Paula Trueman (born April 25, 1897, 1900, or 1907, died March 23, 1994) was an American film, television, and theater actress.
Life and career
The daughter of Joseph and Eva Cohn Trueman, she was born and raised in New York City, and educated at Hunter College, before gaining admission to the Neighborhood Playhouse to study dancing.
Her stage career began with The Grand Street Follies revues in 1924, and at the end of that year she made her dramatic debut in The Little Clay Tart. She was also in the 1930 revue Sweet and Low opposite Fannie Brice, George Jessel, and James Barton, and appeared in Kiss and Tell, For Love or Money and Wake Up, Darling in the 1940s and 1950s.
Her film debut in 1934's Crime Without Passion starring Claude Raines did not lead to a significant Hollywood career at the time, but she enjoyed an Indian summer after playing Mrs. Fenty inPaint Your Wagon opposite Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood in 1969. The latter also cast her in a brief but scene-stealing role as Grandma Sarah in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and for the next decade she could be seen in a number of significant films of the era, including Annie Hall and Zelig by Woody Allen, Dirty Dancing, and an uncredited role in Moonstruck, her final feature film. In 1978, she played Maggie Flannigan in All My Children and was involved in a story line with Estelle LaTour (Kathleen Dezina) and Billy Clyde Tuggle (Matthew Cowles).
Trueman died of natural causes in New York Hospital in 1994, leaving behind a stepson, Michael Sterner, by her husband Harold, an architect who married married her in 1936. She was cremated.