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Helen Lowell

Helen Lowell
Helen Lowell, from a 1909 publication
BornJune 2, 1866
New York, U.S.
DiedJune 29, 1937 (aged 71)
Other namesHelen Lowell Robb
Years active1919–1937 (film & TV)

Helen Lowell born Helen Lowell Robb (1866–1937) was an American stage and film actress.[1]


Lowell was born in New York on June 2, 1866, to William and Mary Robb. In 1884 she debuted in the title role of Iolanthe at the Academy of Music in New York. At the age of 21 her mother died. She was known for playing the role of Mrs. Errol in Little Lord Fauntleroy. In 1895 she played Charlotte Corday. She appeared in J.M.Barrie's Quality Street creating the role of Susan Throssell in the first New York production with Maude Adams, who starred as Phoebe Throssell ([2]

In October 1903 she appeared in the stage version Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in Louisville, Kentucky. She was able to tour to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and across America for the next seven years playing Miss Hazy "in the Cabbage Patch".[2]

She had a successful career as a stage comedienne, appearing on Broadway in The Torch-Bearers (1922), before she went to Hollywood in 1934 where she appeared in Side Streets which was a Warner Bros film. She became known as the first choice for playing middle aged women.[2]

On June 29, 1937, Lowell was found dead in her hotel room in Hollywood.[3]


  • Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as Miss Hazey
  • Cappy[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Goble p.510
  2. ^ a b c Axel Nissen (12 August 2016). Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-0-7864-9732-4.
  3. ^ "Miss Lowell, Film and Stage Actress". The New York Times. June 30, 1937. p. 24. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  4. ^ "Munsey's Magazine for". 1919.


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
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