~ZaSu Pitts~

Born: January 3, 1894 in Parsons, Kansas, USA
Died: June 7, 1963 in Hollywood, California, USA
~Biography~
According to her own account, actress ZaSu Pitts was given her curious cognomen because she was named for
two aunts, Eliza and Susan. Born in Kansas, Pitts moved with her family to California, where at age 19 she
began her film career. Her first starring role was as an ugly duckling who finds true love in 1919's Better Times.
Her calculated vagueness and fluttery hand gestures earned Pitts comedy roles from the outset, but director
Erich Von Stroheim saw dramatic potential in the young actress. He cast her as the grasping, money-mad wife in
his masterpiece Greed (1924), and she rose to the occasion with a searing performance. Except for a couple of
later collaborations with Von Stroheim, Pitts returned to predominately comic assignments after Greed. One
exception was her portrayal of Lew Ayres' ailing mother in the Oscar-winning All Quiet on The Western Front
(1930), a brilliant piece of work that unfortunately fell victim to the editors' scissors when a preview audience,
conditioned to Pitts' comedy roles, broke out in loud laughter when she came onscreen (she was replaced by
Beryl Mercer in the domestic version of All Quiet, though reportedly her scenes were retained for some
European versions). Established as a top character comedian by the '30s (her oft-imitated catchphrase was "Oh,
dear, oh my!"), Pitts co-starred with Thelma Todd in a series of Hal Roach two-reelers, was top-billed in such
feature programmers as Out All Night (1933) and The Plot Thickens (1935), and showed up in select character
roles in A-pictures. During the '40s and '50s, she toured in Ramshackle Inn, a play written especially for her by
George Batson. From 1956 through 1960, Pitts played Elvira "Nugey" Nugent on the popular Gale Storm TV
sitcom Oh, Susanna. ZaSu Pitts died in 1963, shortly after completing her final film appearance in It's a Mad,
Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and just a few days after her last TV guest assignment on Burke's Law.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) ... Gertie - Switchboard Operator
Burke's Law (TV Series) (1963)
- Who Killed Holly Howard? (1963) ... Mrs. Bowie
The Thrill of It All (1963) ... Olivia
Perry Mason (TV Series) (1962)
- The Case of the Absent Artist (1962) ... Daphne Whilom
Teenage Millionaire (1961) ... Aunt Theodora
Guestward Ho! (TV Series) (1961)
- Lonesome's Gal (1961) ... (as ZaSu Pitts)
The Jim Backus Show (TV Series) (1961)
- Dear Minnie (1961) ... Minnie Morgan
The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series) (1960)
- Dimples (1960) ... Loretta Kimball
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series) (1956-1960)
- Show Biz (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- It's Magic (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Made in Hong Kong (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- One Coin in the Fountain (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Captain Courageous (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Mother Steps Out (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- S.O.S. Dad (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Birthday for Gino (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Trip for Auntie (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- Love by Yiminy (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- No Tears for the Captain (1960) ... Elvira Nugent
- African Drums (1960) ... Elvira Nugent

- Susanna's True Confession (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Captain Daddy (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Spanish Souvenir (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Wedding at Sea (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Family Reunion (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Goodbye Doctor (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Swedish Steward (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Nugey, Come Home (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Happy Horoscope (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Calling Scotland Yard (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Come Back Little Beatnik (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Million Dollar Mutt (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Card Shark (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- One, Two, Ski! (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna, the Babysitter (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Who Stole That Melody? (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Clip That Coupon (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Alias Susanna Valentine (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Dutch Treat (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- An Old Chinese Custom (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Jailmates (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Battle of Bull Run (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- It's Murder My Dear (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Honeymoon Suite (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- On the Dot (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- One Captain Too Many (1959) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- How to Make Enemies (1959) ... Elvira Nugent
