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Jane Darwell
Birth: Oct. 15, 1879
Palmyra
Marion County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1967
Woodland Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress. Born Patti Woodard in Palmyra, Missouri, her father was a railroad executive who disapproved of her interest in theatre. Despite the disapproval, she continued working in theatre and made her film debut in 1912. It would be the first of over 200 film performances. Her first notable performances in talking pictures came in 1930 and 1931 when she played the part of the Widow Douglas in the films "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." Throughout the 1930s she continued to play roles mostly as a governess or housekeeper. Among her credits were the Shirley Temple films "Bright Eyes," "Curly Top," and "Poor Little Rich Girl." Her career took a new path when she landed the role as the James Brothers' mother in the 1939 Tyrone Power/Henry Fonda film "Jesse James." It would be the first of several times she would play the mother of Henry Fonda on film. One of those times came in 1940 when she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Ma Joad in the classic film "The Grapes Of Wrath". She continued playing character parts into the late 1950s including television guest appearances on shows such as "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," "My Friend Flicka," "Maverick," "Wagon Train," and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." By the late 1950s illness had forced her into retirement. Then, in 1963 while living at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital she was personally sought out by Walt Disney who wanted her for a part in his new film. She tearfully accepted his offer. The small, but important role of the Bird Woman in the "Feed The Birds" sequence of "Mary Poppins" would be the final performance in her illustrious career. (bio by: Decal) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Whispering Pines, lot 1817
 
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Record added: Oct 22, 1998
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I remember spending a lot of time at your house with my grandmother. You were always so sweet. I loved plying dress up with you. Wearing yor jewelry and beautiful gowns. You always made us kids feel so special. I still have your special gifts you gave to ...(Read more)
- Tammy
 Added: May. 17, 2014

- Nena Smothers
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014
I remember you very well--you were a very good actress--we wont forget you--RIP!
- Garlene
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014
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