After divorce from husband, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career (date approximate)
Spent two decades appearing in plays in NYC and touring in stock productions
Breakthrough stage role in "Beggar on Horseback"
Enjoyed warm notices for performance in stage play "Once in a Lifetime"
Acted in the short comedy film "Papa's Slay Ride"
Portrayed Marmee in the film version of "Little Women"
Made last Broadway appearances in "No Questions Asked", "Jig Saw" and "The First Apple"
Appeared in eight movies, including "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Ah, Wilderness!"
Co-starred in "Dodsworth" and "Theodora Goes Wild", among others
Introduced a signature role as the matriarch of a typical American family in "Every Saturday Night"; in original film family's surname was Evers, but it was changed to Jones for a series of 17 sequels produced between 1936 and 1940
Originated role of Mrs. Hardy in "A Family Affair"; role was played by Faye Holden in later installments of the series
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for portrayal of the flighty mother of an eccentric family in "You Can't Take It With You", directed by Frank Capra
Cast as Shirley Temple's mother in the Technicolor feature "The Blue Bird"
Appeared as Barbara Stanwyck's mom in "Meet John Doe"
Portrayed the nosy gossip columnist Mary Sunshine in "Roxie Hart", starring Ginger Rogers
Continued in a maternal vein playing Judy Garland's parent in "Meet Lily Mars"
Was the cruel mother of Dorothy Maguire in "The Enchanted Cottage"
Had one of her best career roles in "Louisa", as a widowed grandmother who is courted by two suitors
Made TV appearance in "Charming Billy", an episode of "Bigelow-Sanford Theater" on the Dumont network
Starred in the radio production "December Bride"
Reprised role in the TV series "December Bride" (CBS)
Final film, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
Had regular role on the CBS Western series "Laramie"
Before "retiring" in the late 1960s, made guest appearances on "Batman" (as the wealthy J. Pauline Spaghetti) and "I Dream of Jeanie"