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Frances Dee

Brunette Frances Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music (1929) with Lois Moran. After her breakthrough role in Playboy of Paris (1930) opposite Maurice Chevalier, she met Joel McCrea on the set of the 1933 film The Silver Cord (1933). Following a whirlwind courtship, the two were married later that year in Rye, New York. Their 57-year marriage ended in 1990, when McCrea died. In the 70s, she and McCrea were rumored to be worth between fifty and one hundred million dollars. Dee hasn't acted since the mid-50s, and said she didn't miss it. The nonagenarian actress a huge hit at the 1998 Memphis Film Festival in Tunica, Mississippi. She died  March 6, 2004, in Norwalk, Connecticut, due to complications from a stroke.

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Nov 26, 1909 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Words and Music 1929-08-18
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of I Walked with a Zombie
Poster of Half Angel
Poster of The Crime of the Century
Poster of Working Girls
Movie Complicated Women Herself - Interviewee 2003-05-06
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Gypsy Colt Em MacWade 1954-04-02
Movie Mister Scoutmaster Helen Jordan 1953-09-02
Movie Because of You Susan Arnold 1952-01-01
Movie Payment on Demand Eileen Benson 1951-02-03
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Four Faces West Fay Hollister 1948-08-03
Movie The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Marie de Varenne 1947-04-25
Movie Patrick the Great Lynn Andrews 1945-05-04
Movie I Walked with a Zombie Betsy Connell 1943-04-21
Movie Happy Land Agnes Dickens Marsh 1943-11-10
Movie Meet the Stewarts Candy 1942-05-21
Movie So Ends Our Night Marie Steiner 1941-02-27
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 Herself 1941-10-02
Movie Coast Guard Nancy Bliss 1939-08-04
Movie If I Were King Katherine de Vaucelles 1938-09-28
Movie Souls at Sea Margaret Tarryton 1937-09-03
Movie Wells Fargo Justine Pryor 1937-12-31
Movie Come and Get It Restaurant Patron (uncredited) 1936-11-06
Movie Half Angel Allison Lang 1936-05-22
Movie Becky Sharp Amelia Sedley 1935-06-28
Movie The Gay Deception Mirabel Miller 1935-09-13
Movie Keep 'Em Rolling Marjorie Deane 1934-03-02
Movie Finishing School Virginia Radcliffe 1934-05-04
Movie Of Human Bondage Sally Athelny 1934-07-20
Movie King of the Jungle Ann Rogers 1933-03-10
Movie The Crime of the Century Doris Brandt 1933-02-18
Movie The Silver Cord Hester 1933-05-05
Movie Headline Shooter Jane Mallory 1933-07-28
Movie Little Women Meg 1933-11-24
Movie Blood Money Elaine Talbart 1933-11-17
Movie One Man's Journey Joan Stockton 1933-08-31
Movie This Reckless Age Lois Ingals 1932-01-09
Movie The Strange Case of Clara Deane Nancy Deane 1932-05-06
Movie Sky Bride Ruth's Friend (uncredited) 1932-04-19
Movie Love Is a Racket Mary Wodehouse 1932-06-18
Movie If I Had a Million Mary Wallace (uncredited) 1932-12-02
Movie The Night of June 13 Ginger Blake 1932-09-17
Movie An American Tragedy Sondra Finchley 1931-08-22
Movie Caught Kate Winslow 1931-08-08
Movie Rich Man's Folly Ann Trumbull 1931-11-14
Movie Working Girls Louise Adams 1931-12-12
Movie A Man From Wyoming Nurse (uncredited) 1930-07-12
Movie True to the Navy Girl at Table (uncredited) 1930-05-25
Movie Manslaughter Party Guest (uncredited) 1930-07-22
Movie Monte Carlo Receptionist (uncredited) 1930-08-27
Movie Follow Thru Womanin Ladies' Locker Room (uncredited) 1930-09-26
Movie Playboy of Paris Yvonne Phillbert 1930-10-18
Movie Words and Music Co-Ed (uncredited) 1929-08-18
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