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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 6, 1989|
|Born:||April 5, 1908||Cause of Death:||breast cancer|
|Birth Place:||Lowell, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Stage debut with Provincetown Players
Broadway debut in "Broken Dishes"
Film acting debut in "The Bad Sister"
Lobbied for home studio Warner Brothers to lend her to RKO for the breakthrough role of Mildred in "Of Human Bondage", an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel
Became involved in court case with Warner Brothers because she protested the poor roles she had been given and traveled to England, making a preliminary commitment to act in a British film; eventually lost the case
Appeared on the exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars in 1939 and 1940
Career fading; obtained released from her contract at Warner Brothers
Notable career comeback as Margo Channing in "All About Eve"
Placed an ad in "Variety" in the early 1960s noting that she was available for work
Career again revived with starring role opposite Joan Crawford in the horror film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
Last film, "Wicked Stepmother"
Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center
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