Saturday, 10 September 2011

Spotlight on a Character Actress: Mildred Natwick

Mildred Natwick is actually quite hilarious and adorable in both of the films I've seen her in and a very good actress at that. Definitely deserving of a solo post!

Mildred Natwick (1905-1994)

Mildred Natwick was again a character/supporting actress who usually played characters who were sweet hearted but had authority and was a firm favourite of director John Ford's. John Ford featured her in some of his big hits like The Quiet Man. She may be most fondly remembered as Jane Fonda's mother in the Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot In The Park, for which she earned her first and only academy award nomination (why not The Quiet Man, cruel world, why?).

Now, I love Mildred Natwick but have only seen her in two whole films, Barefoot In The Park and The Quiet Man. They are both very, very good though and I love that line that she has in Barefoot In The Park after climbing up six flights of stairs after a long night with Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and a Kimono wearing Charles Boyer, "I feel like we've died... and gone to heaven... only we had to climb up!" Note that The Trouble With Harry doesn't even get a mention. Grrrr.

Best Films To Start With:
  1. The Quiet Man
  2. Barefoot In The Park
  3. And if you really want to see it, she is the best thing in The Trouble With Harry.


Audrey said...

Mildred Natwick is one of those familiar-face character actresses that I never attached a name to. She is also great in *Cheaper By the Dozen*, and *The Court Jester*.

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