Edith Barrett

Edith Barrett (January 19, 1907 – February 22, 1977) was an American actress.

Edith Barrett
Born
Edith Williams

(1907-01-19)January 19, 1907
DiedFebruary 22, 1977(1977-02-22) (aged 70)
OccupationActress
Years activec.1923–1959
Spouse(s)
Vincent Price
(m. 1938; div. 1948)
ChildrenVincent Barrett Price
RelativesLawrence Barrett
(grandfather)

Biography

Edith Williams was a granddaughter of 19th-century American actor Lawrence Barrett.[1] She entered the entertainment industry at age 16 in a staging of Walter Hampden's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. At age 19, in 1926, she appeared with Hampden in Caponsacchi. During the 1930s, she performed with Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre troupe.

While appearing in the Mercury Theatre 1937 production of The Shoemaker's Holiday, she married leading man Vincent Price in 1938. The marriage ended in 1948. She and Price had one son, author/poet and environmental activist Vincent Barrett Price (born 1940). Her biggest Broadway success was as star of the now-obscure production Mrs. Moonlight.

In her first film, Ladies in Retirement (1941), she played one of the two half-witted half-sisters of Ida Lupino's homicidal character. Her best remembered movie role is possibly Mrs. Holland's mother-in-law in I Walked with a Zombie (1943), a movie sometimes described as "Jane Eyre" in the West Indies. She was almost three years younger than her "son" in that film (played by Tom Conway). She appeared briefly onscreen with Price in Keys of the Kingdom (1944). The following year she was seen as Mrs. Fairfax in 20th Century-Fox's adaptation of the real Jane Eyre (1944). She retired from films after essaying a minor role in The Swan (1956).

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1941Ladies in RetirementLouisa Creed
1942Lady for a NightKatherine Alderson
1942Give Out, SistersAgatha Waverly
1942Get Hep to LoveMiss Roberts
1942You Can't Escape ForeverMadame Lucille
1943I Walked with a ZombieMrs. Rand
1943Always a BridesmaidMrs. Cavanaugh
1943The Ghost ShipEllen Roberts
1943The Song of BernadetteCroisine Bouhouhorts
1943Jane EyreMrs. Fairfax
1944The Story of Dr. WassellMother of Little English BoyUncredited
1944Strangers in the NightIvy Miller
1944The Keys of the KingdomAunt Polly
1945Molly and MeJulia
1945That's the SpiritAbigail
1948RuthlessMrs. Burnside
1949The Lady GamblesRuth Phillips
1952Holiday for SinnersMrs. Corvier
1956The SwanElsa - Beatrix's Maid
1958In Love and WarMrs. LenaineUncredited

Notes

  1. Charles Brackett, The New Yorker, November 6, 1926, page 34.


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