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 Martha Wentworth

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Martha Wentworth Famous memorial

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
8 Mar 1974 (aged 84)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID
18192182 View Source

Actress. She is best remembered for her vocal portrayal of the eccentric villainous Madame Mim in "The Sword in the Stone" (1963). Born Verna Wentworth, following the completion of her public education, she attained her degree in theatrical arts from the National School of Expression where one of her mentors was the acclaimed theatrical instructress and actress Minnie Maddern Fiske. While working in radio she was befriended by director Isadore Freleng. Impressed by her articulate voice, blonde good looks, and wholesome charm, he took notice of her potential and arranged for her to begin a career in the film industry beginning with her starring in a leading role under his supervision in "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935). From there, she would go on to appear in over 80 features; often typecast as wives, mothers, old maids, housekeepers, secretaries, nurses, educators, landladies, neighbors, retail clerks, girlfriends, gossips, businesswomen, dowagers, shopkeepers, historical figures, eccentrics, curmudgeons, mythical creatures, aristocrats, foreigners, and matriarchs. She appeared in such feature films as "Prison Shadows" (1936), "He Was Her Man" (1937), "Old Smokey" (1938), "Art Gallery" (1939), "Waterloo Bridge" (1940), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941), "The Jungle Book" (1942), "Clancy Street Boys" (1943), "Strange Affair" (1944), "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "The Stranger" (1946), "Vigilantes of Boomtown" (1947), "His Bitter Half" (1950), "Love Nest" (1951), "Young Man with Ideas" (1952), "The Clown" (1953), "The Human Jungle" (1954), "Jupiter's Darling" (1955), "Rock Around the Clock" (1956), "Monkey on My Back" (1957), "Go, Johnny, Go!" (1959), "The Beatniks" (1960), and "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961). On television, she became an even more familiar face appearing in numerous guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Dangerous Assignment," "Fireside Theatre," "Four Star Playhouse," "General Electric Theatre," "Public Defender," "I Married Joan," "It's a Great Life," "The Loretta Young Show," "Crossroads," "Telephone Time," "The Court of Last Resort," "Dragnet," "Playhouse 90," "Lassie," "Northwest Passage," and "Perry Mason". During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been a member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, was a regular parishioner of the Episcopal church, presided as a chairwoman for her local charters of the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes, had been a theatrical instructress for the Pasadena Playhouse, was a magazine model for the Forbes Agency, and she was married to stage actor Albert Otto from 1914 to 1926 (their union ended in divorce and produced two children). Following her 1963 retirement, she spent the final years of her life partaking in charitable and religious ventures until her death.

Actress. She is best remembered for her vocal portrayal of the eccentric villainous Madame Mim in "The Sword in the Stone" (1963). Born Verna Wentworth, following the completion of her public education, she attained her degree in theatrical arts from the National School of Expression where one of her mentors was the acclaimed theatrical instructress and actress Minnie Maddern Fiske. While working in radio she was befriended by director Isadore Freleng. Impressed by her articulate voice, blonde good looks, and wholesome charm, he took notice of her potential and arranged for her to begin a career in the film industry beginning with her starring in a leading role under his supervision in "I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935). From there, she would go on to appear in over 80 features; often typecast as wives, mothers, old maids, housekeepers, secretaries, nurses, educators, landladies, neighbors, retail clerks, girlfriends, gossips, businesswomen, dowagers, shopkeepers, historical figures, eccentrics, curmudgeons, mythical creatures, aristocrats, foreigners, and matriarchs. She appeared in such feature films as "Prison Shadows" (1936), "He Was Her Man" (1937), "Old Smokey" (1938), "Art Gallery" (1939), "Waterloo Bridge" (1940), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941), "The Jungle Book" (1942), "Clancy Street Boys" (1943), "Strange Affair" (1944), "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "The Stranger" (1946), "Vigilantes of Boomtown" (1947), "His Bitter Half" (1950), "Love Nest" (1951), "Young Man with Ideas" (1952), "The Clown" (1953), "The Human Jungle" (1954), "Jupiter's Darling" (1955), "Rock Around the Clock" (1956), "Monkey on My Back" (1957), "Go, Johnny, Go!" (1959), "The Beatniks" (1960), and "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961). On television, she became an even more familiar face appearing in numerous guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Dangerous Assignment," "Fireside Theatre," "Four Star Playhouse," "General Electric Theatre," "Public Defender," "I Married Joan," "It's a Great Life," "The Loretta Young Show," "Crossroads," "Telephone Time," "The Court of Last Resort," "Dragnet," "Playhouse 90," "Lassie," "Northwest Passage," and "Perry Mason". During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been a member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, was a regular parishioner of the Episcopal church, presided as a chairwoman for her local charters of the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes, had been a theatrical instructress for the Pasadena Playhouse, was a magazine model for the Forbes Agency, and she was married to stage actor Albert Otto from 1914 to 1926 (their union ended in divorce and produced two children). Following her 1963 retirement, she spent the final years of her life partaking in charitable and religious ventures until her death.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood

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  • Originally Created by: Unknown
  • Added: 4 Mar 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 18192182
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18192182/martha-wentworth: accessed ), memorial page for Martha Wentworth (2 Jun 1889–8 Mar 1974), Find a Grave Memorial ID 18192182, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.