Jane Darwell
Autograph Cut and Photo

Jane Darwell in character as Mrs. Merriwether. Autograph cut with 8 x 10 Black and White photo is matted and framed. The Autograph cut is signed "Jane Darwell 1942" and is in excellent condition, and comes with COA. Although she acted in almost 200 movies, her signature is hard to find.

Jane Darwell was born Patti Mary Woodard in Palmyra, Missouri, on October 15, 1879 to Ellen Booth and William Robert Woodard, a railroad president who claimed to be a direct descendant of President Andrew Jackson. Jane was raised on the family ranch and wanted to become a circus rider, or an opera singer and thought about entering a convent, but her father objected. Jane took up voice culture, the piano, took a course in dramatics and became an actress, changing her last name to Darwell to avoid sullying the family name.

After making her stage debut in Chicago at age 33, Jane was close to 40 when she made her first film, the silent film The Cowboy Magnate in 1913. She returned to the stage and after a seven year absence from films, she was in the Little Church Around the Corner in 1923. After another seven years on the stage, her career as a Hollywood character actress took off in 1930 when she appeared in Tom Sawyer in 1930 and Huckleberry Finn in 1931. Easily making the transition to talkies, Jane was usually cast as the housekeeper, grandmother or kindly older relative and appeared in five Shirley Temple movies.

In 1939 she was cast as Mrs. Merriwether in Gone With the Wind, where she and had several scenes with the principle stars. The next year, she landed her most famous role, Ma Joad in the classic The Grapes of Wrath, for which she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress. She would go on to act in several more movies over the next several years with Grapes of Wrath star Henry Fonda including My Darling Clementine in 1946. As contract player with 20th Century Fox, Jane was memorably cast in The Ox-Bow Incident in 1943. After a career spanning close to 200 movies, she retired in 1959. She was pulled out of retirement in 1964 by Walt Disney himself, who cast her as the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, which would be her last film appearance.

Returning to retirement at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, Jane died at age 87 from a heart attack on August 13, 1967 and was buried in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. For her contribution to the film industry, Jane Darwell was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6735 Hollywood Boulevard.

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