Ann Sothern
Actress
Ann Sothern
Ann Sothern was an American film and television actress whose career spanned six decades.
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Joan Blondell Q&A Pt.4: John Cassavetes' OPENING NIGHT, Transsexualism in THE ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Though I know that Joan Blondell and Ann Sothern were quite different as performers, they often played no-nonsense, wisecracking dames in lots of programmers — Blondell at WB, Sothern at RKO and then MGM. Now, Sothern became an A-list player at MGM in
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Joan Blondell on TCM: DAMES, WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In Cry Havoc we mostly have MGM contract players being patriotic on Bataan, including Margaret Sullavan, Marsha Hunt, Frances Gifford, and MGM's answer to Blondell, Ann Sothern, in addition to Fay Bainter, Ella Raines, Diana Lewis, and Heather Angel
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Mobile movie houses, now with air conditioning and the 'crooniest, spooniest ... - Press-Register - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Upcoming on the bill were "My American Wife" with Ann Sothern, Frances Lederer and Fred Stone; and "Private Number," starring Robert Taylor and Loretta Young. Several of the film houses were grouped under the banner: "Mobile's Cooling Stations," and
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Blogosphere | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-08-06 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Like other smart, outspoken actresses (Eve Arden and Ann Sothern come to mind), Ball was a big-screen also-ran who became a queen of the small screen. This is not to say that Ball's big-screen career was negligible. On her birthday, which is Saturday,
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T'as vu le film avec 4 tonnes de vieilles stars? - Yagg
Google News - over 5 years
Ah oui ça vient d'un film génial où elle jouait… oooh Bette Daviiiisss ah oui c'était dans… ooh Ann Sothern franchement elle était quand même un peu… oh Audrey ah tiens dans quoi… oh Jane Russell tu sais qu'elle a dit « are you kidding?
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THE BEST MAN: Sex Scandals and Politics at the Movies Pt. 3 - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also in the Best Man cast: Edie Adams, Ann Sothern, Lee Tracy, Margaret Leighton, Kevin McCarthy, Shelley Berman, Gene Raymond, and Richard Arlen. The Best Man earned veteran Lee Tracy Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the Best Supporting
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LA-bound? Visit Magic Valley's stars - Twin Falls Times-News
Google News - over 5 years
Part-time Hailey resident Bruce Willis has a star on the Walk of Fame (he got it in 2006) and actress Ann Sothern — who lived most of her final years in Ketchum — has two, one for her movie work and one for television. Sun Valley's Adam West — TV's
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Brooke Shields' grandfather featured in new book “The Wimbledon finale that ... - TennisGrandstand
Google News - over 5 years
... Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, Brooke Shields, Josane Sigart, Wallace Simpson, Horton Smith, Stan Smith, Ann Sothern, Boris Spassky, Lester Stoefen, Fred Stolle, Ed Sullivan, Clifford Sutter, Tommy Suffern Tailer, Roscoe Tanner, Robert Taylor, Ted Bates,
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Vincent Price, interprete ideale dei noir di Edgar Allan Poe - Persinsala.it
Google News - over 5 years
Tra gli ultimi suoi film sono degni di nota Le balene d'agosto (The Whales of August) (1987) di Lindsay Anderson con Bette Davis, Lillian Gish e Ann Sothern (storia di tre sorelle alla fine della loro esistenza, e anche gli attori erano tutti al loro
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VINCENTENNIAL: THE WHALES OF AUGUST and SINISTER IMAGE Tonight - We Are Movie Geeks
Google News - over 5 years
Vincent Price co-stars as an aging Russian Lothario who seeks to romance Sarah, and Ann Sothern – who was nominated for an Oscar for her role – plays a jovial neighbor who is constantly stopping by to chat with the sisters. This warm, thoughtful study
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Movies on TV, monday - Regina Leader-Post
Google News - almost 6 years
(39) >>> "Shadow on the Wall" Ann Sothern. A girl has amnesia after seeing her stepmother's murder. (1 hr., 30 mins.) (165) >> "Enough" Jennifer Lopez. A woman takes her daughter and flees her abusive husband. (2 hrs
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Joan Bennett on TCM: TRADE WINDS - From Cute Blonde Star to Sultry Brunette Star - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Fredric March, Ann Sothern, and Ralph Bellamy are also featured in Trade Winds, a fluffy comedy-adventure that really isn't all that different from the stuff Hollywood studios churn out today. (Too bad TCM's print seems to be from a 16mm original
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The Lucy Show (The Official Fourth Season) – DVD Review - Inside Pulse
Google News - almost 6 years
Ann Sothern returns as the Countess Framboise in “Lucy and the Countess Have a Horse Guest.” But the duo are upstaged by a cameo from William Frawley. Fred Mertz returns for a moment. Stars come fast and furious to the show. “Lucy Helps Danny Thomas”
