Margaret Dumont Biography

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Margaret Dumont would probably consider it a tragedy that she is best-known for her performances as the ultimate straight woman in seven of the Marx Brothers' films (including most of their best). By all accounts she never understood their jokes (offscreen and on), which is of course a major reason why she's so funny. Apart from a small role in a 1917 Dickens adaptation, she spent her early career on the stage, ending up with the Marxes in the late 1920s in the stage versions of The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930), and was given a Paramount contract at the same time they were. She played similar roles alongside other great comedians, including W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy and Jack Benny and also played straight dramatic parts (her chief love), but few of them made much impact - it is as Groucho Marx's foil that she ranks among the immortals, and she died shortly after being reunited with him on "The Hollywood Palace" (1964).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Animal Crackers Mrs. Rittenhouse 1930 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Cocoanuts 1929 Comedy, Musical
Animal Crackers Mrs. Rittenhouse 1930 Comedy, Musical
Duck Soup Mrs. Teasdale 1933 Comedy, Musical
A Night at the Opera Mrs. Claypool 1935 0
A Day at the Races 1937
At the Circus 1939 0
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break 1941 Comedy, Musical
The Dancing Masters 1943 Comedy, Romance
The Horn Blows at Midnight 1945 Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Little Giant 1946 Comedy
What a Way to Go! 1964 Comedy, Romance, Musical