Glenda Farrell
Actress
Glenda Farrell
Glenda Farrell was an American film actress.
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Profits Before Environment
NYTimes - over 5 years
I wasn't surprised when the administration of George W. Bush sacrificed the environment for corporate profits. But when the same thing happens under a Democratic administration, it's depressing. With little or no public input, policies that benefit corporations regardless of the consequences continue to be enacted. No wonder an April 2010 poll from
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Sybil Jason Dead at 83: Warner Bros.' Answer to Shirley Temple in the '30s - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Among those were co-star Glenda Farrell in Michael Curtiz's Little Big Shot (1935), a crime comedy-drama co-written by future producer Jerry Wald (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda) and future Casablanca co-screenwriter Julius J. Epstein; Mervyn LeRoy's
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Joan Blondell on TCM: DAMES, WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Joan Blondell has always been a favorite of mine, much like fellow wisecracking 1930s Warner Bros. players Aline MacMahon and Glenda Farrell. The fact that Blondell never became a top star says more about audiences — who preferred, say, Shirley Temple
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Film series to screen Warner Bros. films - Arizona Daily Sun
Google News - over 5 years
30: "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" directed by Mervyn LeRoy; starring Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell; 1932, 93 min., NR. This vehement social protest film, based on a true story, is a searing study of injustice that created a public uproar upon its
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DVD Extra: Pat, Buzz and Bacon - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Glenda Farrell. Far less elaborate than the two Berkeley-Bacon classics ("42 Street'' and "Footlight Parade''), this one has two production numbers, "Muchacha'' (by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, performed by Phil Regan) and the "The Lady in Red'' by Mort
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John Garfield on TCM: HUMORESQUE, THE BREAKING POINT, WE WERE STRANGERS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Come to think of it, even Warners' women were tough: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Glenda Farrell, and, off screen, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Leslie (both of whom fought Jack Warner for better roles)
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Joanne Siegel, 93, the First Lois Lane
NYTimes - about 6 years
Joanne Siegel, who as a Cleveland teenager during the Depression hired herself out as a model to an aspiring comic book artist, Joe Shuster, and thus became the first physical incarnation of Lois Lane, Superman's love interest, died on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 93. Ms. Siegel was married to Shuster's partner and Superman co-creator,
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DVDS; B-Movie Newshound: Hello, Big Boy, Get Me Rewrite!
NYTimes - almost 7 years
The Torchy Blane Collection ''B movie'' is now a term routinely applied to essentially any low-budget, vaguely disreputable genre film. But it used to mean something quite specific. During the Great Depression exhibitors began offering double features in the hope of luring back their diminished audience. The program would consist of an A picture,
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Tommy Farrell, 82, an Actor From Golden Age of Westerns
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Tommy Farrell, an actor and comedian known for ''sidekick'' roles in westerns, died here on Sunday. He was 82. He died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., fund officials said. ''He was the last living B-western sidekick from that golden era of westerns,'' said Boyd Magers, editor and
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MOVIES: CRITICS' CHOICE
NYTimes - over 17 years
High comedy, high adventure and profound love lend color and excitement to the week's outstanding movies. The denizens of the Damon Runyonera pre-Disney Times Square struit their stuff in Frank Capra's sentimental comedy LADY FOR A DAY (1933). In this guys-and-dolls tale, a poor apple vendor (May Robson) is transformed by loyal customers (Warren
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - almost 18 years
STEVE MCQUEEN'S dynamic performance as a cynical American sailor gives color and authority to Robert Wise's SAND PEBBLES (1966). The workmanlike drama about an American gunboat plying Chinese waters in 1926 was filmed partly on location. Candice Bergen, as an American missionary, scores effectively, along with Richard Attenborough and Richard
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Lyle Talbot, 94, Charactor Actor And TV Neighbor
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Lyle Talbot, a veteran character actor in movies and on television, died Sunday at his home in San Francisco. He was 94. Mr. Talbot, who began his career as a contract player at Warner Brothers in the 1930's, was one of those actors whose face was more familiar than his name. He appeared in more than 150 films in a wide spectrum of genres: from
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Dr. Henry Ross, 89, Eisenhower's Chief Of Health in War
NYTimes - over 25 years
Dr. Henry Ross, a New York surgeon who was chief of the public health section of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's command in Europe in World War II, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89 years old. Dr. Ross died of complications from bowel cancer, a spokesman for the family said. A graduate of the West Point in 1926, he served with the Army
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Metropolitan Diary
NYTimes - almost 26 years
THE constant companion of Martha Little's grandaughter is a furry gorilla. It is named Pig-Pig and is almost the same size as the youngster, who has her heart set on acquiring Pig-Pig No. 2. Mrs. Little, who lives in Baltimore, has been searching for just such an item with little success. One recent inspired day, she remembered F.A.O. Schwarz, the
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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF MOVIES AND TELEVISION
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Eddie Murphy has a cuter figure than I do. I know this because I stood in front of a smoky mirror in the new American Museum of the Moving Image in the Astoria section of Queens, pressed a computer button and saw my face reflected over the jeans, T-shirt and jacket Axel Foley wears in ''Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy has a cuter figure than
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CRITICS' CHOICES; CABLE TV
NYTimes - about 31 years
Movie buffs can try a cluster of attic pearls this cable week, starting with ''We Live Again'' (1934), an adaptation of Tolstoy's ''Resurrection'' - Wednesday at 10 A.M. on Showtime. Sensitively played by Anna Sten, as a wronged servant girl, and Fredric March, as her princely seducer, this beautifully photographed drama shares the classy look of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Glenda Farrell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 66
    In 1971, Farrell died from lung cancer, aged 66, at her home in New York City and was interred in the West Point Cemetery, West Point, New York.