- Make Mine Music (1958) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Don't Give Up the Ship (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Robot from Inner Space (1958) ... Elvira (Nugey) Nugent
- Adventure in Alaska (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna the Matchmaker (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Case of the Music Box Thief (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- You Gotta Have Charm (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Love and Kisses (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Heaven Scent (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Secret Assignment (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Sweepstakes Ticket (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Painted in Paris (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Hayride Ahoy (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Truth Machine (1958) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Happy Birthday, Captain (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (1958) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Beat the Band (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Date with a Wolf (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Not So Innocents Abroad (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Bamboozled in Bombay (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Happily Unmarried (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna and the Pirates (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Our Dear Captain (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- How to Catch a Man (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Ghosts Aboard (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Beautiful Friendship (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Bye Bye Banshee (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Ride 'Em Cowgirl (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Taking Ways (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna Takes a Husband (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Royal Welcome (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Case of the Chinese Puzzle (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Lovey-Dovey (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Angela, the Angel (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Ouija Board (1958) ... Elvira Nugent
- Friday the Thirteenth (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna Goes Native (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Dutch Treatment (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Mardi Gras (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Kid from Korea (1957) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Aladdin's Lamp (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- For Money or Love (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Phantom Valise (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Lass in Alaska (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna's Baby (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Honolulu Honeymoon (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- It's Only Money (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna Strikes Oil (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Pirate Treasure (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna Plays Cupid (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Pat on the Back (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Hit in Tahiti (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- 'Alp, 'Alp (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Stop, Thief (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Sing, Susanna, Sing (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Wedding in Majorca (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Action in Acapulco (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Parisian Touch (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Singapore Fling (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Model Apartment (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Trouble in Trinidad (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Maid in Sweden (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Gypping the Gypsies (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna, the Chaperone (1957) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Indian Giver (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Volcano (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Blarney Stone (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Swiss Miss (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Checkmate (1957) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Super Snoop (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Goodbye Kiss (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Foreign Intrigue (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Desirable Alien (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- Girls! Girls! Girls! (1957) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Magician (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Capri (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- A Night in Monte Carlo (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Witch Doctor (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Hold That Tiger (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Susanna Strikes Back (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Immigrants (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Nicked in Naples (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Too Many Maharanis (1956) ... Elvira 'Nugey' Nugent