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'The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season,' 'The Venture Bros. Season 4, Vol ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Ball filled the loss of Vance with three sidekicks: Joan Blondell as Lucy's partner in man-hunting; Ann Sothern as a destitute countess; and chirpy "I Love Lucy" alum Mary Jane Croft. For her part, Ball would undergo any torture for a laugh,
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'Jolene' follows young teen's dramatic journey to happiness - The Mercury
Google News - almost 6 years
A rash of guest stars (Danny Thomas, Ann Sothern, Mel Torme, Milton Berle, Dean Martin) help make up for the loss of Viv but Lucy found her most reliable foil in Gale Gordon, her banker-nemesis who also relocates to the West Coast
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New on DVD this week - NorthJersey.com
Google News - almost 6 years
A rash of guest stars (Danny Thomas, Ann Sothern, Mel Torme, Milton Berle, Dean Martin) help make up for the loss of Viv, but Lucy found her most reliable foil in Gale Gordon, her banker nemesis who also relocates to the West Coast
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4th season of 'The Lucy Show' now on DVD - Deseret News
Google News - almost 6 years
Guests in this season include Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Dean Martin, Ann Sothern (in three episodes, reprising a character that appeared in Season 3), Joan Blondell (in two), Mel Torme, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Art Linkletter, Mickey Rooney,
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LORENE YARNELL | B. 1944; SILENT PARTNERS
NYTimes - about 6 years
THEY MET BACKSTAGE at a 1972 Renaissance-themed Sid and Marty Krofft television special (Ricky Nelson as a betighted troubadour; Mickey Rooney as head torturer; Howard Cosell, Cyd Charisse, Ann Sothern, Yma Sumac, Billy Barty and plenty of nightmarish puppets). Lorene Yarnell was a dancer in the wimpled chorus line, Robert Shields the silent jester
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Barbara Billingsley, Maternal Ideal on TV In the 1950s, Dies at 94
NYTimes - over 6 years
Barbara Billingsley, who as June Cleaver on the television series ''Leave It to Beaver'' personified a Hollywood postwar family ideal of the ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom, died Saturday. She was 94. A family spokeswoman, Judy Twersky, said that Ms. Billingsley had died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease, at her home in Santa
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ADVERTISING; For 60 Years, the Ad Game Has Been Fodder for Scripts
NYTimes - over 8 years
The popularity of the AMC series ''Mad Men,'' about Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, is renewing interest in previous efforts on television and in movies to portray the advertising business. What follows is a look back at 1o of those shows and films -- some serious, some silly, all worth watching again. BEWITCHED (1964-72) The only TV series to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ann Sothern
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 92
    On March 15, 2001, Sothern died from heart failure at her home in Ketchum at the age of 92.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried in Ketchum Cemetery. Ann Sothern has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for motion pictures (found at 1612 Vine Street) and television (found at 1634 Vine Street).
  • 1987
    Age 78
    Sothern's final film was The Whales of August in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Her role as the neighbor of elderly sisters, played by Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, earned her the only Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination of her career. After filming, Sothern retired from acting and moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years. Over the course of her career, Sothern also managed several businesses and production companies. In the 1950s, she opened the Ann Sothern Sewing Center in Sun Valley, Idaho, which sold fabric, patterns, and sewing machines. She also owned a cattle ranch in Idaho named the A Bar S Cattle Company. Sothern owned Vincent Productions, Inc. (named for Sothern's patron saint Vincent de Paul) which produced her first series Private Secretary, and Anso Productions which produced The Ann Sothern Show. In addition to acting, Sothern pursued a musical career. During her hiatus from Private Secretary in 1954, she starred in her own nightclub act featured in clubs in Reno, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In the late 1950s, she formed the A Bar S Music Company and released Sothern Exposure, her first album in 1958.
  • 1985
    Age 76
    Sothern returned to television in 1985 in the role of "Ma Finney" in an adaptation of one of her old films, A Letter to Three Wives.
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  • 1975
    Age 66
    Sothern's next role was in the 1975 action/comedy film Crazy Mama.
    More Details Hide Details For the rest of the decade, she worked sporadically in television and in stage productions.
  • 1974
    Age 65
    In 1974, she traveled to Hong Kong to shoot the martial arts film Golden Needles.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed the role of Ann, a mahjong parlor owner.
