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Josephine Whittell

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Josephine Whittell
Josephine Whittell
Born
Josephine Cunningham

(1883-11-30)November 30, 1883
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 1961(1961-06-01) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1916–1959
Spouse(s)Robert Warwick
(m. 1910; div. 19??)
Josephine Whittell from a 1916 publication.
Josephine Whittell from a 1916 publication.

Josephine Whittell (born Josephine Cunningham, November 30, 1883 – June 1, 1961) was an American character actress of silent and sound films.

Early years

Whittell was born on November 30, 1883, in San Francisco, California,[1] Her father was Charles W. Cunningham.[2]

Career

Early in her career, Whittell performed as a chorus girl in Anna Held's theatrical company.[3]

Whittell began her film career during the silent era, debuting in a featured role in 1917's Alimony.[4] She appeared in four silent films between 1917 and 1921, before taking a hiatus from the film industry.[5] In 1931 Whittell returned to films, with supporting roles in two Wheeler and Woolsey comedies, Caught Plastered and Peach O'Reno.[6][7] During her 43-year career, she appeared in more than 70 films.[5] In the early 1930s, she appeared frequently as the older seductress in films before the enactment of the film code in the mid-1930s.[8]

Whittell appeared in many notable films, either in supporting or small roles. Some of those films include: Stage Door (1938), starring Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Adolphe Menjou;[9] 1939's The Women, with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell;[10] the 1945 version of State Fair, starring Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews;[11] King Vidor's The Fountainhead, the film version of the Ayn Rand novel of the same name, starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal;[12] the musical, In the Good Old Summertime, with Judy Garland and Van Johnson;[13] George Stevens' A Place in the Sun, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters;[14] the Cecil B. De Mille epic, The Greatest Show on Earth;[15] and the 1954 version of A Star is Born, directed by George Cukor, and starring Garland and James Mason.[16]

She remained active in films until late in life, making her last appearance in 1959's The Buccaneer, directed by Anthony Quinn (his only directing credit).[17]

Personal life

In May 1904, Josephine Cunningham's purported engagement to George Whittell Jr. was a subject of dispute. She and her mother said that a diamond ring was evidence of the engagement. Meanwhile, George Whittell Sr. denied any engagement.[3] On June 2, 1904, they were married in Jersey City, New Jersey.[18] Whittell married actor Robert Warwick in 1910. When she acted on stage and he worked in films, they lived in New York and California, respectively, and visited each other occasionally.[19]

Death

On June 1, 1961, Whittell died in Hollywood, California, at age 77.[1] She was cremated and interred in Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.[20]

Filmography

References

  1. ^ a b Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7864-0983-9. Retrieved April 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Daughter here for death quiz". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. March 4, 1934. p. 9. Retrieved April 29, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Mrs. Cunningham Declares Her Daughter Will Marry George Whittell, Jr.; His Father Denies It". The San Francisco Examiner. California, San Francisco. May 12, 1904. p. 4. Retrieved April 29, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Josephine Whittell Is Screen Player". Motography. XVIII (26): 1354. December 29, 1917. Retrieved April 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Josephine Whittell". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Caught Plastered". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Peach-O-Reno". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "Josephine Whittell, About This Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Stage Door". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The Women". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "State Fair". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "The Fountainhead". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "In the Good Old Summertime". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "A Place in the Sun". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "The Greatest Show on Earth". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "A Star is Born". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "The Buccaneer". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Actress asks divorce from capitalist's son". San Francisco Call. California, San Francisco. March 18, 1906. p. 43. Retrieved April 29, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Josephine Whittell has a great love for dogs". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. December 21, 1919. p. 38. Retrieved April 28, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Josephine Whittell". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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