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Zasu Pitts

Zasu Pitts was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas and comedies, transitioning successfully to mostly comedy films with the advent of sound films. She may be best known for her performance in Erich von Stroheim's epic silent film Greed. Based on her performance, von Stroheim labeled Pitts "the greatest dramatic actress". He also featured her in his films The Honeymoon (1928), The Wedding March (1928), War Nurse (1930) and Walking Down Broadway, released as Hello, Sister! (1933). However, for the most part, with the advent of sound Pitts was mostly relegated to comedy parts. A bitter disappointment was when she was replaced in the classic war drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) by Beryl Mercer after her initial appearance in previews drew unintentional laughs, despite her intense performance. She had viewers rolling in the aisles in Finn and Hattie (1931), The Guardsman (1931), Blondie of the Follies (1932), Sing and Like It (1934) and Ruggles of Red Gap (1935). In 1936 and 1937 she portrayed Hildegarde Withers in two movies, succeeding Edna May Oliver as the spinster sleuth, but they were not well received. In the 1950s she started focusing on television. This culminated in her best known series role, playing second banana to Gale Storm on CBS's The Gale Storm Show (1956) (also known as Oh, Susannah) in the role of Elvira Nugent ("Nugie"), the shipboard beautician. In 1961, Pitts was cast opposite Earle Hodgins in the episode "Lonesome's Gal" on the ABC sitcom, Guestward, Ho!, set on a dude ranch in New Mexico. In 1962, Pitts appeared in an episode of CBS's Perry Mason, "The Case of the Absent Artist". Her final role was as Gertie, the switchboard operator in the Stanley Kramer comedy epic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

