Jean Adair

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Jean Adair
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Jean Adair
Born
Violet McNaughton

(1873-06-13)June 13, 1873
DiedMay 11, 1953(1953-05-11) (aged 79)
OccupationActress
Years active1922–1953

Jean Adair (born Violet McNaughton; June 13, 1873 – May 11, 1953) was a Canadian actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born as Violet McNaughton in Hamilton, Ontario, she worked primarily on stage but also made several film appearances late in her career, most notably as Aunt Martha, one of Cary Grant's dotty old aunts in Arsenic and Old Lace, a role she originated on Broadway. Her final performance was as the beloved matriarch Rebecca Nurse in the original production of The Crucible. Like many stage actresses of her era, she also appeared in vaudeville.[1]

She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and died in New York City, New York, at age 79.

Broadway productions[edit]

  • It's a Boy! (1922-?)
  • The Jay Walker (1926)
  • Devils (1926)
  • The Good Fellow (1926)
  • Machinal (1928) (*with a young unknown Clark Gable)
  • That Ferguson Family (1928-9)
  • Scarlet Pages (1929)
  • Everything's Jake (1930)
  • Rock Me, Julie (1931)
  • Blessed Event (1932)
  • Best Years (1932)
  • Black Sheep (1932)
  • The Show Off (1932-3)
  • For Services Rendered (1933)
  • Murder at the Vanities (1933-4)
  • Broomsticks, Amen! (1934)
  • Picnic (1934-?)
  • Mid-West (1936-?)
  • Sun Kissed (1937-?)
  • On Borrowed Time (1938)
  • Morning's at Seven (1939–40)
  • Goodbye in the Night (1940)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1941-4)
  • Star-Spangled Family (1945)
  • The Next Half Hour (1945)
  • Detective Story (1949–50)
  • Bell, Book and Candle (1950-1)
  • The Crucible (1953)

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1933 Advice to the Lovelorn Mrs. Prentiss Uncredited
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace Aunt Martha Brewster
1947 Living in a Big Way Abigail Morgan
1947 Something in the Wind Aunt Mary Collins
1948 The Naked City Little Old Lady Uncredited

Bell, Book and Candle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laurie, Joe, Jr. Vaudeville: From the Honky-tonks to the Palace New York: Henry Holt, 1953; page 50

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