962) (TV) - Martha Brewster
- Barefoot in the Park (1967) - Ethel Banks
- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) - Jenny Grant
- The Maltese Bippy (1969) - Jenny Grant
- Trilogy (1969) - Miss Miller (segment "Miriam")
- Miriam (1970) (TV)
- Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (1971) (TV) - Shelby Saunders
- The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972) (TV) - Grandma Mills
- Money to Burn (1973) (TV) - Emily Finnegan
- The Snoop Sisters (1973–1974) (TV series) - Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
- Daisy Miller (1974) - Mrs. Costello
- At Long Last Love (1975) - Mabel Pritchard
- Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) - Mrs. Reilly
- Murder She Wrote (1986) (TV) - Carrie McKittrick
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988) - Madame de Rosemonde (final film role)
- "Natwick never lost her love for the stage". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 28, 1994. p. D4. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
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- Jones, George O.; McVean, Norman S. (1923). History of Wood County, Wisconsin. 1. Brookhaven Press. p. 362.
- Meuel, David (2014). Women in the Films of John Ford. McFarland. p. 83. ISBN 0-786-47789-X.
- "Mildred Natwick". masterworksbroadway.com.
- "Helen Hayes (1900-1993)". The Daily Bulletin. Frederick, Maryland: Maryland School for the Deaf. October 10, 2013. p. 1.
- Nemy, Enid (December 4, 1981). "The Evening Hours". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- Nissen, Axel (2007). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties. McFarland. p. 132. ISBN 0-786-42746-9.
- (Nissen, 2007 & p.131)
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