Marietta Canty

  • Born on
    • September 30th, 1905
  • Died on
    • July 9th, 1986
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marietta Canty (1905-1986) was an African American actress, community activist and recipient of numerous humanist awards. As an actress, Marietta Canty first appeared on Broadway in 1933. She also appeared in 40 films between 1940 and 1955, mostly in supporting roles and bit parts. Two of her first roles were in the films The Lady is Waiting (1942) and The Spoilers (1942), both with Marlene Dietrich in the leading role. Canty is perhaps best known as Delilah, Spencer Tracy's housemaid, in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and in its sequel Father's Little Dividend (1951). Canty retired from film acting in 1955, her last role in Hollywood was Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, where she had a memorable part as Sal Mineo's family maid.


Acting (13 Credits)

1955A Man Called Peter as Emma
1955Rebel Without a Cause as Crawford Maid
1952Dreamboat as Lavinia
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Ida
1951Father's Little Dividend as Delilah (Banks' maid)
1951A Streetcar Named Desire as Giggling Woman with Eunice (uncredited)
1950Father of the Bride as Delilah
1950Bright Leaf as Queenie - Sonia's Maid (uncredited)
1949My Foolish Heart
1947Dear Ruth as Dora
1942The Lady Is Willing as Mary Lou
1942The Spoilers as Idabelle
1940Boom Town as Maid

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