Griffies was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, the daughter of actor and manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts. Taken onstage at the age of three, she continued to act for the next 86 years.Griffies married actor Walter Beaumont in 1900, and he died in 1910. In 1914, she married actor Edward Cooper,:_72 who predeceased his wife by almost two decades. On 9 September 1975, in London,:75 Griffies died of a stroke.
Griffies appeared in numerous plays, making her theatre debut in London in 1899. Having made brief cameos in films since 1917, she started a full career in the industry by 1930 in the film version of the play Old English, and appeared in her more than 90 film and television roles in a career that lasted until her retirement in 1967. She played Grace Poole in two versions of Jane Eyre, the 1934 Monogram version and the better-known 1943 version. One of her last well-known roles was the elderly ornithologist Mrs. Bundy in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). She also performed in Billy Liar 1963 the same year as The Birds.
Movies & TV shows
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The Trials of O'Brien
The Trials of O'Brien is a 1965 television series starring Peter Falk as a sordid Shakespeare-quoting lawyer and featuring Elaine Stritch as his secretary and Joanna Barnes as his ex-wife. The series...
Bus Riley's Back in Town
Bus Riley returns to his small town after time in the army. On his return, his ex-girlfriend wants to resume their relationship. The only problem is she has married in the mean time. Searching for ful...
Melanie Daniels likes to flirt with an attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown with a gift of lovebirds. The bird population runs amok immediately after he...
A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life ...
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchhiker, hosted a continuation of the dramatic anthology series.
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Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum. Versions ...
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The Philco Television Playhouse
The Philco Television Playhouse is an American anthology series that was broadcast live on NBC from 1948 to 1955. Produced by Fred Coe, the series was sponsored by Philco. It was one of the most respe...
Sing While You Dance
Susan Kent, hoping to establish herself as a song-plugger, tries to obtain a second song from a young songwriter, Johnny Crane, after his first song becomes a hit. While pursuing her objective, she fa...
In Victorian England, the Reverend Arthur Nichols was in love with Emily and Charlotte Bront. Along with their sister Anne, Emily and Charlotte also try to help their brother Branwell, a gifted artist...
Thrill of a Romance
A soldier falls in love with a newly-married woman after her husband abandons her for a business meeting on their honeymoon.
An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.
The Horn Blows at Midnight
A trumpet player in a radio orchestra falls asleep during a commercial and dreams he's Athanael, an angel who will blow the Last Trumpet at exactly midnight on Earth, marking the end of the world.
Molly and Me
A vivacious actress needing work becomes a housekeeper for a crusty retired politician, and gives his life the shaking-up that it needs.
It Happened Tomorrow
A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.
Pardon My Rhythm
A high school bandleader captures the interest of a popular co-ed.
Music for Millions
Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WWII
The White Cliffs of Dover
Susan and her father are going to England for a vacation. Susan met Sir John Ashwood at a society ball and fell in love with him immediately. As a new member of the British gentry, American Susan neve...
Forever and a Day
Gates Trimble Pomfret, an American, was in London during the World War II to sell his ancestral family house. The current tenant tried to convince the seller to stay by telling him about the 140-year ...
Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, hired Jane Eyre to care for his young daughter after a harsh childhood.
An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet and gets married, but then there are complications.
Time to Kill
Lloyd Nolan is back as detective Michael Shayne who's in search of a stolen coin.
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
The fifth film version of Alice Hegan Rice's 1901 novel, starring Fay Bainter as the loving but near-penniless mother struggling to raise her five children in their shantytown home.
Castle in the Desert
Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to ...
Between Us Girls
A 20-year-old stage actress takes on her most challenging role when she pretends to be her own mother's 12-year-old daughter. Comedy.
Billy the Kid
Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on the men wh...
How Green Was My Valley
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans raised coal-mining sons and hoped their youngest would find a better life outside the mines.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and letting it be t...
Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer, (Dick Nelson) will need them now he's drafted.
Remember the Day
Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost.
Dead Men Tell
A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.
On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front...
Stranger on the Third Floor
Newspaper reporter Michael Ward plunges into a nightmare of guilt, fearing that his "evidence" has sentenced the wrong man to death.
Upholsterer's assistant Irene O'Dare meets wealthy Don Marshall while she is measuring chairs for Mrs. Herman Vincent at her Long Island estate. Charmed by her, Don anonymously purchases Madame Lucy's...
Vigil in the Night
A good nurse ruins her career by covering up for her sister's careless mistake.
