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Also Known As: Frances Charlotte Greenwood Died: January 18, 1978
Born: June 25, 1890 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, comedian, dancer

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This long-legged, gangly comic actress' career stretched from turn-of-the-century vaudeville to the splashy musical films of WWII and beyond. Charlotte Greenwood left school early and took to the stage, first as a chorus girl in "The White Cat" (1905), later in vaudeville with Eunice Burnham, billed as "Two Girls and a Piano". She became a star with the stage show "So Long, Letty" (1916), which established her character for all time: a rowdy, man-chasing gal with a good heart and a stork-like dancing skill ("Lady Longlegs" was Greenwood's nickname). With her long face and prominent chin, Greenwood was not pretty in a conventional sense, but she nonetheless starred in a series of "Lettys": "Linger Longer, Letty" (1919), "Letty Pepper" (1922), "Leaning on Letty" (1935). Greenwood appeared in a number of other shows, as well as two indifferent silent films, "Jane" (1915) and "Baby Mine" (1927).

This long-legged, gangly comic actress' career stretched from turn-of-the-century vaudeville to the splashy musical films of WWII and beyond. Charlotte Greenwood left school early and took to the stage, first as a chorus girl in "The White Cat" (1905), later in vaudeville with Eunice Burnham, billed as "Two Girls and a Piano". She became a star with the stage show "So Long, Letty" (1916), which established her character for all time: a rowdy, man-chasing gal with a good heart and a stork-like dancing skill ("Lady Longlegs" was Greenwood's nickname). With her long face and prominent chin, Greenwood was not pretty in a conventional sense, but she nonetheless starred in a series of "Lettys": "Linger Longer, Letty" (1919), "Letty Pepper" (1922), "Leaning on Letty" (1935). Greenwood appeared in a number of other shows, as well as two indifferent silent films, "Jane" (1915) and "Baby Mine" (1927).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Glory (1956) Agnes Tilbee
2.
 The Opposite Sex (1956) Lucy
3.
 Oklahoma! (1955) Aunt Eller
4.
 Dangerous When Wet (1953) Ma Higgins
5.
 Peggy (1950) Mrs. Emelia Fielding
6.
 Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) Anna Breitenbach
7.
 The Great Dan Patch (1949) Aunt Netty
8.
 Driftwood (1947) Mathilda
9.
 Wake Up and Dream (1946) Sara March
10.
 Up in Mabel's Room (1944) Martha
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1905:
Broadway debut, in chorus of "The White Cat"
:
Toured in vaudeville with Eunice Burnham late 1900s-early 1910s
1915:
First film, "Jane"
1916:
Breakthrough stage role, "So Long, Letty"
1929:
First talking film, "So Long, Letty", an adaptation of her stage success
1940:
Signed long-term contract with 20th Century-Fox
1950:
Final Broadway appearance, "Out of This World"
1956:
Final film, "The Opposite Sex"
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Notes

On her comic acrobatics: "One day I happened to put my foot up and twist it round a little. Something in the way I did it made the audience laugh . . . as I found it amused people I began to do more and more weird stunts . . . I'm so identified with this kind of part that I'm afraid I'd have a lot of trouble if I tried to take up anything else. If I were playing in an Ibsen tragedy the audience would probably expect me to put one foot on the mantlepiece." --Charlotte Greenwood, quoted in unidentified 1916 newspaper

On her appearance: "The kind of wrapping you come in has nothing to do with it. As quickly as you realize that, contentment and peace come--from the heart. Happiness is within you." --Charlotte Greenwood, quoted in WHATEVER BECAME OF...? by Richard Lamparski

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husband:
Cyril Ring. Actor. Younger brother of vaudeville star Blanche Ring; married in 1915; divorced in 1920.
husband:
Martin Broones. Composer. Married from 1924 until hi death in the late 1970s.

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great-great-grandfather:
Andrew Jacquette. Revolutionary war hero.

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