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Hermione Gingold

Biography

Stage and display screen actress who’s best remembered on her behalf shows in the Broadway musicals John Murray Anderson’s Almanac and JUST A LITTLE Evening Music. Her function in the last mentioned creation gained her a 1973 Tony nomination for Featured Celebrity within a Musical. She produced her stage debut within a 1908 creation called Pinkie as well as the Fairies. She was honored using a Golden World Award for Greatest Supporting Actress on her behalf function in the 1958 film edition of Gigi. She wedded second hubby Eric Maschwitz in 1926; the few divorced 2 decades afterwards. She and Shirley Jones both made an appearance in the 1962 film edition from the Music Man.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth December 9, 1897
Died May 24, 1987, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth London, England
Profession Stage Actress
Nationality English
Spouse Eric Maschwitz, Michael Joseph
Children Stephen Joseph, Leslie Joseph
Parents Kate Gingold, James Gingold
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Grammy Award for Best Album for Children
Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Movies Gigi, The Music Man, Bell, Book and Candle, Around the World in 80 Days, Munster, Go Home!, Gay Purr-ee, The Naked Edge, Promise Her Anything, Garbo Talks, Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, I'd Rather Be Rich, A Little Night Music, The Pickwick Papers, Cosh Boy, Harvey Middleman, Fireman, Our Girl Friday, Tubby the Tuba, The World of Henry Orient, The Butler's Dilemma, How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, Banyon
TV Shows One Minute Please
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1For her work in Gigi (1958), she's one of only 4 actresses to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture without receiving an Oscar nomination for the same performance. The other 3 are, in chronological order: Katy Jurado in High Noon (1952), Karen Black in The Great Gatsby (1974) and Katharine Ross in Voyage of the Damned (1976).
2She appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Gigi (1958).
3One of the many celebrities who feuded with controversial gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. In fact, one night Gingold appeared on The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957) to be interviewed by Paar, who also was feuding with Kilgallen. When she walked out on stage she was carrying a picture of Kilgallen with a toilet seat as a frame.
4In her appearance on Merv Griffins late night show circa 1971, she came on after Zsa Zsa Gabor and Charro. These two had been cat-fighting for most of the show. Hermione strode out carrying her toy terrier and said in stentorian tones, "You don't mind if I bring out another b---h, do you?".
5Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "A Little Night Music," a role she recreated in the film version of the same name, A Little Night Music (1977).
6Children from first marriage: sons Leslie and Stephen.
7Originally a dramatic actress with a coloratura soprano singing voice, her throaty purr developed and deepened as a result of vocal nodules, which her mother insisted she not remove.
8Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum.
9Perhaps best remembered as the retired courtesan in "Gigi" in which she dueted "I Remember it Well" with Maurice Chevalier. She won theatre's Donaldson Award for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" in 1954.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Garbo Talks1984Elizabeth Rennick
How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days1983TV MovieMiss Sandwich
Hotel1983TV SeriesFelicity
ABC Afterschool Specials1982TV SeriesPincus
Trapper John, M.D.1981TV SeriesNanny Millie Winthrop
Simple Gifts1977TV MovieNarrator (segment "The Great Frost") (voice)
A Little Night Music1977Mme. Armfeldt
Tubby the Tuba1975Miss Squeek (voice)
The Special London Bridge Special1972TV MovieThe Lady Bus Conductor
Banyon1971TV SeriesPeggy Revere
Love, American Style1971TV SeriesJane (segment "Love and the Heist")
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesVivian Forsyte
Ironside1970TV SeriesErnestine Mugford
Winter of the Witch1969TV ShortWitch
It Takes a Thief1968TV SeriesDuchess Christina
Those Fantastic Flying Fools1967Angelica
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesMajor Stella Irosian
Before the Fringe1967TV Series
Munster, Go Home!1966Lady Effigie Munster
Promise Her Anything1966Mrs. Luce
Comedy Playhouse1965TV SeriesBetsy Mae Meadows
Harvey Middleman, Fireman1965Mrs. Koogleman
The Itch1965ShortWoman (voice, uncredited)
I'd Rather Be Rich1964Miss Grimshaw
The World of Henry Orient1964scenes deleted
A Cry of Angels1963TV MovieCaroline
Gay Purr-ee1962Mme. Rubens-Chatte (voice)
The Music Man1962Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
The Naked Edge1961Lilly Harris
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960TV SeriesMiss Hope