- Bonnie Lassie (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Passenger Incognito (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- The Chimpanzee (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
- Italian Movie Actress (1956) ... Elvira Nugent
This Could Be the Night (1957) ... Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
Private Secretary (TV Series) (1957)
- Not Quite Paradise (1957) ... Aunt Martha
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (1956)
- Public Pigeon (1956) ... Ma Raspin
The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (1956)
- Mr. Belvedere (1956) ... Miss Appleton (as Zazu Pitts)
Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1955)
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Selma
The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (1954)
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954) ... Miss Preen
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (1954)
- The Happy Touch (1954)
Francis Joins the WACS (1954) ... Lt. Valerie Humpert
General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1954)
- Pardon My Aunt (1954) ... Aunt Laura
Denver and Rio Grande (1952) ... Jane Dwyer
Francis (1950) ... Nurse Valerie Humpert

The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (1949)
- Ramshackle Inn (1949) ... Belinda Pryde
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series) (1948)
- The Flattering Word (1948)
Life with Father (1947) ... Cora Cartwright
The Perfect Marriage (1947) ... Rosa
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946) ... Elvira Spriggens
Dear Miss Gloria (Short) (1946) ... Guest star (uncredited)
Let's Face It (1943) ... Cornelia Figeson
Tish (1942) ... Aggie Pilkington (as ZaSu Pitts)
So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942) ... Aunt Emma Bates
The Bashful Bachelor (1942) ... Geraldine (as ZaSu Pitts)
Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) ... Miss Pepper
Uncle Joe (1941) ... Julia Jordan - the Widow
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) ... Miss Emily Pepper
Miss Polly (1941) ... Miss Pandora Polly
Weekend for Three (1941) ... Anna
Niagara Falls (1941) ... Emmy Sawyer
Broadway Limited (1941) ... Myra
No, No, Nanette (1940) ... Pauline Hastings
It All Came True (1940) ... Miss Flint

Eternally Yours (1939) ... Mrs. Cary Bingham
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939) ... Mme. Moulin
Mickey the Kid (1939) ... Lilly Handy
Naughty But Nice (1939) ... Aunt Penelope Hardwick
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939) ... Dulcey Lee
52nd Street (1937) ... Letitia Rondell
Forty Naughty Girls (1937) ... Hildegarde Withers
Merry Comes to Town (1937) ... Winnie Oatfield
Wanted! (1937) ... Winnie Oatfield
Sing Me a Love Song (1936) ... Gwen Logan
The Plot Thickens (1936) ... Hildegarde Withers
Mad Holiday (1936) ... Mrs. Kinney
13 Hours by Air (1936) ... Miss Harkins
The Affair of Susan (1935) ... Susan Todd
Hot Tip (1935) ... Belle McGill
She Gets Her Man (1935) ... Esmeralda
Going Highbrow (1935) ... Mrs. Upshaw
Spring Tonic (1935) ... Maggie Conklin
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) ... Prunella Judson (as ZaSu Pitts)
The Gay Bride (1934) ... Mirabelle
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934) ... Miss Hazy (as ZaSu Pitts)
Their Big Moment (1934) ... Tillie Whim
Dames (1934) ... Mathilda
Private Scandal (1934) ... Miss Coates (as ZaSu Pitts)
Love Birds (1934) ... Araminta Tootle
Sing and Like It (1934) ... Annie Snodgrass
Three on a Honeymoon (1934) ... Alice Mudge
Two Alone (1934) ... Esthey Roberts
The Meanest Gal in Town (1934) ... Tillie Prescott
Mr. Skitch (1933) ... Mrs. Maddie Skitch
Meet the Baron (1933) ... Zasu - Upstairs Maid
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933) ... Sybby 'Sib'
Love, Honor and Oh, Baby! (1933) ... Connie Clark
Her First Mate (1933) ... Mary Horner
Professional Sweetheart (1933) ... Elmerada de Leon
One Track Minds (Short) (1933)
Hello, Sister! (1933) ... Millie
Out All Night (1933) ... Bonny
The Bargain of the Century (Short) (1933) ... Zasu Pittts
Maids a la Mode (Short) (1933) ... Miss Pitts
Asleep in the Feet (Short) (1933) ... Zasu
They Just Had to Get Married (1932) ... Molly Hull
Sneak Easily (Short) (1932) ... Miss Zasu Pitts - Woman of the Jury
Madison Square Garden (1932) ... Florrie
The Soilers (Short) (1932) ... Zasu
Once in a Lifetime (1932) ... Miss Leighton
The Crooked Circle (1932) ... Nora Rafferty
Alum and Eve (Short) (1932) ... Zasu
Back Street (1932) ... Mrs. Dole
Blondie of the Follies (1932) ... Gertie