  • 1972
    Age 63
    In 1972, Sothern appeared in the Sid and Marty Krofft television special Fol-de-Rol.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, she played the mother of a homicidal son in psychological horror film The Killing Kind.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 56
    In 1965, Sothern co-starred in the TV comedy series My Mother the Car, opposite Jerry Van Dyke.
    More Details Hide Details The show was typical of then-popular situation comedies featuring a flying nun, a talking horse, a domestic witch, or other surreal premises. Van Dyke played a struggling lawyer and family man who discovers a dilapidated, vintage-1928 automobile in a used-car lot. The antique auto speaks to him—in Ann Sothern's voice. It seems the car is the reincarnation of Van Dyke's mother! Van Dyke restores the car to its original condition and takes it home, where it bemuses his family and becomes the envy of a zealous collector. Sothern was never seen in the series; only her voice was heard, reacting tartly to zany happenings around her. She continued the rest of the 1960s working in guest roles in television. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, entitled "Water's Edge", Sothern turned in a most impressive performance.
    In 1965, she had a recurring role on The Lucy Show, starring her friend Lucille Ball.
    More Details Hide Details After Ball's long-time co-star Vivian Vance announced plans to leave the show, the press speculated that Sothern would be Vance's replacement. Sothern denied the rumors and, ultimately, the series continued without Vance or Sothern.
  • 1964
    Age 55
    After The Ann Sothern Show ended, she returned to films in 1964's The Best Man, opposite Henry Fonda.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her work in the film. That same year, she portrayed a prostitute in the psychological thriller Lady in a Cage, starring Olivia de Havilland.
  • 1961
    Age 52
    Scheduled opposite the popular ABC series The Untouchables, ratings dropped substantially and The Ann Sothern Show was canceled in 1961.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1957
    Age 48
    In 1957, Private Secretary was renewed for a fifth season, but Sothern left the series after she had what she later described as a "violent fight" with producer Jack Chertok over profits from the series.
    More Details Hide Details Sothern owned 42% of the show and later sued Chertok for $93,000 in back profits from the series. She returned to television the following year in The Ann Sothern Show. Sothern starred as Katy O'Connor, the assistant manager at the fictitious Bartley House Hotel. The series originally co-starred Ernest Truex as Katy's timid boss Jason Macauley, who was routinely outshined by Katy and bullied by his domineering wife Flora (Reta Shaw). Ratings for the series were weak and after 23 episodes, the show was retooled. Sothern's co-star from Private Secretary, Don Porter, signed on as Katy's boss James Devery. The addition of Porter added romantic tension to the series and helped to improve ratings. In 1959, the series won a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. During the series' second season, Jesse White, who also starred in Private Secretary, joined the cast. Ratings for the series remained solid until CBS moved The Ann Sothern Show to Thursdays for its third season.
  • 1953
    Age 44
    In 1953, she was cast as the lead in the series Private Secretary.
    More Details Hide Details Sothern portrayed Susan Camille "Susie" MacNamara, a secretary working for New York City talent agent Peter Sands (Don Porter). The series aired on CBS on alternate weeks with The Jack Benny Program. Private Secretary was a hit with audiences, routinely placing in the top 10, and Sothern was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role on the series four times.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 40
    In 1949, Sothern contracted hepatitis which she would battle for the next three years.
    More Details Hide Details After Sothern became ill, MGM canceled her contract. By the early 1950s, Sothern was only appearing in supporting roles in such films as The Blue Gardenia (1953). In need of money due to her mounting medical bills, she turned to television.
    In 1949, she appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Letter to Three Wives for 20th Century Fox.
    More Details Hide Details Sothern received excellent reviews for her performance but the acclaim failed to stimulate her career, which had begun to wane in the late 1940s.
  • 1948
    Age 39
    Sothern appeared in two musical films in 1948, April Showers opposite Jack Carson and Words and Music starring an all-star cast of MGM actors, singers and dancers.
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  • 1946
    Age 37
    She returned to the screen in 1946 in Up Goes Maisie, followed by the final Maisie film Undercover Maisie.
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  • 1943
    Age 34
    In 1943, she appeared in a seventh Maisie film Swing Shift Maisie followed by a role in the war drama Cry "Havoc".
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Sothern starred in the eighth Maisie film Maisie Goes to Reno before taking time off to have her first child.
  • 1942
    Age 33
    Shortly after completing filming of Maisie Gets Her Man in 1942, Sothern was cast in title role in Panama Hattie, opposite Red Skelton.
    More Details Hide Details Panama Hattie had been a hit on Broadway with Ethel Merman in the title role, but was plagued with production problems after MGM attempted to shoot the film version. After a disastrous preview in November 1941, MGM decided to delay release to retool the production. Sothern was cast, the film's original director was replaced, the script was rewritten, and several scenes were reshot. While the film received mediocre to poor reviews, it was a smash boxoffice hit with audiences.
