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Also Known As: Antoinette M Lees, Antoinette Lees Died: May 21, 1984
Born: August 18, 1914 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Butte, Montana, USA Profession: actor, horse breeder

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A sensitive, appealing lead and second lead of the late 1930s, Leeds acted a few bit parts in films before being discovered by Howard Hawks, who cast her prominently in his and William Wyler's vivid "Come and Get It" (1936). By far her finest and best remembered film and performance, though, came with Gregory La Cava's marvelous seriocomic study of female friendship, "Stage Door" (1937). As part of a brilliant ensemble led by Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden, Leeds was cast as Kaye, a gifted but unemployed and increasingly desperate actress who ultimately kills herself after losing a coveted part in a play. Theoretically, it was a very difficult role, potentially prone to unenlightened bathos, but, aided by delicate scripting and direction, Leeds gave a tremendously moving and entirely valid performance, for which she won an Oscar nomination.

A sensitive, appealing lead and second lead of the late 1930s, Leeds acted a few bit parts in films before being discovered by Howard Hawks, who cast her prominently in his and William Wyler's vivid "Come and Get It" (1936). By far her finest and best remembered film and performance, though, came with Gregory La Cava's marvelous seriocomic study of female friendship, "Stage Door" (1937). As part of a brilliant ensemble led by Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden, Leeds was cast as Kaye, a gifted but unemployed and increasingly desperate actress who ultimately kills herself after losing a coveted part in a play. Theoretically, it was a very difficult role, potentially prone to unenlightened bathos, but, aided by delicate scripting and direction, Leeds gave a tremendously moving and entirely valid performance, for which she won an Oscar nomination.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Swanee River (1940) Jane [McDowell Foster]
2.
 Earthbound (1940) Ellen Desborough
3.
 The Real Glory (1939) Linda Hartley
4.
 They Shall Have Music (1939) Ann Lawson
5.
 Youth Takes a Fling (1938) Helen Brown
6.
 The Goldwyn Follies (1938) Hazel Dawes
7.
 Letter of Introduction (1938) Katherine "Kay" Martin
8.
 Stage Door (1937) Kay Hamilton
9.
 It Could Happen to You (1937) Laura Compton
10.
 Forgotten Faces (1936) Salesgirl
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1935:
Made film debut in a bit part as a maid in "Dante's Inferno"
1936:
Full-fledged acting debut, and first screen credit, "Come and Get It"
1937:
Played first female lead in "It Could Happen to You"
1937:
Played most acclaimed and best-remembered screen role in "Stage Door"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
1940:
Last film, "Earthbound"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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husband:
Robert S Howard. Sportsman.

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