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Eugenie Besserer

  • Birth 25 Dec 1868 Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
  • Death 28 May 1934 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Section J, Lot 108, Grave 5
  • Memorial ID 11759762

Actress. She is best-remembered for playing Al Jolson's doting mother in the landmark talkie "The Jazz Singer" (1927). In the film's most famous scene, Jolson serenades her with Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" and then utters the immortal phrase, "You ain't heard nothing yet!" Besserer was born in Watertown, New York. She married at 15 and launched her stage career soon afterwards. Her film debut was as Aunt Em in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1910), the first screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved tale, and director D. W. Griffith cast her in several of his lesser efforts. Besserer played mothers, aunts, and finally grandmothers in such films as "Monte Cristo" (1912), "The Garden of Allah" (1916), "Little Orphant Annie" (1918), "Scarlet Days" (1919), "The Idol Dancer" (1919), "Molly O'" (1921), "Anna Christie" (1923), "Flesh and the Devil" (1926), "Drums of Love" (1928), "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1929), "Madame X" (1929), and "Scarface" (1932). She died of a heart attack while planning her 50th wedding anniversary.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 15 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11759762
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eugenie Besserer (25 Dec 1868–28 May 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11759762, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .