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Jessie Royce Landis

Filmography

1930      

Derelict

 

1949      

Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

It Happens Every Spring

My Foolish Heart

 

1950      

Mother Didn’t Tell Me

 

1952      

Meet Me Tonight

 

1953      

Main Street to Broadway

 

1955      

To Catch a Thief

 

1956      

The Swan

 

1956      

The Girl He Left Behind

 

1957      

My Man Godfrey

 

1958      

I Married a Woman

 

1959      

North by Northwest

A Private’s Affair

 

1961      

Goodbye Again

 

1962      

Bon Voyage!

Boys’ Night Out

 

1963      

Critic’s Choice

Gidget Goes to Rome

 

1970      

Airport

Awards

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Jessie Royce Landis was born Jessie Medbury in Chicago, Illinois, to Paul, an orchestra musician, and Ella Medbury. Her acting surname “Landis” derives from her first husband, although she was married twice more.

Landis was a stage actress for much of her career. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in “The Highwayman”. Soon she was on Broadway.

In the 1950s, she began appearing in movies as a character actress, most notably in To Catch a Thief (1955), and North by Northwest (1959), both starring Cary Grant and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In North by Northwest she played Grant’s character’s mother, and in To Catch a Thief and The Swan (1956), she played the mothers of Grace Kelly‘s characters. Landis also made many television appearances.

Landis was married three times. Her third husband and widower was United States Army Major General John F. R. “Jeff” Seitz (died 1978). Her autobiography, titled You Won’t Be So Pretty (But You’ll Know More), was published in 1954. She had no children.

Landis died of cancer in Danbury, Connecticut on February 2, 1972, aged 75