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Also Known As: Clara Lou Sheridan, Gail Sheridan, Clara Lou Sheridan Died: January 21, 1967
Born: February 21, 1915 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Denton, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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She was Warner Brothers' "Oomph Girl" and a popular WWII pin-up but Ann Sheridan fought to be taken seriously in Hollywood. After a fruitless start at Paramount, the ravishing redhead allowed the Warners publicity mill to make her an overnight sensation, channeling the buzz to barter for better roles. She enjoyed name-above-the-title status for "It All Came True" (1940), in a role rejected by Bette Davis, then teamed with Davis for the screwball classic "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942), and more than held her own opposite studio mates George Raft and Humphrey Bogart in "They Drive By Night" (1940). It was as the small town heroine of "King's Row" (1942) opposite Ronald Reagan, that Sheridan became a bone fide star, but her tenure at Warners was punctuated by suspensions for turning down roles. Prior to breaking with the studio in 1948, she scored as a Frisco chanteuse who compels doctor Kent Smith to fake his own death in the noir sleeper "Nora Prentiss" (1947). As a free agent, Sheridan enjoyed one of her better roles opposite Cary Grant in "I Was a Male War Bride" (1949) but a downturn in her industry stock drove the aging actress to television. She capped her 30-year career as the star of the...

She was Warner Brothers' "Oomph Girl" and a popular WWII pin-up but Ann Sheridan fought to be taken seriously in Hollywood. After a fruitless start at Paramount, the ravishing redhead allowed the Warners publicity mill to make her an overnight sensation, channeling the buzz to barter for better roles. She enjoyed name-above-the-title status for "It All Came True" (1940), in a role rejected by Bette Davis, then teamed with Davis for the screwball classic "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942), and more than held her own opposite studio mates George Raft and Humphrey Bogart in "They Drive By Night" (1940). It was as the small town heroine of "King's Row" (1942) opposite Ronald Reagan, that Sheridan became a bone fide star, but her tenure at Warners was punctuated by suspensions for turning down roles. Prior to breaking with the studio in 1948, she scored as a Frisco chanteuse who compels doctor Kent Smith to fake his own death in the noir sleeper "Nora Prentiss" (1947). As a free agent, Sheridan enjoyed one of her better roles opposite Cary Grant in "I Was a Male War Bride" (1949) but a downturn in her industry stock drove the aging actress to television. She capped her 30-year career as the star of the CBS western sitcom "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" (1966-67) but was felled by cancer before the end of the first season. Gone at 51, Ann Sheridan escaped in death the humiliating career twilights of aging rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, remaining in the eyes of movie lovers a quick-witted comedienne and a sensuous dramatic actress rolled into one unforgettable package.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Come Next Spring (1956) Bess Ballot
3.
 The Opposite Sex (1956) Amanda [Penrose]
4.
 Take Me to Town (1953) Vermilion O'Toole [also known as May Madison]
5.
 Appointment in Honduras (1953) Sylvia Sheppard
6.
 Just Across the Street (1952) Henrietta Smith
7.
 Steel Town (1952) "Red" McNamara
8.
 Woman on the Run (1950) Eleanor Johnson
9.
 Stella (1950) Stella Bevins
10.
 I Was a Male War Bride (1949) Lt. Catherine Gates
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1933:
Winner of "Search for Beauty" contest
1934:
Screen debut, "Search for Beauty"
1935:
Began using the name Ann Sheridan
1936:
Signed with Warner Brothers
1938:
Breakthrough role, "Angels with Dirty Faces", as the female lead in the hit gangster drama starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien
1940:
Became a full-fledged star of "A" budget pictures
1948:
Made an unbilled cameo as a streetwalker in John Huston's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
1948:
Last film for Warner Brothers, "Silver River", starring opposite Errol Flynn
1956:
Last American films, "Come Next Spring" and "The Opposite Sex"
1957:
Last film, "Woman and the Hunter", made in England
:
Played Cathryn Corniny on the daytime soap opera, "Another World"
1966:
Starred as Henriette "Hank" Hanks on the CBS sitcom, "Pistols and Petticoats"
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Education

North Texas State Teachers College: -

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husband:
Edward Norris. Actor.
husband:
George Brent. Actor. Married c. January 1942.
husband:
Scott McKay. Actor. Survived her.

Contributions

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Ann Sheridan was only known by two names...Clara Lou Sheridan and Ann Sheridan. She never went by Gail Sheridan nor Anne Sheridan. She changed her name from Clara Lou to Ann at the behest of the studio who thought that Clara Lou was too long for the marquee. She changed it to Ann because, at the time, she was performing in a WB theater production of "The Milky Way" and the part she played was "Ann". This is per an interview with Ray Hagen in "Screen Facts" magazine, 1965.

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