Haden in The Big Cat (1949)
November 17, 1898
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||September 15, 1981 (aged 82)|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Abbott (1921-1948; divorced)|
Sara Haden (born Catherine Haden, November 17, 1898 – September 15, 1981) was a character actress in Hollywood films of the 1930s through the 1950s and in television into the mid-1960s. She may be best remembered for appearing as Aunt Milly Forrest in thirteen entries in MGM's Andy Hardy film series.
She was born in 1898 in Galveston, Texas,[note 1] a daughter of Dr. John Brannum Haden (1871-1910) and character actress, Charlotte Walker, later active in silent films and early sound films. She always was cast in character roles. After their parents' divorce, Haden and her elder sister Beatrice Shelton Haden (born 1897) attended Sacred Heart Academy in Galveston, where they boarded during school terms.
She made her film debut in 1934 (one year after her mother's retirement) in the Katharine Hepburn vehicle Spitfire. 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, Andy Hardy Comes Home, in 1958, but was active on television 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). Other films in which she appeared 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 had a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Florence Harvey in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Romantic Rogue".
Haden played Dora Darling in My Favorite Martian, season 2 episode 28, "Once Upon a Martian's Mother's Day" in 1965.
Personal life and death
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, at age 82.
- The Life of Vergie Winters (1934) as Winnie Belle
- Music in the Air (1934) as Martha
- Anne of Green Gables (1934) as Mrs. Barry
- The White Parade (1934) as Miss Harrington
- The Fountain (1934) as Susie
- Hat, Coat, and Glove (1934) as The Secretary
- Finishing School (1934) as Miss Fisher - Teacher
- Affairs of a Gentleman (1934) as Frances Bennett - Grisham's secretary
- Spitfire (1934) as Etta Dawson
- Black Fury (1935) as Sophie Shemanski
- Magnificent Obsession (1935) as Mrs. Nancy Ashford
- Way Down East (1935) as Cordelia Peabody
- O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935) as Aunt Martha Shields
- Mad Love (1935) as Marie
- Reunion (1936) as Ellie
- Laughing at Trouble (1936) as Mrs. Jennie Nevins
- Can This Be Dixie? (1936) as Miss Beauregard
- Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) as Collins
- Little Miss Nobody (1936) as Teresa Lewis
- Half Angel (1936) as Henrietta Hargraves
- Captain January (1936) as Agatha Morgan
- Everybody's Old Man (1936) as Susan Franklin
- The Crime of Dr. Forbes (1936) as Dr. Anna Burkhart
- Under Cover of Night (1937) as Janet Griswald
- You're Only Young Once (1937) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- First Lady (1937) as Mrs. Mason
- The Barrier (1937) as Mrs. John "Allunia" Gale
- A Family Affair (1937) as Aunt Millie Forrest
- The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) as Anna
- Out West with the Hardys (1938) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Judge Hardy and Son (1939) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Remember? (1939) as Miss Wilson
- The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) as Nora
- Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Tell No Tales (1939) as Miss Bennett
- The Hardys Ride High (1939) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Four Girls in White (1939) as Miss Bennett
- The Shop Around the Corner (1940) as Flora Kaczek
- Boom Town (1940) as Miss Barnes
- Hullabaloo (1940) as "Sue" Merriweather
- Keeping Company (1940) as Mrs. Forrest
- Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) as Miss Rollo - Harry's secretary
- Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941 - Our Gang short) as Miss Pipps
- Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Love Crazy (1941) as Cecila Landis
- Washington Melodrama (1941) as Mrs. Harrington
- Barnacle Bill (1941) as Aunt Letty
- Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941) as Miss Mathews
- Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) as Miss Coultier
- The Affairs of Martha (1942) as Mrs. Justin I. Peacock
- The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Woman of the Year (1942) as Matron
- Thousands Cheer (1943) as Second Nurse
- Best Foot Forward (1943) as Miss Talbert
- Pilot No. 5 (1943) as Landlady
- Above Suspecion (1943) as Aunt Hattie
- The Youngest Profession (1943) as Sister Lassie
- Lost Angel (1943) as Rhoda Kitterick
- Broadway Rhythm (1944) as Miss Wynn
- Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) as Laura Pitts
- Our Vines Have Tender Grapes(1945) as Mrs. Bjorn Bjornson
- Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Mr. Ace (1946) as Alma Rhodes
- Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946) as Miss Dill
- Bad Bascomb (1946) as Tillie Lovejoy
- She-Wolf of London (1946) as Martha Winthrop
- The Bishop's Wife (1947) as Mildred Cassaway
- Rachel and the Stranger (1948) as Mrs. Jackson
- Roughshod (1949) as Ma Wyatt
- The Big Cat (1949) as Mrs. Mary Cooper
- A Life of Her Own (1950) as Smitty
- The Great Rupert (1950) as Mrs. Katie Dingle
- Wagons West (1952) as Elizabeth Cook
- Rodeo (1952) as Agatha Cartwright
- A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) as Lula May McManamee
- The Outlaw's Daughter (1954) as Mrs. Merril
- Betrayed Women (1955) as Head Guard Darcy
- Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) as Aunt Milly Forest
- Axel Nissen's Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood gives her birthplace as Center Point, Texas.
- "Sixth Generation". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- Nissen, Axel. Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 76–82. ISBN 9781476626062. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- "Shubert-Garrick". The Washington Times. District of Columbia, Washington. October 21, 1920. p. 12. Retrieved July 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Inherits Her Talent". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. October 17, 1928. p. 34. Retrieved July 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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 Newspapers.com.
- Rowan, Terry. Character-Based Film Series Part 1. Lulu.com. p. 9. ISBN 9781365421051. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- "Sara Haden, Actress Played Crabby Roles in Long Film Career". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 22, 1981. Archived from the original on July 8, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
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