Margaret Dumont, the wealthy, stuffy, dowager who was often the butt of Groucho Marx's jokes, was born Daisy Juliette Baker on October 20, 1882 in Brooklyn. She was raised in the south, however, by her godfather Joel Chandler Harris, the creator of Uncle Remus. She made her stage…more
Margaret's last public appearance was on The Hollywood Palace in 1964, where she reprised scenes from the Broadway play and movie versions of Animal Crackers with Groucho Marx.
Margaret was raised mainly by her godfather, author Joel Chandler Harris, the man who created Uncle Remus.
Margaret was frequently the foil for Groucho Marx. Groucho claimed the secret to their chemistry was that "she never understood the jokes."
Margaret made her film debut in 1917 with A Tale of Two Cities.
Margaret won The Screen Actors Guild award in 1937 for her work with the Marx Brothers in A Day at the Races.
Margaret gave Groucho Marx his nickname of "Julie", which was short for Julius, his real name.
Margaret was bald in reality, and was forced to wear a wig both on and off camera for many years.
Margaret appeared in 51 films between 1917 and 1964. She also appeared on numerous TV shows in the late 1950s.
After working with Margaret in the 1939 film, The Women, director George Cukor claimed that "Her elegance was so perfectly bogus."
Margaret was married to wealthy industrialist John Moller Jr. from 1910 until his death in 1918.
Groucho Marx once said that Margaret was "practically the fifth Marx Brother."
In all the Marx Brothers movies she was in, she played a woman always being teased because of her weight and such. She appeared in seven films with the Marxes: The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, At the Circus, and The Big Store.
Margaret: It isn't the gown or its fine material that makes a woman stylish or otherwise nowadays, but her carriage and the amount of clothing she has on beneath the gown.
Margaret: I'm a straight lady, the best in Hollywood. There is an art to playing the straight role. You must build up your man but never top him, never steal the laughs.
Margaret: Making pictures with the Marx Brothers is really the strenuous life.It was fun while it lasted. I wouldn't take $1,000,000 for the experience and I wouldn't give a cent to do it again.