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Also Known As: Died: January 2, 1986
Born: December 10, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Covington, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, model

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This wry, wisecracking blonde never became a star, but brightened up scores of films in the 1930s as the heroine's pal, co-worker or rival. The Kentucky native got her start as a model, drifting into acting in the mid-20s. By 1927, she was appearing on Broadway with Helen Hayes in "Coquette" and three years later was discovered by D.W. Griffith, who cast her as the wan, tragic Ann Rutledge in "Abraham Lincoln".

This wry, wisecracking blonde never became a star, but brightened up scores of films in the 1930s as the heroine's pal, co-worker or rival. The Kentucky native got her start as a model, drifting into acting in the mid-20s. By 1927, she was appearing on Broadway with Helen Hayes in "Coquette" and three years later was discovered by D.W. Griffith, who cast her as the wan, tragic Ann Rutledge in "Abraham Lincoln".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spinout (1966) Violet Ranley
2.
 A Tiger Walks (1964) Mrs. Watkins
3.
 Summer Magic (1963) Maria Popham
4.
 The Parent Trap (1961) Verbena
5.
 Summer and Smoke (1961) Mrs. Winemiller
6.
 The Mating Game (1959) Ma Larkin
7.
 The Girl Most Likely (1958) Mom
8.
 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) Bertha
9.
 Bundle of Joy (1956) Mrs. Dugan
10.
 The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) Miss Bedelia Baines
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Worked as Lillian Gish's stand-in
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Cast as Gish's sister in film that was never made
1924:
First leading role in the silent film "The Fifth Horseman"
1925:
Made stage debut in "Two by TYwo"
1927:
Broadway debut in "Coquette" alongside Helen Hayes
1930:
Returned to features in D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln" as Ann Rutledge
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Appeared in 60 films during the 1930s
1939:
Co-starred in "Destry Rides Again"; had memorable fight scene with Marlene Dietrich
1944:
Returned to Broadway in "Three's a Family"
1953:
Starred in stage production "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypicker"
1961:
Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for "Summer and Smoke"; reprised stage role
1966:
Final film, "Spinout"
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