Remembered for her work on both stage and screen, this British actress appeared in The Autumn Garden (1951), Ivanov (1966), and close to twenty other Broadway productions; guest starred in episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Lights Out, and Kraft Theatre; and appeared in films such as Saratoga Trunk (1945) and The Homestretch (1947).
She performed in her first London stage production in 1899 and went on to make her Broadway debut in a 1904 production of Havoc.
She played the character Grace Poole in the 1934 and 1943 screen adaptations of Charlotte Bronte's famous novel Jane Eyre.
The child of stage performers Lillie Roberts and Samuel Rupert Woods, Griffies (born Ethel Woods) spent her youth in Sheffield, England. Following the death of her first husband, Walter Beaumont, she was married to English actor Edward Cooper for four decades (until his death in 1956).
Late in her career, she played Mrs. Bundy in the famous 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds.