Pitts in trailer for the film Tish (1942)
|Born||January 3, 1894(1894-01-03)|
|Died||June 7, 1963(1963-06-07) (aged 69)|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
John E. Woodall
(m.1933-1963; her death)
- Thomas Sarsfield Gallery (July 23, 1920 – May 2, 1933; divorced); two children: ZaSu Ann Gallery (natural) and Donald Michael "Sonny" Gallery (born as Marvin Carville La Marr), whom they adopted and renamed after the 1926 drug-related death of his mother and Pitts' friend, silent film actress Barbara La Marr.
- John Edward "Eddie" Woodall (October 8, 1933 – June 7, 1963; her death).
- ZaSu Pitts was an excellent cook and collector of candy recipes, which culminated in a cookbook, Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts, published posthumously in 1963.
- Mae Questel caricatured Pitts's voice and "oh, dear" mannerisms for the character Olive Oyl for the Fleischer Studios animated cartoon version of Popeye the Sailor.
- ZaSu Pitts has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In 1994, she was honored with her image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
- In Parsons, Kansas, there is a star tile at the entrance to the Parsons Theatre to commemorate her.
- During the 1980s, a large R&B/Soul band based in San Francisco performed under the name "The ZaSu Pitts Memorial Orchestra"
- She was referenced by the comedic trio Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker in the 1982 police spoof comedy series Police Squad! episode "A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)" (first aired on March 4, 1982). In that episode, lead character Frank Drebin exposes a suspect's secret identity by reciting that she was formerly "a brunette hitman known as Zasu Pitts".
- A street in Las Vegas, Nevada is named after her.
- Pitts is mentioned in the play and movie version of The Man Who Came to Dinner. The main character, Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley), orders his nurse to "Stop acting like ZaSu Pitts and explain yourself!"
- In a made-for-TV version of The Man Who Came to Dinner, in which Orson Welles played Whiteside, Pitts was cast as the nurse, Miss Preen, so the remark about "stop acting like ZaSu Pitts" was actually made directly to Pitts herself.
Partial filmographyBelow is a highly incomplete list. Full listings of all films (silent and sound), radio, stage, Broadway, television and vaudeville are indexed in the only authorized, complete biography by Gayle D. Haffner, HANDS With A HEART: The Personal Biography of Actress ZaSu Pitts (Outskirts Press, Inc., 2011)
|1917||Little Princess, TheThe Little Princess||Becky|
|1918||How Could You Jean?||Oscar's Sweetheart|
|1918||Talk of the Town, TheThe Talk of the Town|
|1919||Better Times||Nancy Scroggs|
|1919||Other Half, TheThe Other Half||Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid|
|1919||Poor Relations||Daisy Perkins|
|1920||Seeing It Through||Betty Lawrence|
|1922||Youth to Youth||Emily|
|1923||Souls for Sale||Herself||Cameo role|
|1923||Three Wise Fools||Mickey|
|1924||Daughters of Today||Lorena|
|1924||Triumph||A Factory Girl|
|1925||Great Divide, TheThe Great Divide||Polly Jordan|
|1925||Pretty Ladies||Maggie Keenan|
|1925||Great Love, TheThe Great Love||Nancy|
|1926||Monte Carlo||Hope Durant|
|1926||Sunny Side Up||Evelyn|
|1927||Casey at the Bat||Camille||With Wallace Beery and Ford Sterling|
|1928||Wedding March, TheThe Wedding March||Cecelia Schweisser|
|1929||Locked Door, TheThe Locked Door||Telephone Girl|
|1929||This Thing Called Love||Clara Bertrand|
|1930||No, No, Nanette||Pauline Hastings|
|1930||Devil's Holiday, TheThe Devil's Holiday||Ethel|
|1931||Bad Sister, TheThe Bad Sister||Minnie|
|1931||Penrod and Sam||Mrs. Bassett||Alternative title: The Adventures of Penrod and Sam|
|1931||Guardsman, TheThe Guardsman||Liesl, the Maid|
|1931||On the Loose||Zasu||Short subject|
|1932||Broken Lullaby||Anna, Holderlin's Maid|
|1932||Destry Rides Again||Temperance Worker||Alternative title: Justice Rides Again|
