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Esther Dale (1885–1961)

Esther Dale was born on November 10, 1885 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She attended Leland and Gray Seminary in Townsend, Vermont, and then studied music in Berlin, Germany, and had a successful career as a lieder singer. Later, she became an actress in summer stock. She had the title role on Broadway of Carrie Nation in 1933, which also starred ... See full bio »

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 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Mrs. Kenyon
- The Thrill Seeker (1961) ... Mrs. Kenyon
 1960-1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Grandma / Mrs. Finch
- Will Success Spoil Dobie's Mother? (1961) ... Grandma (as Ester Dale)
- Live Alone and Like It (1960) ... Mrs. Finch
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Ellen the Maid
- Girl with a Secret (1960) ... Ellen the Maid
 1960 North to Alaska
Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Mrs. Raymond
- Flying High (1960) ... Mrs. Raymond
 1959 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Matilda Miller
- Big Deal (1959) ... Matilda Miller
 1959 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Abrogast
- Miss Lovelace Comes to Tea (1959) ... Mrs. Abrogast
 1959 The Sound and the Fury
Mrs. Maud Mansfield (uncredited)
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Julia Sheldon
- The Frightened Wife (1958) ... Julia Sheldon
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Grandma Birch
- The Julie Gage Story (1957) ... Grandma Birch
 1957 Maverick (TV Series)
Ma Braus
- According to Hoyle (1957) ... Ma Braus
 1957 The Oklahoman
Mrs. Fitzgerald
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- The Great Wide World (1956) ... Clara
 1956 Big Town (TV Series)
- Country Editor (1956)
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Sister Margaret
- The Case of the Uncertain Hand (1956) ... Sister Margaret
 1955 Betrayed Women
Head Matron Ballard
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Maggie DiMagori
- Road to Nowhere (1954) ... Maggie DiMagori
 1954 The Ray Milland Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Schermerhorn
- Civic Improvement (1954) ... Mrs. Schermerhorn
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Weston
- The Bad Streak (1954) ... Mrs. Weston
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter
- Fresh Start (1953) ... Mrs. Carter
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Tale of Two Cities: Part 2 (1953) ... Pross
- A Tale of Two Cities: Part 1 (1953) ... Pross
 1953 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Birdie Hicks
 1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Mrs. Dunstan Noble
- The Nobles (1952) ... Mrs. Dunstan Noble
 1952 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Aunt Tabitha
- All's Well with Lydia (1952) ... Aunt Tabitha
 1952 Monkey Business
Mrs. Rhinelander
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
Birdie Hicks
 1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Sketch Performer
- Episode #2.21 (1952) ... Sketch Performer
 1951 Too Young to Kiss
Mrs. Boykin
 1951 On Moonlight Bay
Aunt Martha Robertson (uncredited)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Dear Amanda (1951)
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Miss Thompson
 1950 Surrender
Aunt May
 1950 No Man of Her Own
 1949 Holiday Affair
Mrs. Ennis
 1949 Anna Lucasta
Mrs. Polaski (uncredited)
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle
Mrs. Birdie Hicks
 1948 A Song Is Born
Miss Bragg
 1947 The Unfinished Dance
 1947/I The Egg and I
Birdie Hicks
 1946 Margie
Grandma McSweeney
 1946 Smoky
 1946 A Stolen Life
Mrs. Johnson
 1946 My Reputation
 1945 Behind City Lights
Sarah Lowell
 1945 On Stage Everybody
