Biography

Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions (1934). For the next two years, Ann would appear in a number of "B" pictures until she was dropped by Columbia in 1936. She then went to RKO, where the quality of her films did not improve. She appeared in a series of "B' pictures movies with Gene Raymond, but her career was going nowhere. In 1938 she left RKO and played the tart in Trade Winds (1938), which got her a contract at MGM. She was given the lead in a "B" comedy about a brassy, energetic showgirl not salesgirl--originally intended for Jean Harlow--that wound up becoming a huge hit and spawned a series of sequels that ran until 1947: Maisie (1939). Ann also appeared in such well received features as Brother Orchid (1940), Cry 'Havoc' (1943) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). After 1950 the roles dried up and Ann turned to television and another hit series, playing the meddlesome Susie in the 1953 series Private Secretary (1953). The series was canceled in 1957 and Ann came back in The Ann Sothern Show (1958), which ran from 1958 to 1961. In 1965, she would be the voice of the 1928 Porter in the camp classic My Mother the Car (1965). While the 1970s and 1980s were relatively quiet for Ann, she would be nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the neighbor of Lillian Gish and Bette Davis in The Whales of August (1987).

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Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions (1934). For the next two years, Ann would appear in a number of "B" pictures until she was dropped by Columbia in 1936. She then went to RKO, where the quality of her films did not improve. She appeared in a series of "B' pictures movies with Gene Raymond, but her career was going nowhere. In 1938 she left RKO and played the tart in Trade Winds (1938), which got her a contract at MGM. She was given the lead in a "B" comedy about a brassy, energetic showgirl not salesgirl--originally intended for Jean Harlow--that wound up becoming a huge hit and spawned a series of sequels that ran until 1947: Maisie (1939). Ann also appeared in such well received features as Brother Orchid (1940), Cry 'Havoc' (1943) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). After 1950 the roles dried up and Ann turned to television and another hit series, playing the meddlesome Susie in the 1953 series Private Secretary (1953). The series was canceled in 1957 and Ann came back in The Ann Sothern Show (1958), which ran from 1958 to 1961. In 1965, she would be the voice of the 1928 Porter in the camp classic My Mother the Car (1965). While the 1970s and 1980s were relatively quiet for Ann, she would be nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the neighbor of Lillian Gish and Bette Davis in The Whales of August (1987).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 89

Birthday 1909-01-22

Day of Death 2001-03-15

Place of Birth Valley City, North Dakota USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1994 That's Entertainment! III
1987 The Whales of August as Tisha Doughty
1985 A Letter to Three Wives as Ma Finney
1980 The Little Dragons as Angel
1978 Flying High(1 episode)
1978 The Manitou as Mrs. Karmann
1975 Medical Story(1 episode)
1975 Crazy Mama as Sheba
1974 Golden Needles as Fenzie
1973 The Killing Kind as Thelma Lambert
1972 The Weekend Nun as Mother Bonaventure
1971 Congratulations, It's a Boy! as Ethel Gaines
1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears(13 episodes)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones(1 episode)
1967 The Outsider as Mrs. Kozzek
1967 Chubasco as Angela
1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.(1 episode)
1966 Family Affair(1 episode)
1965 My Mother the Car(30 episodes) as Gladys Crabtree
1965 The Legend of Jesse James(1 episode)
1965 Sylvia as Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona
1964 The Best Man as Sue Ellen Gamadge
1964 Lady in a Cage as Sade
1962 The Lucy Show(7 episodes)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1958 The Ann Sothern Show(93 episodes)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(1 episode)
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show(4 episodes)
1953 Letter to Loretta(1 episode)
1953 The Blue Gardenia as Crystal Carpenter
1953 Private Secretary(104 episodes) as Susie McNamara
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1950 Shadow on the Wall as Dell Faring
1950 Nancy Goes to Rio as Frances Elliott
1949 A Letter to Three Wives as Rita Phipps
1948 Words and Music as Joyce Harmon
1948 April Showers as June Tyme
1947 The Judge Steps Out as Peggy
1947 Undercover Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1946 Up Goes Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1944 Maisie Goes to Reno as Maisie Ravier
1943 Cry 'Havoc' as Pat
1943 Swing Shift Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1943 Three Hearts For Julia as Julia Seabrook
1943 You, John Jones! as Mary Jones
1943 Thousands Cheer as Ann Sothern
1942 Panama Hattie as Hattie Maloney
1942 Maisie Gets Her Man as Maisie Ravier
1941 Lady Be Good as Dixie Donegan Crane
1941 Ringside Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1941 Maisie Was a Lady as Maisie Ravier
1940 Dulcy as Dulcy Ward
1940 Gold Rush Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1940 Brother Orchid as Florence 'Flo' Addams
1940 Congo Maisie as Maisie Ravier
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Herself
1939 Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President as Ethel Turp
1939 Fast and Furious as Garda Sloane
1939 Hotel for Women as Ellen Connelly
1939 Maisie as Maisie Ravier / Mary Anastasia O'Connor
1938 Trade Winds as Jean Livingstone
1937 She's Got Everything as Carol Rogers
1937 There Goes the Groom as Betty Russell
1937 Danger - Love at Work as Antoinette "Toni" Pemberton
1937 Super-Sleuth as Doris Duane, a film actress
1937 There Goes My Girl as Connie Taylor
1937 Dangerous Number as Eleanor
1936 Smartest Girl in Town as Frances Cooke
1936 Walking on Air as Kit Bennett
1936 My American Wife as Mary Cantillon
1936 Don't Gamble with Love as Ann Edwards
1936 You May Be Next as Fay Stevens
1935 Grand Exit as Adrienne Martin / Adeline Maxwell
1935 The Girl Friend as Linda Henry
1935 Hooray for Love as Patricia Thatcher
1935 Eight Bells as Marge Walker
1935 Folies Bergère de Paris as Mimi
1934 Kid Millions as Joan Larrabee
1934 Blind Date as Kitty Taylor
1934 The Hell Cat as Geraldine Sloane
1933 Let's Fall in Love as Jean
1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole as Singer
1930 Whoopee! as Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
1930 Madam Satan as Zeppelin Reveler
1930 Doughboys as Chorine (uncredited)
1930 Good News as Student
1930 Song of the West as Bit Part
1929 Show of Shows as Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers (as Harriet Lake)
1929 Show of Shows as Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers

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