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Jan 3, 1894 In Parsons, Kansas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Free Love
Latest Project:
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Known For
Poster of Paris
Poster of Mannequin
Poster of The Great Divide
Poster of Free Love
Movie Free Love 2020
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy 1964-09-02
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Gertie - Switchboard Operator 1963-11-07
Movie The Thrill of It All Olivia 1963-07-17
Movie Teenage Millionaire Aunt Theodora 1961-08-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie This Could Be the Night Mrs. Shea 1957-05-14
Movie Screen Directors Playhouse: The Silent Partner Selma 1955-12-21
Movie Francis Joins the WACS Lt. Valerie Humpert 1954-07-30
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Denver and Rio Grande Jane Dwyer 1952-05-16
Movie Francis Nurse Valerie Humpert 1950-01-01
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie Life with Father Cousin Cora Cartwright 1947-09-13
Movie The Perfect Marriage Rosa 1947-01-24
Movie Breakfast in Hollywood Elvira Spriggens 1946-02-26
Movie Let's Face It Cornelia Pigeon 1943-08-04
Movie Mexican Spitfire at Sea Miss Pepper 1942-03-13
Movie So's Your Aunt Emma! Aunt Emma Bates 1942-04-17
Movie Tish Aggie Pilkington (as ZaSu Pitts) 1942-09-17
Movie The Bashful Bachelor Geraldine 1942-03-19
Movie The Mexican Spitfire's Baby Emily Pepper 1941-11-28
Movie Miss Polly Pandora Polly 1941-11-14
Movie Niagara Falls Emmy Sawyer 1941-10-17
Movie Broadway Limited Myra 1941-06-13
Movie Uncle Joe Julia Jordan 1941-01-01
Movie Weekend for Three Anna, Craig's Maid 1941-12-12
Movie It All Came True Miss Flint 1940-04-06
Movie No, No, Nanette Pauline Hastings 1940-12-19
Movie Eternally Yours Mrs. Cary Bingham 1939-10-07
Movie Nurse Edith Cavell Mme. Moulin 1939-08-31
Movie Mickey the Kid Lilly Handy 1939-07-03
Movie Naughty But Nice Aunt Penelope Hardwick 1939-06-23
Movie The Lady's from Kentucky Dulcey Lee 1939-04-27
Movie Forty Naughty Girls Hildegarde Withers 1937-09-24
Movie 13 Hours by Air Miss Harkins 1936-04-29
Movie The Plot Thickens Hildegarde Withers 1936-12-11
Movie Mad Holiday Mrs. Fay Kinney 1936-11-13
Movie Sing Me a Love Song Gwen Logan 1936-12-25
Movie The Affair of Susan Susan Todd 1935-09-01
Movie Going Highbrow Cora Upshaw 1935-08-23
Movie Hot Tip Belle McGill 1935-08-20
Movie She Gets Her Man Esmeralda 1935-08-05
Movie Spring Tonic Maggie Conklin 1935-06-27
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Mrs. Judson 1935-03-08
Movie And She Learned About Dames Herself 1934-03-27
Movie The Meanest Gal in Town Tillie Prescott 1934-01-12
Movie Two Alone Esthey Roberts 1934-01-26
Movie Three on a Honeymoon Alice Mudge 1934-03-22
Movie Their Big Moment Tillie Whim 1934-08-17
Movie Sing and Like it Annie Snodgrass 1934-04-20
Movie Love Birds Araminta Tootle 1934-05-04
Movie Dames Matilda Ounce Hemingway 1934-09-01
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Miss Hazy 1934-10-28
Movie The Gay Bride Mirabelle 1934-12-14
Movie Out All Night Bonny 1933-04-08
Movie Asleep in the Feet Zasu 1933-01-22
Movie Maids a la Mode Miss Pitts 1933-03-04
Movie The Bargain of the Century Zasu 1933-04-07
Movie Mr. Skitch Maddie Skitch 1933-12-22
Movie Hello, Sister! Millie 1933-04-14
Movie Professional Sweetheart Elmerada de Leon 1933-06-09
Movie Her First Mate Mary Horner 1933-08-03
Movie I've Got to Sing a Torch Song Unknown 1933-09-23
Movie Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men Sybby 'Sib' 1933-10-18
Movie Meet The Baron Zasu 1933-10-20
Movie The Broken Lullaby Anna, Holderlin's Maid 1932-01-24
Movie Red Noses Miss Pitts 1932-03-18
Movie Westward Passage Mrs. Truesdale 1932-05-27
Movie Shopworn Aunt Dot 1932-03-25
Movie Destry Rides Again Temperance Worker 1932-04-17
Movie The Trial of Vivienne Ware Gladys Fairweather 1932-05-01
Movie Strangers of the Evening Sybil Smith 1932-05-14
Movie Alum and Eve Zasu 1932-09-24
Movie Is My Face Red? Morning Gazette Telephone Operator 1932-06-17
Movie Once in a Lifetime Miss Leyton 1932-10-02
Movie Make Me a Star Mrs. Scudder 1932-07-01
Movie Madison Sq. Garden Florrie 1932-11-04
Movie The Crooked Circle Nora Rafferty 1932-09-25
Movie Blondie of the Follies Gertie 1932-09-01
Movie Show Business Zasu 1932-08-20
Movie Roar of the Dragon Gabby Woman 1932-07-08
Movie Back Street Mrs. Dole 1932-09-01
Movie Their Mad Moment Miss Dibbs 1931-07-12
Movie Finn and Hattie Mrs. Hattie Haddock 1931-02-28
Movie The Bad Sister Minnie 1931-03-29
Movie Beyond Victory 'Mlle' Fritzi Mobley 1931-04-03
Movie Seed Jennie 1931-05-14
Movie Let's Do Things Zasu Pitts 1931-06-06
Movie A Woman of Experience Katie 1931-08-06
Movie Catch-As Catch-Can ZaSu 1931-08-22
Movie The Big Gamble Nora Dugan 1931-09-27
Movie Penrod and Sam Mrs. Bassett 1931-10-03
Movie The Guardsman Liesl 1931-11-07
Movie War Mamas Zasu 1931-11-14
Movie On the Loose Zasu 1931-12-26
Movie The Secret Witness Bella 1931-12-31
Movie Little Accident Monica 1930-08-03
Movie No, No, Nanette Pauline Hastings 1930-02-16
Movie The Devil's Holiday Ethel 1930-05-09
Movie Honey Mayme 1930-03-29
Movie Monte Carlo Bertha 1930-08-27
Movie Sin Takes a Holiday Annie 1930-11-10
Movie War Nurse Cushie 1930-11-22
Movie The Lottery Bride Hilda 1930-11-27
Movie River's End Louise 1930-11-01
Movie Passion Flower Mrs. Harney 1930-12-06
Movie The Squall Lena 1929-05-09
Movie Paris 1929-11-07
Movie Oh, Yeah! The Elk 1929-10-19
Movie The Locked Door Telephone Girl 1929-11-16
Movie Buck Privates 1928-01-29
Movie The Wedding March Cecelia Schweisser 1928-10-06
Movie Casey at the Bat Camille 1927-03-08
Movie Risky Business Agnes Wheaton 1926-10-04
Movie What Happened to Jones Hilda (as Zazu Pitts) 1926-02-08
Movie Mannequin Annie Pogani 1926-01-11
Movie Greed Trina 1925-01-26
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself 1925-04-09
Movie The Great Divide Polly Jordan 1925-02-15
Movie Pretty Ladies Maggie Keenan 1925-08-05
Movie Lazybones Ruth Fanning 1925-11-06
Movie Secrets of the Night Celia Stebbins 1924-11-12
Movie Changing Husbands Delia 1924-06-22
Movie Wine of Youth Lucy 1924-09-15
Movie Three Wise Fools Mickey 1923-08-19
Movie Souls for Sale Herself - Celebrity Actress in Commissary 1923-04-22
Movie The Other Half Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid 1919-08-18
Movie A Lady's Name Emily 1918-12-10
Movie A Society Sensation Mary 1918-09-22
Movie How Could You, Jean? Oscar's Sweetheart 1918-06-29
Movie A Modern Musketeer A Kansas Belle (uncredited) 1917-12-30
Movie A Little Princess Becky 1917-11-05
Movie '49–'17 Party Guest (uncredited) 1917-10-15
Movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Undetermined Role (uncredited) 1917-09-22

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