Show Business (Short) (1932) ... Zasu
The Vanishing Frontier (1932) ... Aunt Sylvia (as ZaSu Pitts)
Roar of the Dragon (1932) ... Gabby Woman
Make Me a Star (1932) ... Mrs. Scudder (as ZaSu Pitts)
Is My Face Red? (1932) ... Morning Gazette Telephone Operator
The Old Bull (Short) (1932) ... Zasu
Westward Passage (1932) ... Mrs. Truesdale
Strangers of the Evening (1932) ... Sybil Smith
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) ... Gladys Fairweather
Strictly Unreliable (Short) (1932) ... Pitts
Destry Rides Again (1932) ... Temperance Worker
Shopworn (1932) ... Dot
Red Noses (Short) (1932) ... Miss Pitts
Steady Company (1932) ... Dot
Sealskins (Short) (1932) ... Zasu Pitts
Broken Lullaby (1932) ... Anna, Holderlin's Maid
The Unexpected Father (1932) ... Polly Perkins
On the Loose (Short) (1931) ... Zasu Pitts
The Secret Witness (1931) ... Bella
War Mamas (Short) (1931) ... Zasu
The Guardsman (1931) ... Liesl
Penrod and Sam (1931) ... Mrs. Bassett
The Pajama Party (Short) (1931) ... Zasu
The Big Gamble (1931) ... Nora Dugan
Catch-As Catch-Can (Short) (1931) ... Zasu
Their Mad Moment (1931) ... Miss Dibbs
A Woman of Experience (1931) ... Katie
Let's Do Things (Short) (1931) ... Zasu Pitts
Seed (1931) ... Jennie
Beyond Victory (1931) ... 'Mlle' Fritzi Mobley (as ZaSu Pitts)
The Bad Sister (1931) ... Minnie
Finn and Hattie (1931) ... Mrs. Haddock
Passion Flower (1930) ... Mrs. Harney
Free Love (1930) ... Ada, the Maid
The Honeymoon (1930) ... Caecilia
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) ... Annie
River's End (1930) ... Louise
The Lottery Bride (1930) ... Hilda
War Nurse (1930) ... Cushie
Monte Carlo (1930) ... Bertha
The Squealer (1930) ... Bella
Little Accident (1930) ... Monica
The Devil's Holiday (1930) ... Ethel
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) ... Frau Bäumer - Silent Version Trailer only (scenes deleted)
Honey (1930) ... Mayme
No, No, Nanette (1930) ... Pauline Hastings

This Thing Called Love (1929) ... Clara Bertrand
The Locked Door (1929) ... Telephone Girl (as Zazu Pitts)
Paris (1929) ... Harriet
Oh, Yeah? (1929) ... The Elk
Her Private Life (1929) ... Timmins
The Argyle Case (1929) ... Mrs. Wyatt
Twin Beds (1929) ... Tillie
The Squall (1929) ... Lena
The Dummy (1929) ... Rose Gleason
Sunlight (Short) (1928) ... The Younger Sister
Sins of the Fathers (1928) ... Mother Spengler
The Wedding March (1928) .... Cecelia Schweisser
Buck Privates (1928) .... Hulda
Wife Savers (1928) .... Germaine
13 Washington Square (1928) .... Mathilde
Casey at the Bat (1927) .... Camille
Her Big Night (1926) .... Gladys Smith
Risky Business (1926) .... Agnes Wheaton
Sunny Side Up (1926) .... Evelyn
Early to Wed (1926) .... Mrs. Dugan
Monte Carlo (1926/I) .... Hope Durant
What Happened to Jones (1926) (as Zazu Pitts) .... Hilda
Mannequin (1926) .... Annie Pogani
The Great Love (1925) .... Nancy
Wages for Wives (1925) .... Luella Logan
Lazybones (1925) .... Ruth Fanning
Thunder Mountain (1925) .... Mandy Coulter
The Business of Love (1925)
A Woman's Faith (1925) .... Blanche Odile
... aka The Clash
Pretty Ladies (1925) .... Maggie Keenan
Old Shoes (1925)
The Re-Creation of Brian Kent (1925) .... Judy
The Great Divide (1925) .... Polly Jordan
Greed (1925) .... Trina
Secrets of the Night (1924) .... Celia Stebbins
The Fast Set (1924) .... Mona
Wine of Youth (1924) (scenes deleted) .... Lucy
Legend of Hollywood (1924) .... Mary Brown
Changing Husbands (1924) .... Delia
Triumph (1924) .... A Factory Girl
The Goldfish (1924) .... Amelia Pugsley
Daughters of Today (1924) .... Lorena
... aka What's Your Daughter Doing?
Sunlight of Paris (1924)
West of the Water Tower (1923) .... Dessie Arnhalt
Tea: With a Kick! (1923) .... 'Brainy' Jones
Three Wise Fools (1923) .... Mickey
The Girl Who Came Back (1923) .... Anastasia Muldoon
Poor Men's Wives (1923) .... Apple Annie
Hollywood (1923) ... Herself
A Daughter of Luxury (1922) .... Mary Cosgrove
Youth to Youth (1922) .... Emily
For the Defense (1922) .... Jennie Dunn
Is Matrimony a Failure? (1922) .... Mrs. Wilbur
Patsy (1921) .... Patsy
Heart of Twenty (1920) .... Katie Abbott
Bright Skies (1920) .... Sally
Seeing It Through (1920) .... Betty Lawrence

Poor Relations (1919) .... Daisy Perkins
The Other Half (1919) .... Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid
Better Times (1919) .... Nancy Scroggs
Men, Women, and Money (1919) .... Katie Jones
As the Sun Went Down (1919) .... Sal Sue
A Lady's Name (1918) .... Emily
The Greatest Thing in Life (1918) (scenes deleted)
The Talk of the Town (1918)
A Society Sensation (1918) .... Mary
The Pie Eyed Piper (1918) .... The Fair Ellen
How Could You, Jean? (1918) .... Oscar's Sweetheart
Good Night, Paul (1918) .... Undetermined Role
Who's Your Wife? (1918)
A Dog's Life (1918) (scenes deleted) .... Bit part
A Modern Musketeer (1917) (uncredited) .... A Kansas Belle
The Little Princess (1917) .... Becky
'49-'17 (1917) (uncredited) .... Party Guest
... aka 49-17
... aka Forty-Nine Seventeen
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
Why They Left Home (1917)
Behind the Map (1917)
O-My the Tent Mover (1917)
The Battling Bellboy (1917)
Canning the Cannibal King (1917)
He Had 'em Buffaloed (1917)
His Fatal Beauty (1917)
A Desert Dilemma (1917)
Tillie of the Nine Lives (1917)
Uneasy Money (1917)