Over the Moon
Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once finds she has ...
We Are Not Alone
A British doctor and his son's Austrian governess have an affair and are accused of murdering the doctor's wife.
The Mysterious Mr. Davis
A man beset by creditors invents a fictitious partner
London has become enthralled by the antics of the contemporary Robin Hood, but when a band of bad guys start framing him for their misdeeds, the hero has to catch the criminals and clear his name.
Mrs. Lotty Wilkins is an unhappily wife whom's life husband and romance have departed. In order to possibly salvage some of the missing elements in her life she rents an old Italian mansion and sharin...
Vanessa: Her Love Story
The Victorian wife of a mad baron waits years for a British soldier sent to Egypt.
The Return Of Peter Grimm
After Peter Grimm (Lionel Barrymore) dies, his spirit returns to help clean up the messy lives of those he left behind. Director George Nicholls Jr.'s 1935 drama also stars Helen Mack, Edward Ellis, A...
Werewolf of London
A strange animal attack turns a botanist into a bloodthirsty monster.
Mystery of Edwin Drood
An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.
In 19th century Russia a woman in a respectable marriage to a doctor must grapple with her love for a dashing soldier.
Four Frightened People
Malaya tropical island romantic love triangle adventure thriller, about a cruise ship where Bubonic plague breaks out. Four people are able to leave the ship in a tiny boat and make it to a desert isl...
We Live Again
Nekhludoff, a Russian nobleman serving on a jury, discovers that the young girl on trial, Katusha, is someone he once seduced and abandoned and that he himself bears responsibility for reducing her to...
Wealthy but unhappy Patricia Belmont meets fun-loving insurance salesman Bill Smith (and his fun-loving friends Sam Ragland and Betty Harkness)on a ship cruise and falls in love, much to the annoyance...
Jane Eyre is an orphan who was raised by her aunt until she came to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. But Jane is attracted by the intelligent and energetic Sir Roche...
The Painted Veil
The wife of a doctor falls in love with a diplomat in China.
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Dashing British sleuth Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond finds himself immersed in another adventure when he stumbles upon a corpse in the mysterious London mansion of Prince Achmed. Enlisting the help ...
In this engaging adaptation of James Gould Cozzen's novel The Last Adam, film icon Will Rogers portrays Dr. George Bull, a compassionate, highly regarded small-town physician who often prescribes a he...
A Lady's Profession
A couple of down-and-out British aristocrats buy an American roadhouse.
When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer. Years later, she then searches for the gave up child.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice discovers that an ordinary library mirror is a portal into another world when she is in this version of the Lewis Carroll classic. As she adjusts to her constantly changing size, thanks to some ...
Ranchowner Slim Perkins is in love with his neighbor's niece, Angelica Wayne, but her aunt and uncle throw him off their property because he is a poor bumbler. One day a stranger buys Slim's ranch for...
With a sparkling script by Leslie Charteris, creator of "The Saint" - the latest crime wave has Scotland Yard baffled. Commissioner Hope (Sir Guy Standing) sends two of his officers (Billy Bevan and C...
Tonight Is Ours
A princess is torn between her royal obligations and her love for a handsome Frenchman.
Gong beaters turn on a ruthless jungle trader and the well-dressed blonde who travels with him.
Are You Listening?
WBLA is on the air, presenting the live music, the sudsy dramas and the sell-sell-sell of commercial interludes that keep consumers buying and sponsors smiling. But one sponsor, a producer of plumbing...
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.
Among the travelers of varied backgrounds that meet and interact on one night at Union Depot, a metropolitan train station, are Chick and his friend Scrap Iron, both newly released from prison after s...
The Impatient Maiden
A maid's dream comes true but are not quite what she expected.
Love Me Tonight
A Parisian tailor falls in love with a young princess after pretending to be a baron in order to get a large bill from an older person.
The Road to Singapore
A woman's life falls to pieces when she's caught cheating on her husband.
Director Lloyd Bacon's 1931 drama takes a different look at the Broadway arena by focusing on the owners of a theatrical costume shop.
Once a Lady
A young Russian woman marries a wealthy Englishman, and has a daughter with him. After she has an affair with one of his friends, she is forced to leave Britain and moves to Paris. Many years later, h...
Two brothers, Jack and Tom, are in love with the same woman, Molly. While the two brothers go off to war and Molly does her part in the effort, Tom believes that Rose is waiting for him, while in fact...
In World War I London, Myra is an American out-of-work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted ...
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