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Nydia Westman

This adorable character actress, born February 19,1902, in New York City, tended to play older than she really was on stage, screen and TV. Petite and quite pretty in her youth, Nydia Westman was born in 1902 to vaudevillian parents, actor-composer Theodore Westman and actress-playwright Lily Wren, and was thrust into the limelight at an early age as part of the family act ("Troubles of Joy"). Her younger brother, Theodore Westman Jr., was also an actor/writer who died tragically at a very young age in 1927. In her teens, Nydia grew in experience on the Orpheum, Ziegfeld and Keith circuits, and later made her Broadway debut with the comedy "Pigs" in 1924. A mainstay throughout the late 1920s, other prominent NY theater roles include "Two Girled Wanted" (1926), "Jonesy" (1929) and "Lysistrata" (1930). With the advent of sound, films soon became a viable medium for her as well. She began her movie career in 1932 featured in two dramas, Strange Justice (1932) and Manhattan Tower (1932) and, while she appeared in plenty more heavier material, including Success at Any Price (1934), Craig's Wife (1936) and The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), it was comedy that became her forte, lending cute and flighty foil support in Ladies Should Listen (1934) with Cary Grant, The Cat and the Canary (1939) with Bob Hope, The Remarkable Andrew (1942) with William Holden, and The Late George Apley (1947) with Ronald Colman, among others. Elsewhere, she gave her usual sparkle in the glossy musicals Sweet Adeline (1934), in which she joined Irene Dunne and others in the title song, Pennies from Heaven (1936), Hullabaloo (1940), The Chocolate Soldier (1941) and Hers to Hold (1943), playing assorted friends, maids, gossips and society types. In the post WWII years, Nydia veered away from filming and concentrated instead on stage and TV work. On Broadway, she appeared in "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (1948), "The Emperor's New Clothes" (1953) and "The Sleeping Prince" (1956), and went on to win an Obie Award for her off-Broadway eccentrics in Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" (1958). On TV, the small, round matron was featured in a number of showcase-type dramas and comedies and was a fluttery, twinkle-eyed delight on such programs as "The Donna Reed Show" (1958), "Perry Mason" (1957), "The Addams Family" (1964), "The Munsters" (1964), "F Troop" (1965), "Family Affair" (1966) and "Bewitched" (1964). She also appeared with relative frequency on the revamped "Dragnet 1967" (1967) series in the 1960s. Nydia died of cancer May 23, 1970, in Burbank, California, and was survived by her daughter.


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Born:
Feb 19, 1902
Movie/TV Credits:
52
First Appeared:
In the movie Strange Justice 1932-10-07
Latest Project:
Series Lancer 1968-09-24
Known For
Poster of Mary Kay and Johnny
Poster of Craig's Wife
Poster of Three Live Ghosts
Poster of Ladies Should Listen
Filmography

Lancer (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Science Fiction Comedy Family
Movie
as Aunt Zana
6.1 15 votes

The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (1966)

Comedy Family Mystery Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Cobb
6.7 25 votes

That Girl (1966)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.6 5 votes

The Chase (1966)

Thriller Drama Crime
Movie
as Mrs. Henderson
6.5 34 votes

The Swinger (1966)

Comedy
Movie
as Aunt Cora
6 1 votes

Family Affair (1966)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 6 votes

F Troop (1965)

Western Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 7 votes

Bewitched (1964)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 45 votes

The Munsters (1964)

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.1 35 votes

The Addams Family (1964)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 44 votes

For Love or Money (1963)

Movie
as Milo's Wife

The Farmer's Daughter (1963)

Series
as Unknown
5 1 votes

Don't Knock the Twist (1962)

Music
Movie
as Amy
10 1 votes

Going My Way (1962)

Drama Comedy
Series

Ben Casey (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 3 votes

Route 66 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 5 votes

The Roaring 20's (1960)

Series
as Unknown

The Donna Reed Show (1958)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.7 3 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

Search for Tomorrow (1951)

Drama Soap
Series

Robert Montgomery Presents (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Velvet Touch (1948)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Susan Crane
5.6 9 votes

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Mary Kay and Johnny (1947)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Bad Man (1941)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Angela Hardy

Hullabaloo (1940)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Lulu Perkins

The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Comedy Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Cicily
6.9 12 votes

When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Lulu
6.5 1 votes

The First Hundred Years (1938)

Movie
as Midge

Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)

Adventure Crime Mystery Romance Thriller
Movie
as Gwen Longworth
5.9 4 votes

When Love Is Young (1937)

Comedy
Movie
as 'Dotty' Leonard

Three Live Ghosts (1936)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Peggy 'Peg' Woofers

The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Drama History
Movie
as Maybelle
2.5 2 votes

Craig's Wife (1936)

Drama
Movie
as Mazie
7 1 votes

Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Comedy Drama Music
Movie
as Slavey - Hotel Maid

Captain Hurricane (1935)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Gertie

A Feather in Her Hat (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Emily Judson
8 1 votes

Success At Any Price (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Dinah

Sweet Adeline (1934)

Romance Music
Movie
as Nellie

Manhattan Love Song (1934)

Comedy Romance Drama
Movie
as Annette

Two Alone (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Corie

Ladies Should Listen (1934)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Susie Flamberg
4.3 3 votes

One Night of Love (1934)

Music Romance
Movie
as Muriel
2.5 2 votes

King of the Jungle (1933)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Sue
3 1 votes

From Hell to Heaven (1933)

Drama
Movie
as Sue Wells
7.5 1 votes

Bondage (1933)

Drama
Movie
as Irma

Little Women (1933)

Drama Family Romance
Movie
as Mamie
5.8 26 votes

Strange Justice (1932)

Drama
Movie
as Gwen

Manhattan Tower (1932)

Drama
Movie
as Miss Wood