Ma Cassidy
 1945 Bedside Manner
Martha Gravitt
 1945 Out of This World
Abbie Pringle (uncredited)
 1943 Old Acquaintance
 1943 The North Star
Anna Kurin
 1943/I Swing Your Partner
Caroline Bird, aka Anna Robbins
 1943 Murder in Times Square
Longacre Lil
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
Aunt Harriet (uncredited)
 1942 Wrecking Crew
Mike O'Glendy
 1942 A Letter from Bataan (Short)
Mrs. Jackson
 1942 I Married an Angel
Mrs. Gherkin (uncredited)
 1942 Maisie Gets Her Man
Mrs. Myra McIntyre, Elsie's Mother (uncredited)
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Mrs. Thompson
 1942 You're Telling Me
Aunt Fannie Handley
 1942 What's Cookin'
Mrs. Murphy (uncredited)
 1942 Blondie Goes to College
Mrs. Carrie Dill, the Landlady (uncredited)
 1941 Dangerously They Live
 1941 All-American Co-Ed
Aunt Matilda Collinge
 1941 Aloma of the South Seas
 1941 Unfinished Business
Aunt Mathilda
 1941 The Hard-Boiled Canary
Miss Clark
 1941 Back Street
Mrs. Smith
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Krausheimer
 1940 Arise, My Love
 1940 Blondie Has Servant Trouble
Anna Vaughn
 1940 Cross-Country Romance
Mrs. McGillicuddy (uncredited)
 1940 Untamed
Mrs. Smith
 1940 The Mortal Storm
 1940 Opened by Mistake
Mrs. Anthony DeBorest
 1940 Forty Little Mothers
Mrs. Mason - Landlady (uncredited)
 1940 And One Was Beautiful
 1940 Women Without Names
Head Matron Ingles
 1940 Convicted Woman
Chief Matron Brackett
 1940 Village Barn Dance
Minerva Withers
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Lincoln's Cook (uncredited)
 1940 Laddie
Sarah, the Housekeeper
 1939 Swanee River
Temperance Woman
 1939 A Child Is Born
Prison Matron (uncredited)
 1939 Bad Little Angel
Miss Brown - Orphanage Secretary (uncredited)
 1939 Blackmail
 1939 The Women
Ingrid (uncredited)
 1939 6,000 Enemies
 1939 Tell No Tales
Mrs. Haskins
 1939 Big Town Czar
Ma Daley
 1939 Broadway Serenade
Mrs. Olsen
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Mrs. McGillivray (uncredited)
 1939 Made for Each Other
Annie - Cook #1 (uncredited)
 1939 How to Sub-Let (Short)
Mrs. Mustavas (uncredited)
 1939 The Great Man Votes
Ms. Markham (uncredited)
 1938 Dramatic School
Forewoman in Factory (uncredited)
 1938 Girls on Probation
Nrs, Engstrom (uncredited)
 1938 Prison Farm
Cora Waxley
 1938 Stolen Heaven
 1938 Condemned Women
Mrs. Clara Glover, Head Matron
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Mrs. Cantwell (uncredited)
 1937 The Awful Truth
Mrs. Leeson
 1937 On Such a Night
Miss Belinda Fentridge
 1937 Dead End
Mrs. Fenner
 1937 Wild Money
Jenny Hawkins
 1937 Easy Living
 1937 Damaged Goods
Mrs. Dupont
 1937 Outcast
Hattie Simmerson
 1936 The Magnificent Brute
Mrs. Randolph (uncredited)
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
 1936 Fury
Mrs. Whipple
 1936 The Farmer in the Dell
Louella 'Ma' Boyer
 1936 Lady of Secrets
Miss Eccles
 1936 Timothy's Quest
Hitty Tarbox
 1935 The Great Impersonation
Mrs. Unthank
 1935 I Dream Too Much
Mrs. Dilley (uncredited)
 1935 In Old Kentucky
Dolly Breckenridge
 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
 1935 I Live My Life
Brumbaugh, Mrs. Gage's Housekeeper
 1935 Curly Top
Aunt Genevieve Graham
 1935 Private Worlds
 1935 The Wedding Night
Mrs. Kaise Novak
 1934 Crime Without Passion
Miss Keeley (uncredited)
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Stage Play: And Be My Love. Comedy. Written by Edward Caulfield. Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Directed by Arthur J. Beckhard. National Theatre: 21 Feb 1945- 3 Mar 1945 (14 performances). Cast: Charles Colby, Esther Dale (as "Martha Webster"), Viola Dean, Sydney Grant, Walter Hampden (as "Henry"), Violet Heming, Ruth Homond, Edmonia ... See more »

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