Hope Emerson (October 29, 1897 April 24 or 25, 1960) was an American actress. Emerson was born in Hawarden, Iowa. Following her graduation from West High School in Des Moines, in 1916, she moved to New York City, where she performed in vaudeville. Emerson made her Broadway dbut in Lysistrata in 1930 when New York theatrical producer Norman Bel Geddes cast Emerson for the role of the amazonian Lamputo. Emerson made her film dbut in Smiling Faces (1932) but then returned to to the theater. In the 1940s, Emerson became well known as the voice of Elsie the Cow in Borden Milk commercials on radio. Standing 6 ft.-2 in. (1.88m), Emerson's most memorable roles were as a circus strongwoman in the film Adam's Rib (1949), lifting actor Spencer Tracy up in the air; a larcenous conspirator in the noirish Cry of the City (1948); and a mail-order bride in Westward the Women (1952).
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