Janet Beecher

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Janet Beecher
Janet Beecher in 1916.jpg
Beecher in 1916
Born Janet Meysenburg
(1884-10-21)October 21, 1884
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Died August 6, 1955(1955-08-06) (aged 70)
Washington, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1903-1944
Spouse(s) Harry R. Guggenheimer (?-1919) (divorced)
Richard H. Hoffman (?-1935) (divorced)
Children 1 (a son, with Hoffman)

Janet Beecher (October 21, 1884 – August 6, 1955), born Janet Meysenburg, was an American stage and screen actress. She was a supporting player and lead on the Broadway stage between the 1900s and 1940s. Between 1915 and 1943, she appeared in about motion pictures. She remains perhaps best-remembered as a character actress during Hollywood's golden age, often seen in roles as "firm but compassionate matriarchs".[1] She was known for her roles as Ginger Rogers' mother in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Tyrone Power's mother in the adventure film The Mark of Zorro (1940), and Henry Fonda's mother in Preston Sturges' screwball comedy The Lady Eve (1941). She retired from film business in 1943, but managed to play a role in the television series Lux Video Theatre in 1952.

Her sister was actress Olive Wyndham. She was married twice: first to Harry R. Guggenheimer and then to Richard H. Hoffman. She had a son named Richard.[2][3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Janet Beecher profile, Allmovie.com; accessed April 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Obituary Billboard magazine, August 20, 1955; mentions surviving family, her sister Olive Wyndham and son Richard
  3. ^ Who Was Who in the Theatre 1912-1976; originally published annually by John Parker, 1976 editions by Gale Research
  4. ^ Silent Film Necrology 2nd edit. by Eugene M. Vazanno c. 2001
  5. ^ Janet Beecher profile, alexanderstreet.com; accessed April 28, 2017.

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