Maude Eburne

Maude Eburne (born Maud Eburne Riggs, 10 November 1875 – 15 October 1960) was a Canadian character actress of stage and screen, known for playing eccentric roles.

Maude Eburne
Eburne in Theatre Magazine, 1914
Maud Eburne Riggs

(1875-11-10)November 10, 1875
Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
DiedOctober 15, 1960(1960-10-15) (aged 84)
Years active1915-1951
Eugene J. Hall
(m. 1905; died 1932)

Early years

Eburne was born the daughter of John and Mary Riggs,[1] in Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario. She studied elocution in Toronto, Ontario.

The death of Eburne's father in 1901 was a catalyst for her entry into acting as a profession. She said that he would not have approved a stage career for her and added, "If my father knew I was on the stage, he would not rest in peace."[1]


Eburne began her career in stock theater in Buffalo, New York.[2] Her early theater work was in Ontario and New York City, debuting on Broadway to great acclaim as "Coddles" in the 1914 farce A Pair of Sixes.[3]"When I first came to New York... I said I didn't want to be beautiful young girls or stately leading women, but wanted parts that had something queer in them, especially if there were dialect."[4]

She continued to play mainly humorous domestic roles on stage, appearing in productions such as The Half Moon (1920), Lady Butterfly (1923), Three Cheers (1928) and Many a Slip (1930),[5] before her first significant film role — and first sound film role —[1] in The Bat Whispers (1930), director Roland West's sound remake of his 1926 silent feature The Bat.

Personal life

Eugene J. Hall married Eburne "in about 1905". They had a daughter, Marion Birdseye Hall, in 1907.[1] Eburne died in 1932.[6]

Hall retired in 1951.


Eburne died on October 15, 1960, in Hollywood, California,[1] at age 84.

Partial filmography

Eburne's more than 100 films include:


  1. Nissen, Axel (2016). Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 31–37. ISBN 9780786497324. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. Coons, Robbin (May 2, 1932). "Hollywood Notebook". The Emporia Gazette. Kansas, Emporia. p. 2. Retrieved 1 August 2017 via
  3. "Coddles Awakes at Last to Find Herself Famous; After Thirteen Years of Watchful Waiting, Maude Eburne Comes into Her Own". The New York Times. 1914-03-29. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  4. "Tumbling Into Fame" Theatre Magazine (October 1914): 171-172.
  5. "Maude Eburne". Northern Stars. Screenarts Incorporated. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  6. Nissen, Axel (12 August 2016). "Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood". McFarland via Google Books.


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