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Old 07-05-2014, 10:24 PM   #1
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Mrs. Anderson had this proper British accent that made her stand out from the other TV housewives back then.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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Jane Wyatt was basically a New York/New Jersey lady although it is reported she had some British ancestry on her father's side. In quickly thinking about it, the closest accent-wise that I can think of in a sitcom would be Lee Patrick who played "Henrietta" (the wife) in the Topper series. She, too, was from the New York area.
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Margaret Anderson did not sound British to me. Her way of speaking did sound proper though.
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I liked the way she would pronounce girls, she did seem very proper.
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Jane Wyatt always enunciated everything crisply and clearly. She would have made a wonderful English teacher (but of course Eve Arden had that profession sewn up as "Our Miss Brooks").

Perhaps the best example of a British-sounding actress in a '50s sitcom was Hillary Brooke (of Astoria, Queens) as Roberta Townsend on "My Little Margie."
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I never could figure out her accent, but it is noticeable. It certainly isn't a New York or New Jersey accent. I thought perhaps Boston. I never considered British, although why would she have a British accent, being from NJ.
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Quote:
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Mrs. Anderson had this proper British accent that made her stand out from the other TV housewives back then.
You might need your hearing checked. Mrs. Anderson did not sound British at all.
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There's a thing called "The Mid-Atlantic Accent," which was a sort of upper class finishing school accent that was also taught to a lot of American stage actors. Wyatt would give one good example, and Katherine Hepburn. It could also work the other way: Liz Taylor was born in England of American parents. Cary Grant could turn it on and off:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_English
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A video about the accent:

https://www.thrillist.com/news/natio...a-weird-accent
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One of her ancestors, Rufus King, was a signatory to the United States Constitution, a U.S. Senator and ambassador, and the Federalist candidate in the 1816 United States presidential election. Wyatt was a descendant, on her father's side, of British Royal Navy Captain Christopher Billopp, as well as a distant cousin of Eleanor Roosevelt and the poet Harry Crosby, through their shared descent from Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.[2]
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When I first started watching this show I thought she had a British accent and it always confused me. I guess it's actually a mild accent I'm just not familiar with.
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She was originally from northern New Jersey, raised in Manhattan. Not pronouncing "r's" is typical of New York, but as other posters noted, it is definitely refined. It definitely is not Springfield, somewhere-in-the-midwest.
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