Josephine Hull


Josephine Hull

Infobox actor
name = Josephine Hull


imagesize = 150px
birthname = Josephine Sherwood
birthdate = birth date|1886|1|3|mf=y
birthplace = Newtonville, Massachusetts
deathdate = death date and age|1957|3|12|1886|1|3|mf=y
deathplace = The Bronx, New York
academyawards = Best Supporting Actress
1950 "Harvey"
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1950 "Harvey"

Josephine Hull (January 3, 1886 [Some sources give her year of birth as 1884.] – March 12, 1957) was an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning American actress. She had a successful 50-year career on stage while taking some of her better known roles to film.

Background

Hull was born Josephine Sherwood in Newtonville, Massachusetts. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston) and Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Career

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Hull made her stage debut in stock in 1905, and after some years as a chorus girl and touring stock player, she married actor Shelley Hull (older brother of the more well-known actor Henry Hull) in 1910. When her husband died, quite a young man, in 1919, the actress retired until 1923, when she returned under the name Josephine Hull.

Hull was a stage success in "Craig's Wife" (1926), and in "Daisy Mayme" (1926), a role which was written especially for her. Through the 1920s, she continued working in the theater, and in the 1930s had three Broadway hits in "You Can't Take It With You" (1936), "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1941), and "Harvey" (1944).

Hull had her first major stage success in George Kelly's Pulitzer-winning "Craig's Wife" in 1926. Kelly wrote a role especially for her in his next play, "Daisy Mayme", which also was staged in 1926. She continued working in New York theater throughout the 1920s. In the 30s, Hull appeared in three Broadway hits, as a batty matriarch in "You Can't Take It With You" (1936), as a dotty, charming but homicidal little old lady in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1941), and in "Harvey" (1944). The plays all had long runs, and took up ten years of Hull's career.

Her last Broadway play, "The Solid Gold Cadillac" (1954-55), was later made into a film with the much younger Judy Holliday.

Film

Hull only made five films, beginning with the 1929 film "The Bishop's Candlesticks". That was followed by two 1932 Fox features, "After Tomorrow" (recreating her stage role) and "The Careless Lady". She missed out on recreating her "You Can't Take It With You" role in 1938, as she was still onstage with the show. Spring Byington appeared in the film version). Hull and Canadian-born Jean Adair did play the Brewster sisters in the 1944 film "Arsenic and Old Lace" (starring Cary Grant), and Hull was in the screen version of "Harvey" as well, playing Jimmy Stewart's sister. It is for that role that she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. "Variety" said that Hull, as "the slightly balmy aunt who wants to have Elwood committed, is immense, socking the comedy for every bit of its worth."Fact|date=March 2008

Hull made only one more film, "The Lady from Texas" (1951); she had also appeared in the CBS-TV version of "Arsenic and Old Lace" in 1949, with Ruth McDevitt (an actress who often succeeded Hull in her Broadway roles) as her sister.

Moving to The Bronx, Hull had been retired for some years before her death in 1957 from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Filmography

References

External links

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* [http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/2582484 Josephine Hull Papers, 1871-1957; Diary, 1920-1924. A-94, folder 17v. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.]
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###@@@KEY@@@###succession box
title=Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
years=1950
for "Harvey"
before=Mercedes McCambridge
for "All the King's Men"
after=Kim Hunter
for "A Streetcar Named Desire"
succession box
title=Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
years=1951
for "Harvey"
before=Mercedes McCambridge
for "All the King's Men"
after= Kim Hunter
for "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Persondata
NAME= Hull, Josephine
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Sherwood, Josephine
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Actress
DATE OF BIRTH= January 3, 1886
PLACE OF BIRTH= Newtonville, Massachusetts
DATE OF DEATH= March 12, 1957
PLACE OF DEATH= The Bronx, New York


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