Maria Ouspenskaya (29 July 1876 – 3 December 1949) was a Russian-American actress and acting teacher who appeared in over 50 films throughout her career, primarily in the 1930s and 1940s. She is perhaps best known for her roles in classic Hollywood productions such as Dodsworth, Waterloo Bridge, and Love Affair. She often played supporting roles as the wise and nurturing older woman. In addition to her film work, she was a respected acting teacher and established the Maria Ouspenskaya School of Acting in New York City. She was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress.