8 user

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles 

0:30 | Trailer
Family image matters more than anything to the Grenvilles, even when the son is shot dead by his former chorus girl wife, whom his mother despises.




Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Who Will Love My Children? (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a true story of Iowa farm wife Lucile Fray. Ann-Margret plays a dying mother of ten whose last wish is to find loving families for her children.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Ann-Margret, Frederic Forrest, Cathryn Damon
Parrish (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Troy Donahue, Karl Malden
Texas Lady (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A strong-headed woman from the East inherits a newspaper in a small Texas town where the local cattle barons, who control the region, want her out of their hair.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Barry Sullivan, Ray Collins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ben Lyon, George Sidney
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson
Certificate: Passed Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The work of a progressive female psychiatrist and her colleague at a mental hospital is threatened by the arrival of a conservative new supervisor, who disapproves of both her methods and the fact that she is a woman in a "man's field."

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Joan Bennett
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone.

Directors: John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Cleopatra (1934)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Blithe Spirit (TV Movie 1956)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Television adaptation of Noel Coward's famous play about an unhappily married man plagued by the spirit of his dead previous wife.

Directors: Noël Coward, Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Noël Coward
Thriller | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

True crime story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide who hired teenaged students to murder her estranged husband.

Stars: Ann-Margret, Peter Coyote, Leslie Hope
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake


Complete series cast summary:
Ann-Margret ...  Ann Arden Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Claudette Colbert ...  Alice Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Stephen Collins ...  Billy Grenville Jr. 2 episodes, 1987
John Rubinstein ...  Bratsie Bleeker 2 episodes, 1987
Elizabeth Ashley ...  Babette Van Degan 2 episodes, 1987
Penny Fuller ...  Cordelia Grenville Hardington 2 episodes, 1987
Kate Harper ...  Felicity Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ...  Grace Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Eyre ...  Basil Plante 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Sam Rosenthal 2 episodes, 1987
Sam Wanamaker ...  District Attorney 2 episodes, 1987
Toria Fuller ...  Esme Bland 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Sherman Robert Sherman ...  Billy Bob Veblen 2 episodes, 1987
Siân Phillips ...  Duchess of Windsor 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Feinstein ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1987
Manning Redwood ...  Detective Loomis 2 episodes, 1987
Margaret Courtenay ...  Mme. Sophia 2 episodes, 1987
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ...  Tuchy Bainbridge 2 episodes, 1987
Genevieve Allenbury ...  Antonella 2 episodes, 1987
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ...  Cab Driver #1 2 episodes, 1987
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ...  Cab Driver #2 2 episodes, 1987
Bruce Boa ...  Hunnicutt 2 episodes, 1987
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ...  Cahill 2 episodes, 1987
Shane Rimmer ...  Doorman 2 episodes, 1987
Alexander Davion ...  Arturo 2 episodes, 1987
Lewis Fiander ...  Lord Kingswood 2 episodes, 1987
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ...  Bartender at El Marocco 2 episodes, 1987
Louisa Flaningam Louisa Flaningam ...  Chorus Girl #1 2 episodes, 1987
Pamela Sousa Pamela Sousa ...  Chorus Girl #2 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Shannon ...  Jack Fisher 2 episodes, 1987
Faith Brook ...  Edith Brompton 2 episodes, 1987
Christopher Fairbank ...  Horst Berger 2 episodes, 1987
Ed Bishop ...  Strasser 2 episodes, 1987
Donald Pickering ...  Lord Frankham 2 episodes, 1987
Don Fellows ...  Ralph Wiggins 2 episodes, 1987
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ...  Emma Adams 2 episodes, 1987
Arthur Whitelaw Arthur Whitelaw ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1987
Nancy Nevinson ...  Molly 2 episodes, 1987
Jonathan Haley Jonathan Haley ...  Christopher 2 episodes, 1987
Blain Fairman Blain Fairman ...  Dr. Sidney Skinner 2 episodes, 1987
Helen Horton ...  Nurse at Playhouse 2 episodes, 1987
Benjamin Feitelson ...  Paolo 2 episodes, 1987
Christopher Muncke ...  Chauffeur 2 episodes, 1987
John Carlin John Carlin ...  Forbes 2 episodes, 1987


Ann, a former chorus girl marries above herself into a rich society family, but her mother-in-law regards her with great suspicion from the start. When Ann shoots her husband dead, claiming she thought he was a prowler, the older Mrs. Grenville decides to back the woman she despises, to protect the family image. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

8 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Telepictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The novel, and the mini-series were based on the real-life marriage and murder of New York socialite William Woodward, Jr. and Radio actress and showgirl Ann Eden. See more »


When Ann gets out of the cab in front of the Grenville house for the first time, she is a wearing mink coat. She takes out her compact to look at her face. When the shot switches to inside the house, the butler opens the door and Ann is standing there, with the compact in her hand, but the coat is now draped over her shoulders. See more »


Ann Arden Grenville: Why do they call you Bratsie?
Bratsie Bleeker: Because I'm a spoiled brat, why else? Why are you called Ann?
Ann Arden Grenville: I wasn't. Well, I guess I better tell you, I was born Ursula Mertens. and it didn't fit on the billboard, and my agent changed it. You know, I'll bet it didn't matter to you what you were called.
Bratsie Bleeker: Still doesn't.
See more »


Referenced in Dallas: The Two Mrs. Ewings (1989) See more »


Speak Low
Music by Kurt Weill
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

good, trashy story, and old-time Hollywood to boot
23 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a highly entertaining movie from the '80s when they still made them with opulence! "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" was originally a novel written by Dominick Dunne. The plot is based on the real-life story of the shooting of William Woodward, a New York socialite. The question asked for years afterwards was, did his wife shoot him by accident thinking he was a burglar as she claimed? Or did she deliberately kill him? The film explores this and the lives of the wealthy along the way.

In the movie, Ann-Margret portrays the chorus girl wife who marries way, way above her station. The other Mrs. Grenville is her mother-in-law, played to perfection by the still glamorous Claudette Colbert. People who knew Woodward's real-life mother, Elsie, state that Colbert was dead-on in the role. In the book, film, and real life, the elder Mrs. Grenville supports her daughter-in-law throughout but not because she believes her or can even tolerate her. She does it to protect the family from scandal.

The movie spans fifty years and will hold your interest throughout.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed