Martha Wentworth

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Martha Wentworth
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Martha Wentworth standing at center in The Stranger (1946)
Born Verna Martha Wentworth
(1889-06-02)June 2, 1889
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 8, 1974(1974-03-08) (aged 84)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Years active 1920s–1963

Verna Martha Wentworth (June 2, 1889 – March 8, 1974) was an American actress. Her vocal variety led to her being called the "actress of 100 voices".[1]

Early years[edit]

Wentworth was born in New York City. After graduating from public schools, she attended the National School of Expression.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Wentworth was one of Minnie Maddern Fiske's proteges and appeared in several stage productions, beginning when she was 17 years old.[2]

Wentworth had a long radio career that began in the early 1920s. Listeners recognised her as The Wintergreen Witch on The Cinnamon Bear radio program (1937),[3]:76 Annie Wood and Mrs. Littlefield on Crime Classics (1953), and Ma Danields on The Gallant Heart (1944). She portrayed Joe Penner's mother on The Park Avenue Penners.[3]:265 She also had semi-regular roles on Broadway Is My Beat, On Stage, The Witch's Tale,[3]:356 The Baby Snooks Show,[3]:32 and The Abbott and Costello Show.[3]

Wentworth also did the voices for Mama Katzenjammer in the Katzenjammer Kids adaption, The Captain and the Kids.

Later years/death[edit]

She later became a film actress in the 1940s, starring in several Red Ryder Western films. She worked as a voice artist for Walt Disney Studios; as Nanny, Queenie the Cow and Lucy the Goose in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and as Madame Mim in The Sword in the Stone (1963), her final credited film appearance. She died in 1974 at age 84.

Radio[edit]

  • The Cinnamon Bear (1937) (voice) as The Wintergreen Witch. She appeared as a character actress in many radio dramas and impersonated Mae West in the 1935 CALLING ALL CARS drama 'The Mae West Jewel Robbery'. Mae herself would have been out of the question because at the time she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood - much too expensive for a series that aired only on the West coast.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2011). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 221. ISBN 9780786486946. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Ether Etchings". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 26, 1934. p. Part II - Page 4. Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. 

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