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Hermione Gingold (1897–1987)


One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from Jessica in "The Merchant of Venice" to Cassandra in "... See full bio »

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Known For

Gigi
Gigi Madame Alvarez
(1958)
The Music Man
The Music Man Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
(1962)
Munster, Go Home!
Munster, Go Home! Lady Effigie Munster
(1966)
Around the World in 80 Days
(1956)

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 1984 Garbo Talks
Elizabeth Rennick
 1983 How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days (TV Movie)
Miss Sandwich
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Felicity
- Charades (1983) ... Felicity
 1982 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Pincus
- Amy & the Angel (1982) ... Pincus
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Nanny Millie Winthrop
- Mother Dearest (1981) ... Nanny Millie Winthrop
 1977 Simple Gifts (TV Movie)
Narrator (segment "The Great Frost") (voice)
 1977 A Little Night Music
Mme. Armfeldt
 1975 Tubby the Tuba
Miss Squeek (voice)
 1972 The Special London Bridge Special (TV Movie)
The Lady Bus Conductor
 1971 Banyon (TV Series)
Peggy Revere
- Pilot (1971) ... Peggy Revere
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Jane (segment "Love and the Heist")
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear (1971) ... Jane (segment "Love and the Heist")
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Vivian Forsyte
- Aquarius Descending (1970) ... Vivian Forsyte
 1970 Ironside (TV Series)
Ernestine Mugford
- Check, Mate, and Murder: Part 2 (1970) ... Ernestine Mugford
- Check, Mate and Murder: Part 1 (1970) ... Ernestine Mugford
 1969 Winter of the Witch (TV Short)
Witch
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Duchess Christina
- The Lay of the Land (1968) ... Duchess Christina
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1967)
- Episode #1.6 (1967)
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Major Stella Irosian
- The Low Blue C Affair (1967) ... Major Stella Irosian
 1966 Munster, Go Home!
Lady Effigie Munster
 1966 Promise Her Anything
Mrs. Luce
 1965 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Betsy Mae Meadows
- Betsy Mae (1965) ... Betsy Mae Meadows
 1965 Harvey Middleman, Fireman
Mrs. Koogleman
 1965 The Itch (Short)
Woman (voice, uncredited)
 1964 I'd Rather Be Rich
Miss Grimshaw
 1964 The World of Henry Orient (scenes deleted)
 1963 A Cry of Angels (TV Movie)
Caroline
 1962 Gay Purr-ee
Mme. Rubens-Chatte (voice)
 1962 The Music Man
Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
 1961 The Naked Edge
Lilly Harris
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Miss Hope
- The Schartz-Metterklume Method (1960) ... Miss Hope
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1958 Bell Book and Candle
Bianca de Passe
 1958 Gigi
Madame Alvarez
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Bracknell
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1957) ... Lady Bracknell
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Sporting Lady
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Alice
- Sting of Death (1955) ... Alice
 1953 The Adventures of Sadie
Spinster
 1953 The Slasher
Queenie
 1952 The Pickwick Papers
Miss Tompkins
 1948 The Spring Revue (TV Movie)
 1943 The Butler's Dilemma
Aunt Sophie
 1939 The Cate Revue (TV Movie)
 1938 Meet Mr. Penny
Mrs. Wilson
 1937 Merry Comes to Town
Ida Witherspoon
 1936 Someone at the Door
Lizzie Appleby (uncredited)
 1931 Dance Pretty Lady (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Playwright: "Abracadabra." See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »
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Personal Quote:

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue. See more »

Trivia:

In 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?". See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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