|Margaret De Wolfe Wycherly|
|Born||Margaret De Wolfe
26 October 1881
London, England, UK
|Died||6 June 1956
St. Clare's Hospital
New York City, New York, U.S.
|St Mary Churchyard, Bepton, England|
|Spouse(s)||Bayard Veiller (1901-1922)|
|Parent(s)||Dr. J. L. De Wolfe|
Wycherly was born Margaret De Wolfe in London, England of American parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. L. De Wolfe. She was married to writer Bayard Veiller (1869–1943) in 1901. They had a son, Anthony Veiller (1903–1965), who also became a writer. She and Veiller divorced in 1922.
She was primarily a stage actress, appearing in one silent film. In 1929 at the advent of sound pictures she appeared in her second film, but first talkie, The Thirteenth Chair, based on the 1916 play by her husband in which she had starred. The film was directed by Tod Browning and was in the genre of mystery-old house melodrama. Twelve years later, Wycherley appeared in Sergeant York in 1941. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of Mother York, though perhaps her best remembered screen role was as "Ma Jarrett", the mother of the psychopathic gangster Cody Jarrett, in White Heat (1949), which famously starred James Cagney.
Wycherly starred in several popular Broadway plays, including Tobacco Road, Random Harvest, Liliom, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Thirteenth Chair (which role she reprised in the film of the same name). Her other films include Keeper of the Flame, The Yearling, Forever Amber, The Man with a Cloak and Johnny Angel starring George Raft.
- The Fight (1915)
- The Thirteenth Chair (1929)
- Midnight (1934)
- Victory (1940)
- Sergeant York (1941)
- Crossroads (1942)
- Random Harvest (1942)
- Keeper of the Flame (1942)
- Assignment in Brittany (1943)
- The Moon Is Down (1943)
- Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
- Experiment Perilous (1944)
- Johnny Angel (1945)
- The Yearling (1946)
- Something in the Wind (1947)
- Forever Amber (1947)
- The Loves of Carmen (1948)
- White Heat (1949)
- The Man with a Cloak (1951)
- That Man from Tangier (1953)
- The President's Lady (1953)
- "Miss Wycherly, Actress, Was 74. Stage and Movie Performer Dies. Appeared in Shaw's Plays and 'Tobacco Road'". New York Times. June 7, 1956. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
Margaret Wycherly, actress, died yesterday in St. Clare's Hospital. Her age was 74. She lived at 108 West Fifteenth Street. ...
- Who Was Who in the Theatre:1912-1976 c.1976, a compilation of the volumes put out annually by John Parker; 1976 edition published by Gale Research
- The Women of Provincetown, 1915-1922 by Cheryl Black c.2002 page 136
- Margaret Wycherly at Find a Grave
- Margaret Wycherly at the Internet Movie Database
- Margaret Wycherly at the Internet Broadway Database
- Margaret Wycherly 1914 portrait at University of Louisville Macauley's Theatre collection
- Margaret Wycherly photo gallery NYP Library
- portrait gallery(Univ. of Washington/Sayre collection)