Ethel Griffies

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Ethel Griffies
Born Ethel Woods
(1878-04-26)26 April 1878
Sheffield, England, UK
Died 9 September 1975(1975-09-09) (aged 97)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1881-1967
Spouse(s) Walter Beaumont (?-1910; his death)
Edward Cooper (1917-1956; his death)

Ethel Griffies (born Ethel Woods, 26 April 1878, Sheffield – 9 September 1975, London) was an English actress of stage, screen and television. She was the daughter of actors Samuel Rupert Woods and Lillie Roberts, and taken onstage at the age of three, and would continue to act for the next 86 years. She was married, secondly, to fellow actor Edward Cooper, who predeceased his wife by almost two decades.


She appeared in numerous plays, making her theatre debut in London in 1899. Having made brief cameos in films since 1917, she started a full career in the industry by 1930, in the film version of her play Old English, and appeared in her over 90 films and 10 TV episodes in a career that lasted until her retirement in 1967. She played Grace Poole in two versions of Jane Eyre, the 1934 Monogram and the 1943 versions. One of her last roles, for which she is best remembered, was the elderly ornithologist Mrs. Bundy in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).[1][2]

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