Tempe Pigott
Tempe Pigott in Becky Sharp.jpg
Pigott as the charwoman in Becky Sharp (1935)
Florence Edith Tempe

(1869-02-02)2 February 1869[1]
London, England
Died6 October 1962(1962-10-06) (aged 93)
Other namesFlorence Edith Tempe Pigott
Years active1921–1951 (films only)

Tempe Pigott (2 February 1869 or 1884 – 6 October 1962) was an English silent and sound screen character actress. She was a stage actress in England and Australia, Canada and the United States for a number of years before entering motion pictures.

In 1907, she was a member of the Lillian Meyers Dramatic Company which toured Australia; for some years thereafter, she remained in Australia and made a name for herself in the theatre in plays such as Nobody's Daughter (1911),[2] Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance (1912),[3] and Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's His House in Order (1914).[4] She is given one credit for her role as Mrs. Hubbard in Douglas Murray's Broadway stage play, Perkins, which starred Ruth Chatterton, and ran for 23 performances at Henry Miller's Theatre in the fall of 1918. Her silent and sound film appearances were numerous. She is remembered mainly for playing the mother of John McTeague (Gibson Gowland) in Erich von Stroheim's Greed (1924) and the landlady Mrs. Hawkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

She was born in London, England and died at Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, USA.[5]

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ "Palace Theatre". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 September 1911. p. 2. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Palace Theatre". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 January 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Little – 'His House in Order'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 October 1914. p. 16. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Mrs. Tempe Pigott". Los Angeles Times. 14 October 1962. p. 42. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.