Birth Date: October 29, 1897
Birth Place: Hawarden, Iowa, USA
Date of Death: April 25, 1960 / Age: 62
Location of Death: Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of Death: liver ailment
Biography: Hope Emerson (October 29, 1897 - April 25, 1960) was an American actress.
She 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. She made her Broadway debut in Lysistrata in 1930. She made her film debut in Smiling Faces (1932) but then returned to theater work.
In the 1940s, Emerson was well known as the voice of Elsie the Cow in Borden Milk commercials on radio.
Towering 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and weighing 240 pounds (109 kg), Emerson was a formidable force in both film and theater. She returned to Hollywood in 1946 and appeared in character parts. Among her most memorable roles was as a circus strongwoman testifying in court in Adam's Rib (1949) and a mail-order bride in Westward the Women (1952). Her most famous role, as sadistic prison matron Evelyn Harper, in Caged (1950) garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She also did television work and had a regular role in Peter Gunn (1958) and The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959).
Emerson died of liver disease in 1960 in Hollywood, California. She was interred in Grace Hill Cemetery in her hometown.