Sara Haden

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Sara Haden
Sara Haden in The Big Cat.jpg
Haden in The Big Cat (1949)
Born Katherine Haden
(1899-11-17)November 17, 1899
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Died September 15, 1981(1981-09-15) (aged 81)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1921–1965
Spouse(s) Richard Abbott (1921-1948; divorced)

Sara Haden (November 17, 1899 – September 15, 1981) was a character actress in Hollywood films of the 1930s through the 1950s.

Early life[edit]

She was born Katherine W. Haden on November 17, 1899, in Galveston, Texas. (Axel Nissen's Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood has her first name spelled Catherine.[1])

Haden was the daughter of Dr. John Brannum Haden (1871-1910) and character actress, Charlotte Walker, later active in silent films and early talkies. She was always cast in character roles. After their parents' divorce, Haden and her sister, Beatrice Shelton Haden (born 1897), attended Sacred Heart Academy in Galveston, where they boarded during school terms.


In A Family Affair

Haden first appeared on the stage in the early 1920s. She made her film debut in 1934 (one year after her mother's retirement) in Spitfire.[2] Haden later became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player in the late 1930s and had smallish roles in many of the studio's films, most notably in the Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney, cast as the spinsterish Aunt Milly Forrest.

Haden made her last film in 1958 but was active on television up until a 1965 guest spot on Dr. Kildare. She was most notable for her stern, humorless characterisations such as a truant officer in Shirley Temple's Captain January (1936), but she also played the much-loved teacher Miss Pipps who is unjustly fired in the Our Gang comedy Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941).

Her other films include Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), and The Bishop's Wife (1947). Her television appearances include episodes of Climax!, Bourbon Street Beat, and Bonanza. She also had a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Florence Harvey in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Romantic Rogue."

Personal life and death[edit]

She was married to film actor Richard Abbott (born Seamon Vandenberg; 1899-1986) from 1921 until their divorce in 1948. Sara Haden died on September 15, 1981, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Nissen, Axel. Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 76–82. ISBN 9781476626062. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Isle-born Sara Haden, 'crabby' actress, dies". The Galveston Daily News. Texas, Galveston. United Press International. September 22, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved January 16, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read

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