Marjorie Main Biography

Place of Birth: Acton, Indiana
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided (1931). She repeated her stage role in Dead End (1937) as Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart)'s mother, which led to a number of slum mother parts. She played very strong role of Lucy, the dude ranch operator in The Women (1939). She achieved popularity as a comedienne in six 1940s movies made with Wallace Beery e.g., Barnacle Bill (1941). The character which would dominate her remaining career was established when she played Ma Kettle in The Egg and I (1947), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. She began her co-starring series with Percy Kilbride the following year in Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948) and continued through seven more. Her last movie was a "Kettle" without Kilbride: The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957).

Marjorie MainPhotos & Pictures

Marjorie Main Marjorie Main Marjorie Main Marjorie Main Marjorie Main Marjorie Main


TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Turnabout 1940 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Stella Dallas 1937 Drama, Romance
Test Pilot 1938 Drama, Romance
Little Tough Guy 1938 Crime, Drama
The Women Lucy 1939 0
I Take This Woman 1940 Drama
Dark Command Mrs. Cantrell, aka Mrs. Adams 1940 Romance
Susan and God Mary Maloney 1940 Drama, Comedy
The Shepherd of the Hills 1941 Adventure, Drama
Honky Tonk 1941 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 0, 0, Biography, 0
Rationing 1944 Comedy
The Bugle Sounds 1944 Drama
The Harvey Girls 1946 Fantasy, 0, 0
Undercurrent Lucy 1946 Biography, 0
The Egg and I Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle 1947 0
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap 1947 Comedy
Ma and Pa Kettle Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle 1949 Comedy
Big Jack 1949
Summer Stock 1951 Musical, Romance
The Belle of New York Mrs. Phineas Hill 1952 Comedy, Musical, Romance
The Long, Long Trailer 1954 Comedy, Romance
The World of Abbott and Costello 1965 Comedy, Documentary