Emerson in trailer to Caged (1950)
October 29, 1897|
Hawarden, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 1960
|Years active||1910s – 1960|
Emerson made her Broadway début in Lysistrata in 1930, when theatrical producer Norman Bel Geddes cast her for the role of the amazonian Lamputo. She made her film début in Smiling Faces (1932) but then returned to the theater. In the 1940s, Emerson became well known as the voice of Elsie the Cow in Borden Milk commercials on radio.
Standing 6 ft.-2 in. (1.88m), Emerson's most memorable roles were as a circus strongwoman in the film Adam's Rib (1949), lifting actor Spencer Tracy up in the air; a strong masseuse-conspirator in the noirish Cry of the City (1948); and a mail-order bride in Westward the Women (1952). Her most famous role, as sadistic prison matron Evelyn Harper in Caged (1950), garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
On television, Emerson guest starred on the series finale ("The Housekeeper") of It's a Great Life, playing a bossy housekeeper who temporarily takes charge while Amy Morgan, played by Frances Bavier, is away on vacation. She also had a regular role in Peter Gunn (1958), for which she received an Emmy nomination, and the CBS sitcom The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959), starring with Dennis O'Keefe and Ricky Kelman.
- Some sources indicate October 30, 1897
- NOTE: Some sources indicate she died on April 24, 1960
- "Hope Emerson profile". Soylent Communications. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- ""It's a Great Life": "The Housekeeper"". tv.com. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- "Hope Emerson". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 2012.
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- Hope Emerson at the Internet Movie Database
- Hope Emerson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Hope Emerson at Find a Grave
- Turner Classic Movies
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