Sara Haden

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Sara Haden
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Haden in 1940
Catherine Haden

(1898-11-17)November 17, 1898
Center Point, Texas or Galveston, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 1981(1981-09-15) (aged 82)
Years active1920–1964
Richard Abbott
(m. 1921;div. 1948)

Sara Haden (born Catherine Haden, November 17, 1898 [1] – September 15, 1981) was an American actress of the 1930s through the 1950s and in television into the mid-1960s. She may be best remembered for appearing as Aunt Milly Forrest in 14 of the 16 entries in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Andy Hardy film series.


Early life

Some sources say she was born in 1898 in Center Point, Texas, while others claim she was born in Galveston, Texas. [note 1] [2]


In A Family Affair Sara Haden in A Family Affair trailer.jpg
In A Family Affair

Haden first appeared on the stage in the early 1920s. As early as October 1920, she was appearing with Walter Hampden's acting troupe. [3] Her Broadway debut came in Trigger (1927). [4]

She made her film debut in 1934 (one year after her mother's retirement) in the Katharine Hepburn vehicle Spitfire . [5] Haden later became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player in the late 1930s and generally appeared in small roles in many of the studio's films, most notably in the Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney, cast as the spinsterish Aunt Milly Forrest. [6]

Haden made her last film, Andy Hardy Comes Home , in 1958, [7] but was active on television until a 1965 guest spot on Dr. Kildare . She was most notable for her stern, humorless characterisations such as a truant officer in Shirley Temple's Captain January (1936), but she also played the much-loved teacher Miss Pipps, who is unjustly fired in the Our Gang comedy Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941). Other films in which she appeared include Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), and The Bishop's Wife (1947). Her television appearances include episodes of Climax! , Bourbon Street Beat , and Bonanza . She had a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Florence Harvey in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Romantic Rogue".

Haden played Dora Darling in My Favorite Martian , season 2 episode 28, "Once Upon a Martian's Mother's Day" in 1965.

Personal life

Haden was married to film actor Richard Abbott (born Seamon Vandenberg) from 1921 until their divorce in 1948.[ citation needed ] She died on September 15, 1981, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, [5] at age 82. [7]

Selected filmography


  1. Axel Nissen's Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood gives her birthplace as Center Point, Texas.

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  5. 1 2 "Isle-born Sara Haden, 'crabby' actress, dies". The Galveston Daily News. Texas, Galveston. United Press International. September 22, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved January 16, 2017 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
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  7. 1 2 "Sara Haden, Actress Played Crabby Roles in Long Film Career". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 22, 1981. Archived from the original on July 8, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.