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Also Known As: Died: May 1, 1971
Born: June 30, 1904 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Enid, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor

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One of the hardest-working and best-liked stars at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, Glenda Farrell embodied the brassy blonde character of the early talkies. Like her good friend and frequent costar Joan Blondell, Farrell was a hard-boiled, wise-cracking type who usually played chorines, gold-diggers or working girls. Farrell made her mark in the movies opposite Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar (1931), Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) and Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). She starred with Blondell and Dick Powell in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936), which was nominated for an Oscar® for Busby Berkeley's dance direction. Farrell (1904-1971) was born in Enid, Okla., and began acting onstage at the age of seven. She continued her education while acting with various theater companies and on Broadway before signing a contract with First National Pictures (which had merged with Warner Bros.) in 1930. Among her other successes at Warners was a series of films in which she played "girl reporter" Torchy Blane, beginning with Smart Blonde (1937). After her Warners contract ended in 1939, Farrell returned to stage work but also continued as a character actress in...

One of the hardest-working and best-liked stars at Warner Bros. during the 1930s, Glenda Farrell embodied the brassy blonde character of the early talkies. Like her good friend and frequent costar Joan Blondell, Farrell was a hard-boiled, wise-cracking type who usually played chorines, gold-diggers or working girls. Farrell made her mark in the movies opposite Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar (1931), Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) and Lionel Atwill in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). She starred with Blondell and Dick Powell in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936), which was nominated for an Oscar® for Busby Berkeley's dance direction.

Farrell (1904-1971) was born in Enid, Okla., and began acting onstage at the age of seven. She continued her education while acting with various theater companies and on Broadway before signing a contract with First National Pictures (which had merged with Warner Bros.) in 1930. Among her other successes at Warners was a series of films in which she played "girl reporter" Torchy Blane, beginning with Smart Blonde (1937). After her Warners contract ended in 1939, Farrell returned to stage work but also continued as a character actress in such films as The Talk of the Town (1942). She remained active in movies and television through 1970.

By Roger Fristoe

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tiger by the Tail (1970) Sarah Harvey
2.
 Kissin' Cousins (1964) Ma Tatum
3.
 The Disorderly Orderly (1964) Dr. Jean Howard
4.
 Middle of the Night (1959) Her mother [Mrs. Mueller]
5.
 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) Mrs. Nesbit
6.
 Secret of the Incas (1954) Mrs. Winston
7.
 Susan Slept Here (1954) Maude Snodgrass
8.
 Girls in the Night (1953) Alice Haynes
9.
 Apache War Smoke (1952) Fanny Webson
10.
 Lulu Belle (1948) Molly Benson
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Made acting debut at age seven as Little Eva in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
:
Joined stock company after leaving school; member of Brissac Stock Company in San Diego, the Morosco in Los Angeles and Alcazar in San Francisco
1928:
Made Broadway debut, replacing the leading lady in "Skidding"
1929:
Film acting debut (bit) in "Lucky Boy"
1930:
First major film role in "Little Caesar"
1969:
Starred on Broadway as the mother in "Forty Carats"
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Education

Mount Carmel Academy: Wichita , Kansas -

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husband:
Thomas Richards. Married in 1920; divorced in 1929.
husband:
Henry Ross. Doctor. Second husband; married from 1941 until her death.

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father:
Charles Farrell. Irish.
mother:
Wilhelmina Farrell. Of French-German ancestry.
son:
Tommy Farrell. Actor. Born in October 7, 1921; father, Thomas Richards; officially changed surname to Farrell in 1932; survived her.

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