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Oliver, Edna May

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(1883-1942)

    Katz describes May as an eccentric, horse-faced character actress who usually played droll or sarcastic spinsters, memorably as Aunt March in Little Women (1933), Aunt Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield (1935), Miss Pross in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), the nurse in Romeo and Juliet (1936), and Widow McKlennar in Drums Along the Mohawk (1939).

    Warner Brothers cartoonists caricatured Oliver a number of times, most notably in The Hardship of Miles Standish (Freleng, 1940) opposite Hugh Herbert, and in Porky’s Road Race (Tashlin, 1937) in which Oliver wins the race in her drawers.

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