Happy birthday to one of the hardest working women in frock flicks today! Elizabeth McGovern has been in a ton of our favorite historical costume movies and TV shows and is still going. Heck, she’s rockin’ with her own band, Sadie and the Hotheads, which she started in 2008. While onscreen, McGovern is not usually the big star, she’s the crucial supporting actress — the best friend, the advisor, the aunt, the mother. She seems to fit effortlessly into historical settings, especially around the early 20th century. Happy birthday, lady!
Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (1981)
Caddie Winger in Racing With the Moon (1984)
Deborah in Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Susie “Sue” Stringham in The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Lady Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)
Mrs. Carry Fisher in The House of Mirth (2000)
Ellen Doubleday in Daphne (2007)
Mrs. Honeychurch in A Room with a View (2007)
Dame Celia Westholme in “Appointment with Death,” Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2008)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey (2010-2015)
Mrs. Thatcham in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)
Norma in The Chaperone (post-production)
Elizabeth McGovern plays a Kansas woman who chaperones a 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks (played by Haley Lu Richardson) on her way to New York for the summer. So back to the 1920s!
What’s your favorite of Elizabeth McGovern’s historical costume movie and TV roles?