Art Carney Special1959TV Series
Bell Book and Candle1958Bianca de Passe
Gigi1958Madame Alvarez
Matinee Theatre1957TV SeriesLady Bracknell
Around the World in Eighty Days1956Sporting Lady
The Elgin Hour1955TV SeriesAlice
The Adventures of Sadie1953Spinster
The Slasher1953Queenie
The Pickwick Papers1952Miss Tompkins
The Spring Revue1948TV Movie
The Butler's Dilemma1943Aunt Sophie
The Cate Revue1939TV Movie
Meet Mr. Penny1938Mrs. Wilson
Merry Comes to Town1937Ida Witherspoon
Someone at the Door1936Lizzie Appleby (uncredited)
Dance Pretty Lady1931uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Little Night Music1977performer: "A Weekend in the Country"
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary performer: "I Remember It Well" 1958 - uncredited
The Special London Bridge Special1972TV Movie performer: "London Town"
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra1959TV Special performer: "Comes Love", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Love Is Sweeping the Country" - uncredited
Gigi1958performer: "The Night They Invented Champagne", "I Remember It Well" - uncredited
The Elgin Hour1955TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Before the Fringe1967TV Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra1959TV SpecialHerself - Singer
The Ben Hecht Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Comedienne
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1958TV SeriesHerself
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHerself
Shower of Stars1958TV SeriesHerself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1957TV SeriesHerself
Home1956TV SeriesHerself
The Robert Q. Lewis Show1956TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHerself
One Minute Please1954TV SeriesHerself / panelist
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesHerself - Guest Actress
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1977TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne / Herself - Actress
Looks Familiar1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celebrity Cooks1975TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Squares1975TV SeriesHerself
Day at Night1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Personality1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967-1968TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Girl Talk1963-1968TV SeriesHerself
The Woody Woodbury Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965-1966TV SeriesHerself
The New London Palladium Show1965TV Series
The Jack Paar Program1965TV SeriesHerself
The Price Is Right1965TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1965TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1959-1963TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Talent Scouts1962-1963TV SeriesHerself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1963TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1959-1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957-1962TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself - Comedienne
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The Arthur Murray Party1960TV SeriesHerself
Startime1960TV SeriesHerself
The Frances Langford Show1960TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Svengoolie2012TV SeriesLady Effigie Munster
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2000-2003TV Series documentaryLady Effigie Munster
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'Gigi'
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 'Gigi' (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV SeriesMaman in 'Gigi'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for Children· Karl Böhm (Conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressGigi (1958)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressThe Music Man (1962)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Musical PerformanceGigi (1958)


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#Quote
1I had all the schooling any actress needs. I learned enough to sign contracts.
2[on auditioning for "A Little Night Music"] "I'd played for royalty, but Steve Sondheim and Hal Prince were too much for me. The only one who frightened me more was Noël Coward."
3"The nearest my mother ever got to telling me the facts of life was the day she called me to her room and said she had something important to tell me. After a good deal of embarassed coughing she spluttered, 'Don't ever sit down on a strange lavatory seat'".
4Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue.
5Really, sex and laughter do go very well together, and I wondered - and I still do - which is more important.
6(humorously comparing - in a stage revue - Sir Donald Wolfit's old-fashioned and somewhat stereotypical performance as Richard III with Laurence Olivier's): "Olivier is a tour-de-force, and Wolfit is forced to tour".

#Trademark
1Deepening voice
2Sharp nose and chin

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