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Florence Robert Biography, Age, Early Life, Education, Career, Actress in the stock company, Movies, Awards, Trivia, Filmography, Family, Personal Life, Husband, Children, Net Worth

Florence Robert Biography

Florence Roberts was born on March 16, 1861, in Frederick, Maryland, United States.

She was an actress who appeared in the films March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934), Les Misérables (1935), and Off to the Races (1937).

She was married to Walter Gale, an actor. She died on June 6, 1940, in Hollywood, California, United States.

Florence Robert Biography
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Florence Roberts circa 1938

Born March 16, 1864 (Some sources state 1861)

New York City
Died June 6, 1940

Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active 1917–1940
Spouse Walter Gale
Children 1
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Florence Roberts Actress in the stock company

She was born in New York City and began acting on stage there. Her career began with the Brooklyn Opera House’s Hoop of Gold.

She landed her first theatrical role with the Denman Thompson Company and then performed the lead for the N.B. Curtis Company.

This experience led to performances on Broadway. She previously starred in David Belasco’s show Zala. She ran a stock company in Philadelphia for 15 years.

The actress went on three international tours in stock. There was a South African repertoire and an Australian tour with the Henry Duffy musicians. She was also involved with stock firms in Boston and other locations.

In the early 1900s, she conducted annual tours under the leadership of Frederick Belasco.

Florence Robert Biography
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Florence Roberts Movies Career

Roberts’ success in film began with a Mack Sennett comedy. The film producer spotted her on stage in Your Uncle Dudley and decided to cast her in Grandma’s Girl (1930).

Her first roles were in A Wife’s Suspicion and A Wise Dummy, both from 1917.

Her most well-known film performances are from the Jones Family series. She performed the part of Grandmother.

Florence Roberts’s Personal Life

Roberts married actor Walter Gale, and they had a son named Robert Gale.

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Florence Roberts Trivia

Diminutive, plump-faced American character actress on stage since the 1880s.

She formerly ran her own stock company based in Philadelphia. Her husband was theatrical performer Walter Gale.

Florence entered the film industry late in life, playing gentle mothers, grandmothers, spinster aunts, and testy dowagers.

Best known for her role as Granny Jones in the 20th Century Fox sitcom The Jones Family (1936-40).

She made her stage debut in San Francisco in Dion Boucicault’s drama “Arrah-na-Pogue”.

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Florence Roberts Death

Roberts died of cardiovascular illness at home in Hollywood.

She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and funeral services were held at Wee Kirk of the Heather.

Her adopted son, Edward Everett Horton, who appeared with her in stock, delivered the eulogy.

The actress died unexpectedly three weeks after returning from a vacation trip to Panama.

She got there after completing 20th Century Fox’s Jones Family series for the 1939-1940 season.

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Florence Roberts’s Filmography, in part

  • Allan Quatermain (1919) – Mrs. McKenzie
  • The Man Who Was Afraid (1920) – Mrs. Robinson
  • The Sleepwalker (1922) – Mrs. Fabian Dumond
  • The Vulture’s Prey (1922) – Landlady
  • The Best People (1925) – (uncredited)
  • The Eyes of the World (1930) – The Maid (prologue)
  • Soup to Nuts (1930) – Junior’s Mother (uncredited)
  • Kept Husbands (1931) – Mrs. Henrietta Parker
  • Bachelor Apartment (1931) – Mrs. Halloran (uncredited)
  • Everything’s Rosie (1931) – Mrs. Lowe
  • Too Many Cooks (1931) – Mother Cook
  • Fanny Foley Herself (1931) – Lucy
  • Her Majesty, Love (1931) – Grandma (uncredited)
  • Westward Passage (1932) – Mrs. Ottendorf
  • What Price Hollywood? (1932) – Elderly Brown Derby Diner (uncredited)
  • Make Me a Star (1932) – Mrs. Gashwiler
  • The All-American (1932) – Mrs. King
  • Vanity Street (1932) – Annie – Fern’s Maid (uncredited)
  • Officer Thirteen (1932) – Granny
  • Employees’ Entrance (1933) – Shoe Customer (uncredited)
  • Dangerously Yours (1933) – Mrs. Lathem
  • Fast Workers (1933) – Short Window Shopper (uncredited)
  • Daring Daughters (1933) – Ginger Hemingway – the Grandmother
  • A Bedtime Story (1933) – Flower Shop Customer (uncredited)
  • Lilly Turner (1933) – Wedding Guest Calling for Bride (uncredited)
  • Melody Cruise (1933) – Miss Potts
  • The Song of Songs (1933) – Book Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Torch Singer (1933) – Mother Angelica
  • Ever in My Heart (1933) – Eunice (uncredited)
  • Blood Money (1933) – Judge’s Wife (uncredited)
  • Hoop-La (1933) – Ma Benson
  • The Meanest Gal in Town (1934) – Mom – Old Stranded Actress (uncredited)
  • Miss Fane’s Baby Is Stolen (1934) – Agnes
  • Success at Any Price (1934) – Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
  • Student Tour (1934) – Elderly Woman (uncredited)
  • Cleopatra (1934) – Lady Flora
  • Babes in Toyland (1934) – Widow Peep
  • Sons of Steel (1934) – Sarah Mason
  • Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935) – Mrs. Ballard
  • Public Opinion (1935) – Mrs. Buttons
  • The Nut Farm (1935) – Ma Barton – Willie’s Mother
  • Les Misérables (1935) – Toussaint
  • Every Night at Eight (1935) – Mrs. Murgatroyd (uncredited)
  • Accent on Youth (1935) – Mrs. Benham (uncredited)
  • Harmony Lane (1935) – Mrs. Foster
  • Your Uncle Dudley (1935) – Janet Dixon
  • The Country Doctor (1936) – Grandmother (uncredited)
  • Every Saturday Night (1936) – Granny Evers
  • Nobody’s Fool (1936) – Mary Jones
  • Back to Nature (1936) – Granny Jones
  • Off to the Races (1937) – Granny Jones
  • Nobody’s Baby (1937) – Mrs. Mason – Landlady
  • The Jones Family in Big Business (1937) – Granny Jones
  • The Life of Emile Zola (1937) – Madame Zola
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) – Duenna (scenes deleted)
  • Hot Water (1937) – Granny Jones
  • Borrowing Trouble (1937) – Granny Jones
  • Love on a Budget (1938) – Granny Ida Jones
  • A Trip to Paris (1938) – Granny Jones
  • Safety in Numbers (1938) – Granny Jones
  • Personal Secretary (1938) – Mrs. J. J. Farrell
  • Down on the Farm (1938) – Granny Jones
  • The Storm (1938) – Mrs. Roberts
  • Everybody’s Baby (1939) – Granny Jones
  • The Jones Family in Hollywood (1939) – Granny Jones
  • Quick Millions (1939) – Granny Jones
  • Too Busy to Work (1939) – Granny Jones
  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) – Mrs. Bowling Green
  • Young as You Feel (1940) – Granny Jones
  • Double Alibi (1940) – Landlady (uncredited)
  • On Their Own (1940) – Granny Jones (final film role)
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