Josephine Crowell (1859–1932)

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Josephine Crowell was a Canadian-born character actress. She appeared in vaudeville as early as 1879. On screen, she is best remembered for her dramatic portrayal of the mother in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), her comedic performances in Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928) and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's Wrong Again (1929). She also ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Birth of a Nation Mrs. Cameron
The Man Who Laughs Queen Anne
Cheerful Givers Mrs. Harriet Gray


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 1929 Wrong Again (Short)
Painting Owner's mother
 1928 The Man Who Laughs
Queen Anne
 1928 Speedy
Lady in Car (uncredited)
 1928 Dad's Choice (Short)
A Bargain Hunter
 1927 No Publicity (Short)
 1927 The King of Kings (uncredited)
 1927 Fighting Love
Princess Torini
 1926 Bred in Old Kentucky
 1926 For Wives Only
 1926 Padlocked
Mrs. Galloway
 1926 Mantrap
Mrs. McGavity
 1926 Dog Shy (Short)
The Girl's Mother
 1926 Yellow Fingers
Mrs. Van Kronk
 1925 The Splendid Crime
 1925 New Brooms
 1925 No Father to Guide Him (Short)
Jimmy's Mother-in-Law
 1925 The Merry Widow
Queen Milena
 1925 Welcome Home
Miss Pringle
 1925 Zander the Great
Orphanage Trustee
 1925 The Sporting Venus
Countess Van Alstyne
 1925 The Golden Bed
Boarding House Proprietress (uncredited)
 1924 Hot Water
Wifey's Mother - Mrs. Winnifred Ward Stokes
 1924 Flowing Gold
Ma Briskow
 1923 Yesterday's Wife
Mrs. Harbours
 1923 Ashes of Vengeance
Catherine de Medici
 1923 Rupert of Hentzau
Mother Holf
 1923 Main Street
Widow Bogart
 1923 Nobody's Money
Mrs. Judson
 1922 Minnie
 1922 Lights of the Desert
Ma Curtis
 1922 Seeing's Believing
Martha Scribbins
 1922 A Homespun Vamp
Mrs. Dobbs
 1922 Shattered Idols
Mrs. Chichester
 1921 Don't Neglect Your Wife
Mrs. Abott
 1921 Live and Let Live
Mrs. Boland
 1921 Home Stuff
'Ma' Deep
 1921 The Snob
 1921 Bunty Pulls the Strings
Susie Simpson
 1920 Half a Chance
Mother Rogers
 1920 Held by the Enemy
Sarah Hayne
 1920 Crooked Streets
Mrs. Griswold
 1920 White Lies
Baroness De Beaurepaire
 1920 Dangerous to Men
 1920 The Six Best Cellars
Mrs. Teak
 1920 Flames of the Flesh
Madame Binnat
 1919 The Greatest Question
Mrs. Cain
 1919 The House of Intrigue
Aunt Betsy
 1919 Rose o' the River
Grandmother Wiley
 1919 The Woman Next Door
Aunt Eleanor Endicott
 1919 Josselyn's Wife
Aunt Elsie
 1919 Peppy Polly
Mrs. Crafton
 1919 Puppy Love
Mercy Winters
 1919 Diane of the Green Van
Aunt Agatha
 1918 Women's Weapons
 1918/I Me und Gott
 1918 The Bravest Way
 1918 Hearts of the World
The Mother
 1918 Stella Maris
Aunt Gladys Linden
 1917 The Fair Barbarian
Lady Theobald
 1917 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Miranda Sawyer
 1917 Cheerful Givers
Mrs. Harriet Gray
 1917 Betsy's Burglar
Mrs. Dunn
 1917 The Bad Boy
Mrs. Bates
 1916 The House Built Upon Sand
Mrs. Shockley
 1916 The Wharf Rat
Mrs. McCracken
 1916 The Old Folks at Home
Mrs. Coburn
 1916 Pillars of Society
Karsten's Mother (as Josephine B. Crowell)
 1916 The Little School Ma'am
Widow Larkin
 1916 A Child of the Paris Streets
The Landlady
 1916 Martha's Vindication
Jennie Hawkins
 1916 The She-Devil (Short)
 1915 The Penitentes
Carmelia's Mother
 1915 A Yankee from the West
Mrs. Stuvic, an Illinois Matron
 1915 The Way of a Mother (Short)
Mrs. Harding
 1915 Old Mother Grey (Short)
Old Mother Grey (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1915 A Man and His Mate
Betty's Aunt
 1915 The Birth of a Nation
Mrs. Cameron
 1915 The Craven (Short)
Mrs. Walton
 1914/I The Better Way (Short)
Sunbeam's Employer
 1914 A Question of Courage (Short)
The Widow (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914 The Old Good-for-Nothing (Short)
Morton's Wife
 1914 The Sisters (Short)
 1914 The Hop Smugglers (Short)
Helen's Mother (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914 The Folly of Anne (Short) (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914 The Tear That Burned (Short)
The Blind Mother
 1914 Sheriff for an Hour (Short)
Mrs. Jones - Jim's Mother (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914/I The Idiot (Short)
The Idiot's Mother
 1914 The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
The Sweetheart's Mother (uncredited)
 1914/I Lest We Forget (Short) (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914 The Painted Lady (Short)
The Mother (as Mrs. Crowell)
 1914 The Weaker Strain (Short)
 1914 The Mountain Rat (Short)
Mrs. Williams - Douglas's Mother
 1914 Golden Dross (Short)
 1914 Home, Sweet Home
Payne's Mother
 1913 The Mothering Heart (Short)
Woman Collecting Ironing (uncredited)
 1913 His Mother's Son (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1911 Her Mother's Sins (Short)
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Josephine B. Crowell | Mrs. Crowell | Josephine Bonaparte Crowell La Croix

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Along with Jennie Lee and Dark Cloud, she was one of only three cast members of The Birth of a Nation (1915) who were alive during the American Civil War (1861-1865). See more »

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