Madge Kennedy played a series of refined ladies in theatrical vehicles including "Poppy" on the Broadway stage in 1923 (in which she portrayed W. C. Fields' daughter and received billing over him) and the film thriller "Marathon Man" in 1976.
She started acting in 1910 and within two years was acclaimed as a star on Broadway in "Little Miss Brown." She followed that with "Twin Beds," "Fair and Warmer" and several others before being placed under a film contract by Samuel Goldwyn.
Her picture debut came in 1917 in "Baby Mine" opposite Frank Morgan, who 22 years later became "The Wizard of Oz." She also appeared several times on stage with John Bowers, whose suicide became the touchstone for "A Star Is Born." Her last silent picture was "Oh Baby" in 1926, and she then left films to care for her mother.
She did manage a few New York stage shows in the interim and returned to Hollywood in 1952 to play a judge in "The Marrying Kind." Over the next 25 years she was seen in "The Catered Affair," "The Rains of Ranchipur," "Lust for Life," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "The Day of the Locust," where her performance as the Old Tenant in a shabby rooming house was praised by critics.
Miss Kennedy was considered the last of the glamorous cadre of original Goldwyn leading ladies that included Geraldine Farrar, Mabel Normand, Mae Marsh and Pauline Frederick.