Jesslyn Fax

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Jesslyn Fax
Jesslyn Fax in "Suspicion" (1941).jpg
Jesslyn Fax in the episode titled "Four O'Clock" (1941)
Born(1893-01-04)January 4, 1893
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 16, 1975(1975-02-16) (aged 82)
Occupation Actress

Jesslyn Fax (January 4, 1893 – February 16, 1975) [1] was a Canadian-American actress. She is known for playing 'Miss Hearing Aid' in Rear Window (1954), [2] [3] Avis Grubb in The Music Man (1962), Miss Hemphill in The Man Who Died Twice (1958), [4] and Airline passenger in The Family Jewels (1965). [5]


Early years

Fax was born in Toronto, the daughter of Jimmy Fax, a noted Canadian actor and comedian. She began working with her father as a singer, pianist, and monologist when she was 16, then left her father's troupe after five seasons to work in vaudeville and traveling stock companies. She moved to Hollywood in 1949. [1]


Fax in North by Northwest Jesslyn Fax in "North by Northwest" (1959).jpg
Fax in North by Northwest

A short, cherubic-like character actress, Fax mainly appeared in cheerful small supporting roles as 'little old ladies'. Occasional comic foil to Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, in a guest appearance on I Love Lucy and others. She also made appearances in numerous other popular 1950s-1960s TV shows such as Peter Gunn , Our Miss Brooks , The Jack Benny Program , Alfred Hitchcock Presents , Perry Mason , The Joey Bishop Show , The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. , and The Wild Wild West . Her film appearances include roles in the Don Knotts films The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and The Love God? (1969), the Alfred Hitchcock murder/suspense film North By Northwest (1959), which starred Cary Grant, [6] The Music Man (1962), The Family Jewels (1965) with Jerry Lewis and the Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket (1969).



TV series

Radio series

  • Our Miss Brooks : "Mr. Conklin's Wax Effigies" (1954) as "Mrs. Davis's" sister "Angela"(?)
  • Our Miss Brooks: "Outpost Road" (1955) as unknown

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