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Gertrude Michael (June 1, 1911, Talladega, Alabama – December 31, 1964, Beverly Hills, California) was an American film, stage and television actress.

Born as Lillian Gertrude Michael in Talladega, Alabama, she reportedly graduated from high school at the age of 14. She became a radio singer on the radio. She attended the University of Alabama and Converse College, Cincinnati. Her childhood home in Talladega, Alabama was destroyed by fire in 2007.

In 1929 in Cincinnati she made her stage debut in a stock company. She subsequently appeared on Broadway in Rachel Crothers' Caught Wet (1931). She entered the movies playing Richard Arlen's finaceé in Wayward (1932), but her best-remembered role is probably as Rita Ross in Murder at the Vanities (1934), one of the last pre-Code films, in which she sang an ode to marijuana (Sweet Marijuana).

She had an affair with writer Paul Cain (aka Peter Ruric).After they broke up, Cain wrote the role of the alcoholic lover (based on Michael) in his only novel published during his lifetime, Fast One.

Gertrude Michael died, aged 53, from undisclosed causes, in Beverly Hills, California.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gertrude Michael (June 1, 1911, Talladega, Alabama – December 31, 1964, Beverly Hills, California) was an American film, stage and television actress.

Born as Lillian Gertrude Michael in Talladega, Alabama, she reportedly graduated from high school at the age of 14. She became a radio singer on the radio. She attended the University of Alabama and Converse College, Cincinnati. Her childhood home in Talladega, Alabama was destroyed by fire in 2007.

In 1929 in Cincinnati she made her stage debut in a stock company. She subsequently appeared on Broadway in Rachel Crothers' Caught Wet (1931). She entered the movies playing Richard Arlen's finaceé in Wayward (1932), but her best-remembered role is probably as Rita Ross in Murder at the Vanities (1934), one of the last pre-Code films, in which she sang an ode to marijuana (Sweet Marijuana).

She had an affair with writer Paul Cain (aka Peter Ruric).After they broke up, Cain wrote the role of the alcoholic lover (based on Michael) in his only novel published during his lifetime, Fast One.

Gertrude Michael died, aged 53, from undisclosed causes, in Beverly Hills, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Gertrude Michael,licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1911-06-01

Day of Death 1964-12-31

Place of Birth Talladega, Alabama, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1958 Sea Hunt (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Women's Prison as Chief Matron Sturgess
1953 No Escape as Olga Valerie Lewis
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Bugles in the Afternoon as May
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 Darling, How Could You! as Mrs. Rossiter
1950 Caged as Georgia Harrison
1949 Flamingo Road as Millie
1945 Allotment Wives as Gladys Smith
1945 Three's a Crowd as Sophie Whipple
1944 Faces in the Fog as Nora Brooks
1943 Women in Bondage as District Director Schneider
1943 Where Are Your Children? as Nell Wilson
1943 Behind Prison Walls as Elinor Cantwell
1942 Prisoner of Japan as Toni Chase
1940 Slightly Tempted as Duchess
1940 The Farmer's Daughter as Clarice Sheldon
1940 Parole Fixer as Collette Menthe
1940 Pound Foolish as Mrs. Irene Reynolds
1939 Just like a Woman as Ann Heston
1937 Sophie Lang Goes West as Sophie Lang
1937 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air as Jessica Stafford
1936 Make Way For A Lady as Miss Eleanor Emerson
1936 The Return of Sophie Lang as Sophie Lang
1936 Till We Meet Again as Elsa Duranyi
1936 Woman Trap as Barbara 'Buff' Andrews
1935 The Last Outpost as Rosemary Haydon
1935 Four Hours to Kill! as Mrs. Sylvia Temple
1934 Father Brown, Detective as Evelyn Fischer
1934 Menace as Helen Chalmers
1934 Cleopatra as Calpurnia
1934 The Notorious Sophie Lang as Sophie Lang
1934 Murder on the Blackboard as Jane Davis
1934 Murder at the Vanities as Rita Ross
1934 The Witching Hour as Margaret Price
1934 I Believed in You as Pamela Banks
1934 Hold That Girl as Dorothy Lamont
1934 George White's Scandals as Miss Lee
1934 Bolero as Lady D'Argon
1934 Search for Beauty as Jean Strange
1933 Cradle Song as Marcella
1933 I'm No Angel as Alicia Hatton
1933 Ann Vickers as Mona Dolphin
1933 Night of Terror as Sarah Rinehart
1933 A Bedtime Story as Louise
1933 Sailor Be Good as Kay Whitney
1932 Unashamed as Marjorie
1932 Wayward as Mary Morton

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