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|Born||June 2, 1866|
New York, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 1937 (aged 71)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Helen Lowell Robb|
|Years active||1919–1937 (film & TV)|
Lowell was born in New York on June 2, 1866, to William and Mary Robb. In 1884 she debuted in the title role of Iolanthe at the Academy of Music in New York. At the age of 21 her mother died. She was known for playing the role of Mrs. Errol in Little Lord Fauntleroy. In 1895 she played Charlotte Corday. She appeared in J.M.Barrie's Quality Street creating the role of Susan Throssell in the first New York production with Maude Adams, who starred as Phoebe Throssell (ibdb.com).
In October 1903 she appeared in the stage version Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in Louisville, Kentucky. She was able to tour to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and across America for the next seven years playing Miss Hazy "in the Cabbage Patch".
She had a successful career as a stage comedienne, appearing on Broadway in The Torch-Bearers (1922), before she went to Hollywood in 1934 where she appeared in Side Streets which was a Warner Bros film. She became known as the first choice for playing middle aged women.
Lowell died in 1937.
- Side Streets (1934) - as Tillie
- The Merry Frinks (1934) - as Grandma Frink
- Party Wire (1935) - as Nettie Putnam
- The Goose and the Gander (1935) - as Aunt Julia
- Strike Me Pink (1936) - as Hattie 'Ma' Carson
- I'd Give My Life (1936) - as Mrs. Bancroft, Sr.
- Wild Brian Kent (1936) - Aunt Sue Prentice
- Four Days' Wonder (1936)
- Snowed Under (1936) - as Mrs. Canterbury
- Michael O'Halloran (1937) - as Hettie
- Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
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