Laura Hope Crews
Laura Hope Crews
Laura Hope Crews was a leading actress of the American stage in the first decades of the 20th century who is best remembered today for her later work as a character actress in motion pictures of the 1930s. Her best-known film role was Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind.
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  • 1942
    Age 62
    Crews's final stage appearance came in 1942, in the original Broadway run of Arsenic and Old Lace in which she replaced one of the original cast members.
    More Details Hide Details She stayed with the production for more than a year and a half on Broadway and in a touring company before she was forced to leave because of illness.
  • 1933
    Age 53
    The Silver Cord was later made into a 1933 RKO movie with Crews reprising her onstage role of the mother.
    More Details Hide Details The film co-starred Joel McCrea, Frances Dee and Irene Dunne. In the late 1920s Crews had been hired by Gloria Swanson to help with her transition to talking pictures.
  • 1926
    Age 46
    She also appeared in The Silver Cord, written by Sidney Howard, which was produced by the New York Theater Guild in 1926 and ran for 212 performances.
    More Details Hide Details When The Silver Cord was not being presented, there were matinee performances of Right You Are If You Think You Are by Luigi Pirandello.
  • 1925
    Age 45
    Crews also starred as Judith Bliss in the original Broadway production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, in 1925, which she co-directed with Coward.
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  • 1898
    Age 18
    She stopped acting to finish school and then returned to acting in 1898.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in plays written by A.A. Milne, who was particularly impressed by her work in his Mr. Pim Passes By. The play was a big success and ran for 232 performances. Afterwards, she began to work in productions staged by the New York Theater Guild, which had just opened.
  • 1879
    Born on December 12, 1879.
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