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Marjorie Bennett
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Bennett in 1922
Born (1896-01-15)15 January 1896
Died 14 June 1982(1982-06-14) (aged 86)
Other names Margery Bennett
Marjorie E. Bennett
Occupation Actress
Years active 1917–1980
William Cady Jr.
(m. 1932; died 1976)
Relatives Enid Bennett (sister)

Marjorie Bennett (15 January 1896 – 14 June 1982) was an Australian actress who worked mainly in the United Kingdom and the United States. She began her acting career during the silent film era.


Bennett was born in York in Western Australia. Her sisters Enid (1893–1969) and Catherine (1901–1978) were also Hollywood film actresses. Bennett began acting in films in 1917 and later made the transition to talking pictures with bit roles in Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Washington Story (1952). In 1952, she appeared as Charlie Chaplin's landlady in the film Limelight and later had guest roles on The Great Gildersleeve, Four Star Playhouse, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, I Love Lucy, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, and December Bride. Between 1958 and 1961, she appeared as Amanda Comstock in three episodes of ABC's The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan. From 1959 to 1961, she was cast ten times as Blossom Kenney on CBS' The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman.

During the 1970s, Bennett had television roles on Mission: Impossible, Adam-12, CHiPs, Night Gallery, McMillan & Wife, and Phyllis. She had a role opposite Richard Widmark in the 1973 television film Brock's Last Case. In the 1973 film Charley Varrick, starring Walter Matthau, Bennett portrayed Mrs. Taft. Bennett also appeared in several television commercials in the 1970s. She made her last on-screen appearance in 1980 on ABC's Barney Miller series.

Personal life

Bennett was married to William Cady Jr., from 1932 until his death in 1976.

Bennett died in Hollywood, California, on 14 June 1982, and her ashes were interred in the Great Mausoleum's Columbarium of Dawn at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale.


