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Maude Eburne Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Nov 10, 1875
  • Died: Oct 15, 1960

Canadian character actress Maude Eburne studied elocution in Toronto, gleaning a talent for dialects. She carried over this skill into her earliest stage work in Ontario and upstate New York. Eburne's first Broadway appearance was as a love-hungry cockney maid in the 1914 stage farce [[Feature~V105418~A Pair of Sixes~apairofsixes]]; she spent the next fifteen years specializing in comic servants on stage. She came to films in 1931, as the eternally frightened companion of mystery authoress Grayce Hampton in [[Feature~V4270~The Bat Whispers~thebatwhispers]] (1931). Most of her film roles can best be described as "eccentric," ranging from dotty aristocrats to pipe-smoking harridans. Among her more prominent roles were Fay Wray's tremulous aunt in [[Feature~V52166~Vampire Bat~thevampirebat]] (1933), a rambunctious frontierswoman in [[Feature~V42286~Ruggles of Red Gap~rugglesofredgap]] (1935), half-mad recluse Borax Betty in [[Feature~V93292~Glamour Boy~glamourboy]] (1941), Susan Hayward's slatternly mother in [[Feature~V83651~Among the Living~amongtheliving]] (1942), and Jean Hersholt's housekeeper in six Dr. Christian (all "B "films of the 1930s and 1940s). Maude Eburne retired from the screen after appearing in the religious semi-epic [[Feature~V106656~The Prince of Peace~theprinceofpeace]] (1951). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi