Sarah Padden

Sarah Padden

  • Born on
    • October 15th, 1881
  • Died on
    • December 4th, 1967
Sarah Padden was a character actress in theater and vaudeville from Chicago, Illinois. She performed on stage in the early 20th century. She is noted for her expressive voice and for her psychological studies of the characters she portrayed. Her finest single-act performance was in The Clod, a stage production in which she played an uneducated woman who lived on a farm during the American Civil War. Padden was a featured player on the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.. She had a role in His Grace de Grammont, a romantic comedy by Clyde Fitch which came to the Park Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts in September 1905. The production starred Skinner and was based on the life of a chevalier in the court of Charles II. Padden appeared again with Skinner in a four-act play produced by Charles Frohman, The Honor of the Family, by Emile Fabre, which was presented in New Rochelle, New York in September 1907. Another of her theatrical parts was in Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. It was performed at the Wilkes Orange Grove Theater (Majestic Theater), 845 South Broadway (Los Angeles), in November 1925. She was also an active screen actress from 1926 to 1958, appearing in 178 films and TV shows. In 1938, she played Ma Thayer in MGM's Rich Man Poor Girl, directed by Reinhold Schunzel and starring Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, and Lana Turner. Bill Harrison (Robert Young) a wealthy young businessman moves in with secretary girlfriend Joan Thayer's (Ruth Hussey) eccentric family to convince her they can make their marriage work. In 1941, she played wealthy spinster Aunt Cassandra ("Cassie") Hildegarde Denham in Murder by Invitation, directed by Phil Rosen and starring Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh. In this "closed room" murder comedy, after they unsuccessfully attempt to have her declared legally insane to gain control of her fortune, her nephews and nieces are invited to a week's visit at her mansion where they are murdered one by one.

Starring Sarah Padden on Plex


Acting (29 Credits)

1952Big Jim McLain as Mrs. Lexiter
1950House by the River as Mrs. Beach - Stephen's elderly cook
1950A Life of Her Own as Betsy Ross Hotel Overseer (uncredited)
1947Ramrod as Mrs. Parks
1946Angel on My Shoulder as Agatha (uncredited)
1945Dakota as Mrs. Plummer
1944Casanova Brown as Mrs. Smith
1943Hangmen Also Die! as Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
1942Heart of the Rio Grande as 'Skipper' Forbes
1942The Mad Monster as Grandmother
1942This Gun for Hire as Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
1941City of Missing Girls as Mrs. Randolph
1941The Corsican Brothers as Nurse
1941A Woman's Face as Police Matron
1939The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Woman Wanting Needle Threaded
1935Anna Karenina as Governess
1935Mad Love as Crippled Girl's Mother (Uncredited)
1934He Was Her Man as Mrs. Gardella
1933The Sin of Nora Moran as Mrs. Watts
1933The Power and the Glory as Henry's Wife
1933Ann Vickers as Lil
1933Doctor Bull as Mary the Canning Cook
1932Blondie of the Follies as Ma McClune
1932Kongo as Nun (uncredited)
1932Red-Headed Woman as Mary, Legendre Maid (uncredited)
1932Rasputin and the Empress as Duna the Landlady (uncredited)
1932Grand Hotel as Chambermaid in Room 174 (uncredited)
1931Bad Girl as Mrs. Gardner (uncredited)
1931Mata Hari as Sister Teresa (uncredited)

Take Plex everywhere.

Watch free anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.

  • Roku
  • Samsung
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • Apple iOS
  • Chomecast
  • XBOX
  • nVidia
  • Vizio
  • PlayStation
  • LG

See the full list of supported devices