Biography

​After gaining acting experience on the stage, Glenda Farrell became a Warner contract actor in the early 1930s. In spite of her later casting as a hard-boiled reporter in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) or successful gold digger Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), one of her first roles was the romantic interest of Edward G. Robinson's former partner in Little Caesar (1931). In most movies, she only had supporting roles, but she's best remembered as a hard-boiled, fast-talking (she was able to speak 390 words in a minute) reporter Torchy Blane in the film series of the same name.

Date of Death 1 May 1971, New York City, New York  (lung cancer)

​After gaining acting experience on the stage, Glenda Farrell became a Warner contract actor in the early 1930s. In spite of her later casting as a hard-boiled reporter in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) or successful gold digger Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), one of her first roles was the romantic interest of Edward G. Robinson's former partner in Little Caesar (1931). In most movies, she only had supporting roles, but she's best remembered as a hard-boiled, fast-talking (she was able to speak 390 words in a minute) reporter Torchy Blane in the film series of the same name.

Date of Death 1 May 1971, New York City, New York  (lung cancer)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 92

Birthday 1904-06-30

Day of Death 1971-05-01

Place of Birth Enid, Oklahoma, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1970 Tiger by the Tail as Sarah Harvey
1966 Felony Squad(1 episode)
1964 The Disorderly Orderly as Dr. Jean Howard
1964 Bewitched(1 episode)
1964 The Bing Crosby Show(1 episode)
1964 Kissin' Cousins as Ma Tatum
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey(2 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 The Islanders(1 episode)
1959 Middle of the Night as Mrs. Mueller
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(1 episode)
1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing as Mrs. Nesbit
1954 Susan Slept Here as Maude Snodgrass
1954 Secret of the Incas as Mrs. Winston
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1953 Girls in the Night as Alice Haynes
1952 Apache War Smoke as Fanny Webson
1951 Tales of Tomorrow(1 episode)
1950 Your Show of Shows(1 episode)
1948 Studio One(4 episodes)
1948 Lulu Belle as Molly Benson
1948 Mary Lou as Winnie Winford
1948 I Love Trouble as Hazel Bixby
1947 Heading For Heaven as Nora Elkins
1944 Ever Since Venus as Babs Cartwright
1943 Klondike Kate as Molly
1943 A Night for Crime as Susan Cooper
1943 City Without Men as Billie LaRue
1942 The Talk of the Town as Regina Bush
1942 Twin Beds as Sonya Cherupin
1941 Johnny Eager as Mae Blythe Agridowski
1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor as Torchy Blane
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown as Torchy Blane
1939 Breakdowns of 1939 as Herself
1938 Torchy Gets Her Man as Torchy Blane
1938 Exposed as 'Click' Stewart
1938 The Road to Reno as Sylvia Shane
1938 Prison Break as Jean Fenderson
1938 Stolen Heaven as Rita
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Herself
1938 Blondes at Work as Torchy Blane
1937 Hollywood Hotel as Miss Jones, 'Jonesy'
1937 The Adventurous Blonde as Torchy Blane
1937 Breakfast for Two as Carol Wallace
1937 Dance Charlie Dance as Fanny Morgan
1937 Fly Away Baby as Torchy Blane
1937 Breakdowns of 1937 as Herself
1937 Smart Blonde as Torchy Blane
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Herself
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 as Genevieve 'Gen' Larkin
1936 Here Comes Carter as Verna Kennedy
1936 Nobody's Fool as Ruby Miller
1936 The Law in Her Hands as Dorothy Davis
1936 High Tension as Edith McNeil
1936 Snowed Under as Daisy Lowell
1935 Miss Pacific Fleet as Mae O'Brien
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Herself
1935 Little Big Shot as Jean
1935 We're in the Money as Dixie Tilton
1935 In Caliente as Clara
1935 Go Into Your Dance as Molly Howard
1935 Traveling Saleslady as Claudette
1935 Gold Diggers of 1935 as Betty Hawes
1934 The Secret Bride as Hazel Normandie
1934 Kansas City Princess as Marie Callahan
1934 The Personality Kid as Joan
1934 Merry Wives of Reno as Bunny
1934 Heat Lightning as Mrs. Tifton
1934 I've Got Your Number as Bonnie aka Madame Francis
1934 Dark Hazard as Valerie 'Val' Wilson
1934 Hi, Nellie! as Gerry
1934 The Big Shakedown as Lily 'Lil' Duran
1933 Man's Castle as Fay La Rue
1933 Havana Widows as Sadie Appleby
1933 Lady for a Day as Missouri Martin
1933 Bureau of Missing Persons as Belle Howard Saunders
1933 Mary Stevens M.D. as Glenda
1933 Gambling Ship as Jeanne Sands
1933 How to Break 90 #2: Position and Back Swing as The Golfer's Wife
1933 The Keyhole as Dot
1933 Grand Slam as Blondie
1933 Girl Missing as Kay Curtis
1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum as Florence Dempsey
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Marie Woods
1932 Three on a Match as Mrs. Black at checkerboard
1932 Life Begins as Florette Darien
1932 The Match King as Babe
1932 Scandal for Sale as Stella
1931 Little Caesar as Olga Stassoff

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