American actress Ann Shoemaker was 19 years old when she made her Broadway bow in Nobody's Widow. Shoemaker's subsequent stage credits ranged from the Eugene O'Neill efforts The Great God Brown and Ah, Wilderness! to the mid-'60s musical comedy Half a Sixpence. In films from 1931, she was ideally cast in dowager roles, notably Sara Roosevelt, FDR's mother, in Sunrise at Campobello (1960). She made her last appearance as a cynical nun in Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966). Ann Shoemaker was the widow of British actor Henry Stephenson.