Publicity still from about 1940
|Born||Dorothy Fay Hammerton
26 September 1893
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
|Died||23 June 1973
Los Angeles, California, US
|Cause of death||Multiple myeloma|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Spouse(s)||David Clyde (1914-1945; his death)|
Holden was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. After leaving England in 1929, Holden and her husband moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for a time. They co-owned The Empress Theatre until 1933, and they created a theatre company, The British Guild Players, that specialized in comedies during the depression era. Eventually they left Vancouver and moved to Hollywood.
Holden appeared in 46 motion pictures between 1935 and 1958, but is best known for her recurring role as Emily Hardy, mother of Mickey Rooney's character in the MGM Andy Hardy film series. The series was enormously popular in the late 1930s and early '40s, and Holden was in 15 of the 16 Hardy movies, surpassed only by Rooney, who was in all 16.
Holden is also remembered for her performance as Hazel, the mother of Samson (Victor Mature), in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, in which she utters her character's most notable line: "He wants to marry a Philistine!"
- Polo Joe (1936)
- Exclusive (1937)
- Guns of the Pecos (1937)
- Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)
- Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
- Out West with the Hardys (1938)
- Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
- Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
- The Hardys Ride High (1939)
- Sergeant Madden (1939)
- Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1941)
- Bitter Sweet (1941)
- Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
- I'll Wait for You (1941)
- Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
- Washington Melodrama (1941)
- H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1942)
- Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
- Washington Melodrama (1941)
- Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
- Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
- The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
- Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
- Canyon Passage (1946)
- Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
- Whispering Smith (1948)
- Samson and Delilah (1949)
- The Big Hangover (1950) as Martha Belney
- Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
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- Ellenberger, Allan R. Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 54. ISBN 978-0786409839. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
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