Sara Haden

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Sara Haden
Sara Haden in The Big Cat.jpg
Haden in The Big Cat (1949)
Born Sarah Haden
(1899-11-17)November 17, 1899
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Died September 15, 1981(1981-09-15) (aged 81)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1921–1965
Spouse(s) Richard Abbott (1921-1948)

Sara Haden (November 17, 1899 - September 15, 1981) was a character actress in Hollywood films of the 1930s through the 1950s.

Early life[edit]

She was born Sarah Haden on November 17, 1899 (some sources say 1897) in Galveston, Texas. Haden was the daughter of another character actress, Charlotte Walker, one of the great stage beauties at the turn of the century, who was later active in silent films and early talkies. An attractive woman, Haden however lacked the beauty of her mother, as she early on had the appeal of a lonely school marm and thus was always cast in character roles.

Career[edit]

Haden first appeared on the stage in the early 1920s.

She made her film debut in 1934 (one year after her mother's retirement) in the Katharine Hepburn vehicle Spitfire. Haden later became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player in the late 1930s and had smallish roles in many of the studio's films, most notably in the Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney, cast as the spinsterish Aunt Milly Forrest.

Haden made her last film in 1958 but was active on television up until a 1965 guest spot on Dr. Kildare. She was most notable for her stern, humorless characterisations such as a truant officer in Shirley Temple's Captain January (1936), but she also played the much-loved teacher Miss Pipps who is unjustly fired in the Our Gang comedy Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941).

Her other films include Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), and The Bishop's Wife (1947). Her television appearances include episodes of Climax!, Bourbon Street Beat, and Bonanza. She also had a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Florence Harvey in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Romantic Rogue."

Personal life and death[edit]

She was married to film actor Richard Abbott from 1921 to 1948. There may have been children. Haden died on September 15, 1981 in Woodland Hills, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

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