February 15, 1915
Williston, North Dakota
|Died||September 24, 2009 (aged 94)
Manhattan, New York City
|Cause of death||Illness|
|Television||Sex and the City|
Marion Rogers "Mimi' Weddell (February 15, 1915 – September 24, 2009) was an American actress. She is best known for portraying Stanford's grandmother on Sex and the City and for being featured in a documentary film, Hats Off, about her life and her collection of some 150 hats.
She was born as Marion Rogers in Williston, North Dakota on February 15, 1915, and grew up in Massachusetts. Following the divorce that ended her first marriage, she moved to New York City. There she was hired by The New York Times, working as an assistant to the paper's fashion editor. Her second marriage was to Richard Weddell in 1946, who had been working at the time as an executive with the classical recordings division of RCA Victor and later became an art dealer.
She first appeared in the 1980 low-budget horror film Dracula's Last Rites in the role of Mrs. Bradley and followed that in the subsequent year as Miss Mumsley in 1981's Student Bodies, a parody of the horror genre. In 1985, she appeared in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, where she stood in line with Mia Farrow to purchase a ticket to the film within the film. She appeared in two episodes of the police procedural / legal drama Law & Order, in the 1990 episode Subterranean Homeboy Blues and in 1997's Past Imperfect. Weddell played the role of a snoring woman in the wedding scene in the 1986 movie Heartburn by Nora Ephron. in The 2005 movie Hitch starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes, Weddell played the role of Grandma Wellington and was seen as a diner pretending to choke on an olive. She was in a single episode of Sex and the City, appearing in the 1998 episode The Turtle and the Hare as Stanford Blatch's grandmother. She also appeared in print and television advertisements for Burberry, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton and Nike.
She was voted one of "The Most Beautiful New Yorkers" by New York Magazine in 2005, with casting director Jennifer Venditti calling her "a whole package", noting that Weddell "has such elegant style and willowy posture, but she doesn't try to conceal her wrinkles and signs of aging".
The 2008 documentary film Hats Off tells Weddell's life story, following her around as she visits beauty salons, strolls around the city and her litany of auditions, exercise sessions and dance lessons. The film was produced by Michael Arlen Davis together with Directors Guild of America Award-nominated director Jyll Johnstone, a friend of Weddell's daughter, who followed Weddell for most of a decade and interviewed other actors, casting directors and family members to shine a light on her life. The film was screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, as well as on Sveriges Television in Sweden.
Reviewer Jeanette Catsoulis of The New York Times said the film showed Weddell as a unique "individual", an actress in her 90s who still demonstrated a "willingness to work 14-hour days and fight for roles", building a substantial resume despite the "industry's rampant ageism".
- 1980: Last Rites
- 1981: Student Bodies
- 1985: The Purple Rose of Cairo
- 1987: Anna
- 1994: Go Fish
- 1999: The Thomas Crown Affair
- 2003: Marci X
- 2004: Messengers
- 2005: Hitch
- 2005: A Perfect Fit
- 2007: Across the Universe
- Dennis McLellan, Mimi Weddell, the subject of 'Hats off,' dies at 94 Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
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- Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Hats Off (2008): An Aristocratic Look and a Powerhouse Personality", The New York Times, March 28, 2008. Accessed October 8, 2009.
- Mimi Weddell, Internet Movie Database. Accessed October 8, 2009.
- "The Most Beautiful New Yorkers: 2005 - Mimi Weddell", New York, 2005. Accessed October 8, 2009.