Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday - Una O'Connor!

October has been a busy birthday month - which is just as it should be.

Actress and scene-stealer extraordinaire, she of the piercing shriek,  Una O'Connor was born Agnes Teresa McGlade on October 23, 1880 in Belfast, Ireland.  She was a favorite of James Whale and he used her in two of his most successful and well-known films - "The Invisible Man" in 1933...

with Claude Rains
...and "The Bride of Frankenstein" in 1935.  

She had a long career on the stage at Dublin's Abbey Theater and later in London and New York.  She frequently played gossips, housekeepers, maids, and was unforgettable every time she appeared,  

Her last film was "Witness for the Prosecution" in 1958.  She played Janet, the housekeeper of the murder victim.  On the stand she did everything she possibly could to help convict the defendant.  She was also worried about getting a new hearing aide.   

Una O'Connor died in 1959.  

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  1. My fav is as maid Marion's lady-in-waiting in the 1938 film, Robin Hood

  2. I had forgotten that one! I have to re-watch it one of these days. A great movie with a perfect cast and a classic score.