Laura Hope Crews
|Laura Hope Crews|
Laura Hope Crews c. 1902
December 12, 1879|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||November 12, 1942
New York City, New York, U.S.
Laura Hope Crews (December 12, 1879 – November 12, 1942) was a leading actress of the American stage in the first decades of the 20th century who is best remembered today for her later work as a character actress in motion pictures of the 1930s. Her best-known film role was Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind.
Laura Hope Crews was the daughter of stage actress Angelena Lockwood and backstage carpenter John Thomas Crews. She had three older siblings. Crews started acting at age four. Her first stage appearance was at Woodward's Garden. She stopped acting to finish school and then returned to acting in 1898.
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Crews appeared in plays written by A.A. Milne, who was particularly impressed by her work in his Mr. Pim Passes By (1921). The play was a big success and ran for 232 performances on Broadway.
Crews also starred as Judith Bliss in the original Broadway production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, in 1925, which she co-directed with Coward. She also appeared in The Silver Cord, written by Sidney Howard, which was produced by the New York Theater Guild in 1926 and ran for 212 performances. When The Silver Cord was not being presented, there were matinee performances of Right You Are If You Think You Are by Luigi Pirandello.
The Silver Cord was later made into a 1933 RKO movie with Crews reprising her onstage role of the mother. The film co-starred Joel McCrea, Frances Dee and Irene Dunne. In the late 1920s Crews had been hired by Gloria Swanson to help with her transition to talking pictures.
Her final stage appearance came in 1942, in the original Broadway run of Arsenic and Old Lace in which she replaced one of the original cast members. She stayed with the production for more than a year and a half on Broadway and in a touring company before she was forced to leave because of illness.
Crews died in the LeRoy Sanitarium in New York City in 1942, following an illness of four months. She had been admitted on October 15, suffering from a kidney ailment and was in serious condition for most of her time there. Laura Hope Crews was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California. Plot: Rose Mound, Lot 65. She was the first cast member from Gone With The Wind to die.
Actor Earle Larimore was a relative.
- The Fighting Hope (1915 Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount)(Extant; incomplete, BFI London)
- Blackbirds (1915 Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount) (Extant; Library of Congress)
- Charming Sinners (1929)
- New Morals for Old (1932)
- Out All Night (1933)
- The Silver Cord (1933)
- I Loved You Wednesday (1933)
- Blind Adventure (1933)
- Rafter Romance (1933)
- Ever in My Heart (1933)
- If I Were Free (1933)
- The Age of Innocence (1934)
- Lightning Strikes Twice (1934)
- Behold My Wife (1934)
- Escapade (1935)
- The Melody Lingers On (1935)
- Her Master's Voice (1936)
- Camille (1936)
- The Road Back (1937)
- Confession (1937)
- Angel (1937)
- Dr. Rhythm (1938)
- The Sisters (1938)
- Thanks for the Memory (1938)
- Idiot's Delight (1939)
- The Star Maker (1939)
- The Rains Came (1939)
- Reno (1939)
- Remember? (1939)
- Gone with the Wind (1939)
- The Blue Bird (1940)
- Girl from Avenue A (1940)
- I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940)
- Lady with Red Hair (1940)
- The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
- One Foot in Heaven (1941)
- New York Town (1941)
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
- Poseidon's Underworld: Oh What a Character! Part Seven: Crews Control, July 18, 2011
- Notable American women, 1607-1950: a biographical dictionary, Volume 2 by Edward T. James, Janet Wilson James, Paul S Boyer
- ""Laura H. Crews of Stage Dies", Page D9". Oakland Tribune. November 13, 1942.
- "Laura Hope Crews". Walkoffame.com.
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- Laura Hope Crews photo gallery at NYP Library
- Laura Hope Crews at the Internet Movie Database
- Laura Hope Crews at the Internet Broadway Database
- Laura Hope Crews as a young stage actress
- Laura Hope Crews page with rare stage photographs
- Laura Hope Crews at Find a Grave
- Laura Hope Crews stills Univ. of Washington Sayre Collection
- Laura Hope Crews and Leo Ditrichstein in "The Phantom Rival" (1915)
- Laura Hope Crews in the The Havoc (1911) (Univ. of Washington Sayre Collection)
- Crews on the cover of The Theatre magazine, August 1913
- Laura Hope Crews, standing with feather in hat, c.1906 at the Nantucket home of actor Henry Woodruff holding cigar, with actor friends. Louise Closser Hale sits on right in white hat.