With Tom Mix
|1932||Westward Passage||Mrs. Truesdale|
|1932||Back Street||Mrs. Dole|
|1932||Blondie of the Follies||Gertie|
|1932||Crooked Circle, TheThe Crooked Circle||Nora Rafferty|
|1933||They Just Had to Get Married||Molly Hull|
|1933||Meet the Baron||Zasu|
|1933||Mr. Skitch||Maddie Skitch|
|1934||Dames||Matilda Ounce Hemingway|
|1934||Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch||Miss Hazy|
|1934||Gay Bride, TheThe Gay Bride||Mirabelle|
|1935||Ruggles of Red Gap||Prunella Judson||With Charles Laughton and Charles Ruggles|
|1936||Thirteen Hours by Air||Miss Harkins|
|1936||The Plot Thickens||Hildegarde Withers|
|1937||Forty Naughty Girls||Hildegarde Withers|
|1939||Lady's from Kentucky, TheThe Lady's from Kentucky||Dulcey Lee||With George Raft and Ellen Drew|
|1939||Eternally Yours||Mrs. Bingham|
|1940||It All Came True||Miss Flint|
|1940||No, No Nanette||Pauline Hastings|
|1941||Niagara Falls||Emmy Sawyer|
|1942||Bashful Bachelor, TheThe Bashful Bachelor||Geraldine|
|1942||So's Your Aunt Emma||Aunt Emma||Alternative title: Meet the Mob|
|1943||Let's Face It!||Cornelia Figeson|
|1946||Breakfast in Hollywood||Elvira Spriggens|
|1947||Life with Father||Cousin Cora Cartwright||With William Powell and Irene Dunne|
|1950||Francis||Nurse Valerie Humpert||With Donald O'Connor and Patricia Medina|
|1952||Denver and Rio Grande||Jane Dwyer||With Edmond O'Brien and Sterling Holloway|
|1954||Francis Joins the WACS||Lt. Valerie Humpert||With Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, and Mamie Van Doren|
|1957||This Could Be the Night||Mrs. Katie Shea||With Jean Simmons and Tony Franciosa|
|1961||Teenage Millionaire, TheThe Teenage Millionaire||Aunt Theodora|
|1963||Thrill of It All, TheThe Thrill of It All||Olivia||With Doris Day and James Garner|
|1963||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World||Gertie–Switchboard Operator||With Spencer Tracy|
|1954||Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of Broadway||Miss Preen||Episode: "The Man Who Came to Dinner"|
|1955||Screen Directors Playhouse||Selma||Episode: "The Silent Partner"|
|1956||20th Century Fox Hour, TheThe 20th Century Fox Hour||Miss Appleton||Episode: "Mr. Belvedere"|
|Gale Storm Show, TheThe Gale Storm Show||Elvira Nugent||91 episodes|
|1957||Private Secretary||Aunt Martha||Episode: "Not Quite Paradise"|
|1960||Dennis O'Keefe Show, TheThe Dennis O'Keefe Show||Loretta Kimball||Episode: "Dimples"|
|1961||Guestward, Ho!||Episode: "Lonesome's Gal"|
|1961||Perry Mason||Daphne Whilom||Episode: "The Case of the Absent Artist"|
|1963||Burke's Law||Mrs. Bowie||Episode: "Who Killed Holly Howard?"|
- ^ Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts; Duell, Sloan and Pearce; 1963; p. 15
- ^ Concerning Pitts' year of birth, about which the actress often dissembled, some sources cite 1894 (IMDB: Zasu Pitts, Find-a-Grave, Golden Silents, Who2, and InfoPlease), while other sources cite 1898 (Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, 12th edition, HarperCollins, 1997, ISBN 0-00-255798-3 and TCM:Biography) or even 1900 (Allmovie:Overview and New York Times obituary (June 8, 1963))
- ^ "Rulandus Pitts biography on 76th NY Regiment site". Bpmlegal.com. http://www.bpmlegal.com/76NY/76pittsr.html. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
- ^ a b Barbara Giffen. "ZaSu Pitts: Actress 1898–1963". Santa Cruz Public Library. http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/articles/241. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: ZaSu Pitts|
- HANDS WITH A HEART: The Personal Biography of Actress ZaSu Pitts (authorized biography); publisher's page
- ZaSu Pitts at the Internet Movie Database
- ZaSu Pitts at AllRovi
- ZaSu Pitts at the Internet Broadway Database
- Photographs and literature
|Date of birth||January 3, 1894|
|Place of birth||Parsons, Kansas, U.S.|
|Date of death||June 7, 1963|
|Place of death||Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
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