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1858 - 1942
The actress May Robson was born as Mary Jeanette Robison in Melbourne. She was a very popular character actress who often impersonated likeable roles but was also convincing as a stuck-up and tyrannical matron.
Before May Robson launched a career as an actress she was educated in
Brussels, Paris and London. At the age of 22 she already married but her
husband died only three years later and left her with three children.
May Robson made her film debut with "A Night Out" (15), but only at
the end of the 20's she appeared regular in movies.
She experienced her great breakthrough in the 30's. She became established as a character actress in well-known movies like "Red-Headed Woman" (32), "Little Orphan Annie" (32), "If I Had a Million" (32), "Lady for a Day" (33) - for which she was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress - "Alice in Wonderland" (33), "Mills of the Gods" (35), "Anna Karenina" (35) with Greta Garbo, "A Star Is Born" (37), the wonderful comedy "Bringing Up Baby" (38) with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn and "Four Wives" (39).
May Robson was able to work till to her death. To her last productions
belong "That's Right - You're Wrong" (39), "Irene" (40), "Million Dollar
Baby" (41) and "Joan of Paris" (42).
Other movies with May Robson: