Margaret Irving

Margaret Irving (January 18, 1898 – March 5, 1988) was an American actress.


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1898, Irving is best remembered today for her roles as Aunt Gus in the 1950s sitcom The People's Choice[1] and as Mrs. Whitehead in Animal Crackers (1930) starring the Marx Brothers.[2] Her other films included San Francisco (1936), Captain Calamity (1936), Follow Your Heart (1936), Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), and In Society (1944).

She was married to William Frederick James. She died in 1988 in San Francisco, California, at the age of 90.


Year Title Role Notes
1922Radio-ManiaMary Langdon
1926The Broadway BoobMabel Golden
1930Animal CrackersMrs. Whitehead
1931Sheer LuckPatsy
1935Thanks a MillionMrs. Kruger
1936Exclusive StoryMrs. Higgins
1936Wife vs. SecretaryEdna WilsonUncredited
1936Captain CalamityMamie Gruen
1936I Married a DoctorMaude Dyer
1936San FranciscoDella Bailey
1936Women Are TroubleFrances Blaine
1936Follow Your HeartLouise Masetti
1936Four Days' WonderAunt Jessica
1936Charlie Chan at the OperaMme. Lilli Rochelle
1937Men in ExileMother Haines
1937The Outcasts of Poker FlatThe Duchess
1937Wife, Doctor and NurseMrs. Cunningham
1937Under SuspicionLaura Walters
1937Sh! The OctopusPolly Crane
1938Little Miss RoughneckMrs. Gertrude 'Gert' LaRue
1938The Baroness and the ButlerCountess Olga
1938Love, Honor and BehaveNan Bowleigh
1938The Toy WifeMadame DeCambriUncredited
1938KentuckyWoman with Man at Race TrackUncredited
1939Mr. Moto's Last WarningMadame Delacour
1944In SocietyMrs. Winthrop
1945The Beautiful CheatOlympia Haven
1955Ain't Misbehavin'Mrs. GrumbacherUncredited


  1. Irvin, Richard (12 May 2014). George Burns Television Productions: The Series and Pilots, 1950-1981. McFarland. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7864-9486-6.
  2. Crafton, Donald (1999). The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. University of California Press. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-520-22128-4.

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