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Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions (1934). For the next two years, Ann would appear in a number of "B" pictures until she was dropped by Columbia in 1936. She then went to RKO, where the quality of her films did not improve. She appeared in a series of "B' pictures movies with Gene Raymond, but her career was going nowhere. In 1938 she left RKO and played the tart in Trade Winds (1938), which got her a contract at MGM. She was given the lead in a "B" comedy about a brassy, energetic showgirl not salesgirl--originally intended for Jean Harlow--that wound up becoming a huge hit and spawned a series of sequels that ran until 1947: Maisie (1939). Ann also appeared in such well received features as Brother Orchid (1940), Cry 'Havoc' (1943) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). After 1950 the roles dried up and Ann turned to television and another hit series, playing the meddlesome Susie in the 1953 series Private Secretary (1953). The series was canceled in 1957 and Ann came back in The Ann Sothern Show (1958), which ran from 1958 to 1961. In 1965, she would be the voice of the 1928 Porter in the camp classic My Mother the Car (1965). While the 1970s and 1980s were relatively quiet for Ann, she would be nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the neighbor of Lillian Gish and Bette Davis in The Whales of August (1987).

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Jan 22, 1909 In Valley City, North Dakota USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Broadway Nights 1927-05-15
Latest Project:
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Known For
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Whales of August Tisha Doughty 1987-10-14
Movie A Letter to Three Wives Ma Finney 1985-12-16
Movie The Little Dragons Angel 1980-07-18
Movie The Manitou Mrs. Karmann 1978-04-28
Series Captains and the Kings Mrs. Finch 1976-09-30
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Crazy Mama Sheba 1975-06-01
Movie Golden Needles Fenzie 1974-07-17
Movie The Killing Kind Thelma Lambert 1973-01-01
Movie The Weekend Nun Mother Bonaventure 1972-12-21
Series The Chicago Teddy Bears 1971-09-17
Movie Congratulations, It's a Boy! Ethel Gaines 1971-09-22
Movie A Death of Innocence Annie La Cossit 1971-11-26
Movie Chubasco Angela 1967-06-30
Movie The Outsider Mrs. Kozzek 1967-11-21
Series My Mother the Car Gladys Crabtree 1965-09-14
Movie Sylvia Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona 1965-02-10
Movie Lady in a Cage Sade 1964-01-01
Movie The Best Man Sue Ellen Gamadge 1964-04-05
Movie Lady in the Dark Liza 1954-09-25
Movie The Blue Gardenia Crystal Carpenter 1953-03-20
Series Private Secretary Susie McNamara 1953-02-01
Movie Nancy Goes to Rio Frances Elliott 1950-03-10
Movie Shadow on the Wall Dell Faring 1950-05-19
Movie A Letter to Three Wives Rita Phipps 1949-01-20
Movie Words and Music Joyce Harmon 1948-12-31
Movie April Showers June Tyme 1948-03-27
Movie Undercover Maisie Maisie Ravier 1947-03-01
Movie The Judge Steps Out Peggy 1947-12-15
Movie Up Goes Maisie Maisie Ravier 1946-02-01
Movie Maisie Goes to Reno Maisie Ravier 1944-08-15
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie You, John Jones! Mary Jones 1943-01-14
Movie Thousands Cheer Ann Sothern 1943-01-01
Movie Three Hearts for Julia Julia Seabrook 1943-05-21
Movie Swing Shift Maisie Maisie Ravier 1943-10-01
Movie Cry 'Havoc' Pat 1943-11-23
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man Maisie Ravier 1942-06-01
Movie Panama Hattie Hattie Maloney 1942-09-30
Movie Maisie Was a Lady Maisie Ravier 1941-01-10
Movie Ringside Maisie Maisie Ravier 1941-08-01
Movie Lady Be Good Dixie Donegan Crane 1941-09-18
Movie Congo Maisie Maisie Ravier 1940-01-19
Movie The Miracle of Sound Herself 1940-01-01
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself 1940-05-29
Movie Brother Orchid Florence 'Flo' Addams 1940-06-07
Movie Gold Rush Maisie Maisie Ravier 1940-07-26
Movie Dulcy Dulcy Ward 1940-10-04
Movie Maisie Maisie Ravier / Mary Anastasia O'Connor 1939-06-22
Movie Hotel for Women Ellen Connelly 1939-08-03
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Ethel Turp 1939-12-01
Movie Fast and Furious! Garda Sloane 1939-10-06
Movie Trade Winds Jean Livingstone 1938-12-28
Movie Super-Sleuth Mary Strand 1937-07-16
Movie There Goes My Girl Connie Taylor 1937-05-21
Movie Dangerous Number Eleanor 1937-01-22
Movie Danger - Love at Work Antoinette "Toni" Pemberton 1937-09-30
Movie There Goes the Groom Bettina Louise "Betty" Russell 1937-10-29
Movie She's Got Everything Carol Rogers 1937-12-31
Movie Don't Gamble with Love Ann Edwards 1936-02-28
Movie You May Be Next Fay Stevens 1936-02-05
Movie My American Wife Mary Cantillon 1936-08-06
Movie Walking on Air Kit Bennett 1936-09-11
Movie Smartest Girl in Town Frances Cooke 1936-11-27
Movie Folies Bergère de Paris Mimi 1935-02-22
Movie Eight Bells Marge Walker 1935-04-10
Movie Hooray for Love Patricia Thatcher 1935-06-14
Movie The Girl Friend Linda Henry 1935-09-27
Movie Melody in Spring Jane Blodgett 1934-04-07
Movie Blind Date Kitty Taylor 1934-07-20
Movie The Hell Cat Geraldine Sloane 1934-06-16
Movie The Party's Over Ruth Walker 1934-08-30
Movie Kid Millions Joan Larrabee 1934-11-10
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Singer 1933-11-02
Movie Let's Fall in Love Jean 1933-12-26
Movie Good News Student 1930-08-22
Movie Song of the West Bit Part 1930-03-15
Movie Madam Satan Zeppelin Reveler 1930-09-20
Movie Doughboys Chorine (uncredited) 1930-08-30
Movie Whoopee! Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1930-10-05
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers (as Harriet Lake) 1929-11-21
Movie Broadway Nights Showgirl (uncredited) 1927-05-15
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