Year Title Role Notes
1917 The Girl, Glory Sally Barton Credited as Margery Bennett
1918 Naughty, Naughty! Prudence Sampson
1918 Hugon, The Mighty Marie
1918 The Midnight Patrol Minnie
1946 Dressed to Kill Antique shop assistant Uncredited
1947 Monsieur Verdoux Maid of Marie Grosnay
1948 To the Victor Pablo's Model Uncredited
1948 Silver River Large Woman Uncredited
1948 The Big Punch Housekeeper Uncredited
1948 June Bride Mrs. Nellie Brinker
1949 Flaxy Martin Nora's Neighbor Uncredited
1949 Take One False Step Waitress Uncredited
1949 Undertow Wife at bar in Vegas Uncredited
1950 Perfect Strangers Mrs. Moore
1950 Peggy Flossie the Maid Uncredited
1950 Two Flags West Mrs. Simpkins Uncredited
1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself Mrs. Muriel Quimby
1951 Lightning Strikes Twice Drug Store Customer Uncredited
1952 The Congregation
1952 Washington Story Woman with Pass Uncredited
1952 Limelight Mrs. Alsop
1952 The Steel Trap Cleaning Woman Uncredited
1953 Never Wave at a WAC Mrs. Martha Pratt Uncredited
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Militant Woman on Soapbox Uncredited
1953 So Big Housekeeper Uncredited
1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Corset Saleslady Uncredited
1954 Sabrina Margaret
1954 The Human Jungle Mrs. Lee Uncredited
1954 Ricochet Romance Mrs. Harvey
1954 Young at Heart Mrs. Ridgefield Uncredited
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Fat Movie Patron Uncredited
1955 Kiss Me Deadly Manager
1955 The Cobweb Sadie
1955 Lay That Rifle Down Mrs. Speckleton Uncredited
1955 Female on the Beach Mrs. Murchison
1955 The Girl Rush Woman at Dice Table
1956 Our Miss Brooks Mrs. J. Boynton Uncredited
1956 Autumn Leaves Waitress
1956 Strange Intruder Jodie, Carmichaels' maid
1956 The Girl He Left Behind Madeline's Friend Uncredited
1956 Death of a Scoundrel Angry Woman Uncredited
1957 The Iron Sheriff Nettie Holcomb Uncredited
1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend Townswoman Uncredited
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Vera, Housekeeper Uncredited
1958 Man on Fire Mrs. Delaney Uncredited
1958 Cry Terror! Woman in Elevator Uncredited
1958 Home Before Dark Hazel Evans
1959 No Name on the Bullet Store Customer Uncredited
1959 Holiday for Lovers Elvira Uncredited
1959 Have Rocket, Will Travel Mrs. Hermine Huntingford Uncredited
1959 Career Fan Magazine Columnist
1960 The Rat Race Mrs. Edie Kerry
1960 Ocean's 11 Mrs. Allenby Uncredited
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Duchess Voice
1961 A Thunder of Drums Mrs. Yates
1961 Summer and Smoke Saleslady Uncredited
1961 Sail a Crooked Ship Mrs. Chowder
1962 Saintly Sinners Mrs. Madigan Uncredited
1962 The Notorious Landlady Autograph Seeker Uncredited
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Dehlia Flagg
1962 Girls! Girls! Girls! Mrs. Dicks Uncredited
1963 Promises! Promises! Mrs. Snavely
1963 4 for Texas Miss Emmaline
1963 The Man from Galveston Mrs. Warren
1964 What a Way to Go! Mrs. Freeman Uncredited
1964 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt Mrs. Berkeley-Kent
1964 The New Interns Apartment Superintendent Uncredited
1964 Mary Poppins Miss Lark
1964 Quick Before It Melts Bar Maid
1964 My Fair Lady Cockney with Pipe Uncredited
1964 36 Hours Charwoman
1964 The Night Walker Manager
1965 Zebra in the Kitchen Hefty Woman Uncredited
1965 The Family Jewels Airline Passenger #5
1966 Billy the Kid Versus Dracula Mary Ann Bentley
1967 The Reluctant Astronaut Woman at Mailbox Uncredited
1967 Games Nora
1968 Coogan's Bluff Mrs. Fowler, Little Old Lady
1968 Creature of Comfort
1969 The Love God? Miss Pickering
1971 Calliope Snoopy lady Alternative title: Love Is Catching
1973 Stacey Florence Chambers
1973 Charley Varrick Mrs. Taft Alternative title: Kill Charley Varrick
1974 Harrad Summer
1974 Airport 1975 50th Anniversary Celebrant – Passenger
1975 I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? Sleepy Bartender
1979 The North Avenue Irregulars Mother Thurber Alternative title: Hill's Angels
Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Widow 1 episode
1952 Racket Squad Mrs. Fogarty 1 episode
1953 The Pride of the Family Mrs. Mallory 1 episode
1954 My Little Margie Miss Flannigan/The Old Lady Robber 1 episode
1954–1957 Lassie Birdie Brockway 5 episodes
1955 I Married Joan Ruth 1 episode
1955–1958 The Bob Cummings Show Mrs. Neimeyer 4 episodes
1956 Cheyenne Mrs. Smallwood 1 episode
1957 The Ford Television Theatre Mrs. Morris 1 episode
1958 Trackdown Hetty Lake 1 episode
1958–1959 The Thin Man Mrs. Blascombe 3 episodes
1958–1961 The Real McCoys Amanda Comstock 3 episodes
1959-1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Blossom Kenney 10 episodes
1959 Buckskin Mrs. Newcombe 1 episode
1960 Adventures in Paradise Agnes Higgins 1 episode
1960 The Twilight Zone Old Woman Episode: "Kick the Can"
1960 The Tom Ewell Show Flora Roberts Episode: "Site Unseen"
1961 Hong Kong Matron 1 episode
1962 Thriller Mercedes 1 episode
1963 The Joey Bishop Show Mrs. Fenton 1 episode
1964 The Beverly Hillbillies Mrs. Langwell 1 episode
1965 Petticoat Junction Miss Hogan 1 episode
1966 Hey, Landlord Mrs. Fritzell 1 episode
1967 Ironside Hotel Clerk 1 episode
1968 The Virginian Soapie 1 episode
1969 The Mothers-in-Law Lucille episode: "The Not-So-Grand Opera"
1969 Room 222 The Supervisor episode: "Alice in Blunderland"
1970 The Mod Squad Mrs. MacCready 1 episode
1971 Nanny and the Professor Aunt Agatha 1 episode
1971 Adam-12 Mrs. Sarah Pierce episode: "The Poachers"
1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Agnes Howett 1 episode
1973 The Rookies Mrs. Gleason 1 episode
1974 Rhoda Mrs. Fosner 1 episode
1975 Happy Days Lady 1 episode
1975 Barney Miller Mrs. Richline “The Stakeout” (S1E6)
1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York Mrs. Martha Hudson Television film
1977–1978 CHiPs Mrs. Downey 3 episodes
1979 Better Late Then Never Marjorie Crane Television film
1980 Barney Miller Miss Stratton (final appearance)
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