  • 1941
    Age 32
    They separated in September 1941 and Sothern filed for divorce in April 1942 charging Pryor with mental cruelty. Their divorce became final in May 1943.
    More Details Hide Details Less than a week after her divorce from Pryor, she married actor Robert Sterling. The couple had one daughter, Patricia Ann "Tisha" Sterling, before divorcing in March 1949. Shortly after filming A Letter to Three Wives, Sothern contracted infectious hepatitis after getting an impure serum shot while she was in England for a stage performance. She was confined to her bed where she continued to work on the Maisie radio program while she recuperated. Sothern later said that her illness had restored her faith. With the help of friend Richard Egan, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1952. In 1974, Sothern was injured while appearing in a Jacksonville, Florida, stock production of Everybody Loves Opal when a fake tree fell on her back. The accident left her with a fractured lumbar vertebra and damaged nerves in her legs. Her injuries required hospitalizations where she was put in traction. She was also required to wear back braces. Due to her forced inactivity, Sothern gained a considerable amount of weight. In addition to her physical pain, Sothern also developed depression. Sothern credited her "optimistic belief" and Roman Catholic faith for getting her through. For the remainder of her life, Sothern suffered from numbness in her feet and required a cane to walk.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 30
    From 1939 to 1947, she appeared in 10 Maisie films.
    More Details Hide Details A review of Swing Shift Maisie (1943) by Time magazine praised Sothern and described her as "one of the smartest comediennes in the business". The popularity of the film series led to her own radio program, The Adventures of Maisie, broadcast on CBS from 1945 to 1947, on Mutual Broadcasting System in 1952, and in syndication from 1949 to 1953. Due to her popularity from the Masie films, MGM head Louis B. Mayer paid $80,000 to purchase film rights to the Broadway production of DuBarry Was a Lady especially for Miss Sothern. When Sothern rejected the revised script, MGM decided to cast Lucille Ball (Sothern's best friend in real life).
  • 1936
    Age 27
    Sothern married actor and band leader Roger Pryor in September 1936.
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    In 1936, she was signed by RKO Radio Pictures and, after a string of films that failed to attract a large enough audience, she left RKO.
    More Details Hide Details She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shortly after leaving RKO. After signing with MGM, Sothern was cast as brassy Brooklyn burlesque dancer Mary Anastasia O'Connor, known professionally as Maisie Ravier, in Maisie (1939). MGM originally acquired the Maisie property for Jean Harlow, but Harlow died in June 1937, before a final script was completed. (The Harlow inspiration remained, as the second Maisie feature, Congo Maisie, was based on MGM's Red Dust. Sothern approximated the Jean Harlow role opposite John Carroll in the Clark Gable role.) After years of struggling and appearing in supporting parts, Ann Sothern found major success with Maisie. The film was profitable for MGM, as were the string of Maisie comedy sequels that followed (box office proceeds from Maisie pictures financed MGM's more costly dramas).
  • 1934
    Age 25
    In 1934, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details Harry Cohn changed her name to Ann Sothern. "Ann" was chosen in honor of her mother and "Sothern" was chosen for Shakespearean actor E. H. Sothern. While at Columbia, she mainly appeared in B-movies roles. After two years, the studio released her from her contract.
  • 1931
    Age 22
    On Broadway in 1931, she had leading roles in America's Sweetheart and Everybody's Welcome.
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  • 1930
    Age 21
    In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles.
    More Details Hide Details In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl. The character, based on the Maisie short stories by Nell Martin, proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series (Congo Maisie, Gold Rush Maisie, Up Goes Maisie, etc.) and a network radio series (The Adventures of Maisie). In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary. The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, The Ann Sothern Show, which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree, the title character in the sitcom My Mother the Car. She continued her career throughout the late 1960s with stage and film appearances and guest-starring roles on television. Due to health issues, she worked sporadically during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 17
    In 1926, she graduated from high school; Green Acres star Eddie Albert was a member of her high school graduating class.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a vocal coach for Warner Bros. studios. Sothern moved with her father to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington. She dropped out after one year. While visiting her mother in California, she won a role in the Warner Bros. revue The Show of Shows. She did a screen test for MGM and signed a six-month contract. She appeared in bit parts and walk-on roles, but soon grew frustrated with only appearing in small roles. She then met Florenz Ziegfeld at a party. Ziegfeld offered her a role in one of his productions. When MGM decided not to pick up her option, she moved to New York City to take Ziegfeld up on his offer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Age 0
    Born on January 22, 1909.
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