skip navigation
Overview for Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell

Jane Darwell



TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (3)

Recent DVDs

Wake of the... Director Edward Ludwig (The Fighting Seabees) and his star John Wayne (Big Jim... more info $12.97was $19.95 Buy Now

1000 to 1: The... Originally released in 2012. Directed by Michael Levine. Starring David Henrie,... more info $9.95was $14.93 Buy Now

The Great... One of the very first spin-off sensations, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve... more info $28.95was $35.99 Buy Now

Heat... Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak. Set in the middle of a sweltering nowhere, Olga, a... more info $14.95was $17.99 Buy Now

One Sunday... One Sunday afternoon in the park aspiring dentist Biff Grimes meets a beauty... more info $14.95was $17.99 Buy Now

Happiness... An heiress falls for a singing window washer. more info $14.95was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Patti Woodward Died: August 13, 1967
Born: October 15, 1879 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Palmyra, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ... actor


A heavy-set character player with a hearty voice and a slightly worried expression, Jane Darwell was often cast in matronly roles. Although she played a wide variety of roles (including an unsympathetic part as one of the lynchers in the memorable "The Ox-Bow Incident" 1943) in a career spanning well over 100 credits from the early 1930s through the mid-60s, she was most typically seen as concerned, warm-hearted mothers. For many fans, Darwell will always be remembered for her towering, Oscar-winning performance as Ma Joad in John Ford's stirring adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940). One of her last screen appearances was as an elderly woman seen tossing crumbs to the pigeons while Julie Andrews warbled "Feed the Birds" in "Mary Poppins" (1964).

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute