Leona Roberts

Leona Roberts (born Leona Celinda Doty, July 26, 1879 – January 29, 1954) was an American stage and film actress.

Leona Roberts
Leona Roberts in Gone with the Wind (1939)
Leona Celinda Doty

(1879-07-26)July 26, 1879
DiedJanuary 29, 1954(1954-01-29) (aged 74)
Years active1926–1949
Spouse(s)Charles James Hutchinson
(m. 1900; div. 19??)
Walter Beck
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Children2, including Josephine Hutchinson
RelativesEdith Roberts (sister)

Life and career

Roberts was born in a small village in Illinois. She made her debut on Broadway in 1926 and appeared there in about 40 productions between 1926 and 1945, mostly in supporting roles.

Roberts started her film career in 1926 as the lead in Poor Mrs. Jones, produced by the United States Department of Agriculture. She went to Hollywood in 1937 and played in over 40 films, mostly in motherly supporting roles. She was probably best-known for her portrayal of "society gossip" Mrs. Meade in Gone with the Wind (1939), together with Harry Davenport, who played Dr. Meade.

Roberts also appeared with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938) as the house servant Mrs. Gogarty, as well in Of Human Hearts (1938) with James Stewart and The Blue Bird (1940) with Shirley Temple.

In 1941, she returned to Broadway, where she worked until the mid-1940s. Subsequently, Roberts worked again in Hollywood and made a few last films there, including a small part in The Loves of Carmen (1948). She made her last film in 1949.

Personal life/death

Roberts died in 1954, age 74. She was the mother of actress Josephine Hutchinson[1] and the sister of Edith Roberts.



  1. Fisher, James; Londré, Felicia Hardison (2017). Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 338. ISBN 9781538107867. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
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