    More Details Hide Details When Ross, who did not remarry, died in 1991, he was buried with her.
  • 1968
    Age 63
    Farrell briefly retired in 1968, but soon decided to return to acting.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 58
    She won the Emmy Award for outstanding performance in a supporting role by an actress in 1963, for her performance as Martha Morrison in the medical drama series Ben Casey.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1950
    Age 45
    She appeared in over 40 television series between 1950 and 1969, including Kraft Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, The United States Steel Hour, Bonanza and Bewitched.
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  • 1949
    Age 44
    Farrell made her television debut in 1949 in the anthology series The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 37
    She starred in the play The Life of Reilly on Broadway in April 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the '40s, '50s and '60s, Farrell continued to appear in numerous films, including the Academy Award-nominated The Talk of the Town (1942), Heading for Heaven (1947) and the 1954 Charlton Heston adventure epic Secret of the Incas, upon which the film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was based on a quarter century later. She starred in the comedy films Kissin' Cousins with Elvis Presley and The Disorderly Orderly with Jerry Lewis in 1964. In both film, Farrell co-starred with her son, Tommy Farrell.
  • 1941
    Age 36
    Farrell married Dr. Henry Ross in 1941, a staff surgeon at New York's Polyclinic Hospital, and a West Point graduate and Army physician who served on General Eisenhower's staff.
    More Details Hide Details The couple met when Farrell sprained her ankle during the play Separate Rooms and was treated backstage by Ross, who had been called forth from the audience. Farrell and Ross remained married until her death thirty years later. In 1977, Ross donated 38 acres of land to the Putnam County Land Trust, establishing the Glenda Farrell-Henry Ross Preserve.
    In 1941, Farrell returned to motion pictures, starring in director Mervyn LeRoy's film noir, Johnny Eager.
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  • 1940
    Age 35
    She co-starred with Lyle Talbot and Alan Dinehart in the long-running play Separate Rooms at the Broadway's Plymouth Theater for a successful 613-performance run throughout 1940 and '41.
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  • 1939
    Age 34
    Farrell star in the lead role in the play Anna Christie at the Westport Country Playhouse in July 1939, then followed that with a summer stock production of S. N. Behrman's play Brief Moment.
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    In 1939, after eight years working in films, when her Warner Bros. contact expired, Farrell left the studio and returned to the theater. "There's something more satisfying about working in a play.
    More Details Hide Details You get that immediate response from the audience, and you feel that your performance is your own. In pictures, you get frustrated because you feel you have no power over what you’re doing." Farrell told syndicated columnist Bob Thomas in 1952.
  • 1937
    Age 32
    Farrell was elected to a one-year term as the honorary Mayor of North Hollywood in 1937, beating her competition Bing Crosby and Lewis Stone by a 3 to 1 margin.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the fact that it began as a Warner Bros. publicity stunt, Farrell took the job very seriously, attending functions, presentations and ceremonies. She was also put in charge when the North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that it wanted to put sewers along Ventura Highway and started the groundwork for that project.
    Smart Blonde was a surprise hit and became a popular second feature with moviegoers. Warner Bros. starred her in several more Torchy Blane movies opposite Barton MacLane. She would portray Torchy Blane in seven films from 1937 to 1939.
    More Details Hide Details The films took Farrell's popularity to a new level. She was beloved by the moviegoing public and received a huge amount of fan mail for the Torchy Blane films. Along with starring in the Torchy Blane series, Farrell also appeared in a number of other films. And several radio series, including Vanity and Playhouse in 1937, and Manhattan Latin with Humphrey Bogart in 1938. Farrell's portrayal of Torchy Blane was credited by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel as the inspiration for the Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. Siegel also named, June Farrell, one of the character in his Funnyman comic book series after Farrell.
    In 1937, Farrell was given her own film series as Torchy Blane, "Girl Reporter".
    More Details Hide Details In this role, she was promoted as being able to speak 400 words in 40 seconds. Warner Bros. began to develop a film adaptation of "MacBride and Kennedy" stories by detective novelist Frederick Nebel in 1936. For the film version, Kennedy is changed to a woman name Teresa "Torchy" Blane, and is now in love with MacBride's character. Director Frank MacDonald immediately knew who he wanted for the role of Torchy Blane. Farrell had already proved that she could play hard-boiled reporters in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Hi, Nellie! (1934). She was quickly cast as Torchy with Barton MacLane playing detective Steve McBride in the first Torchy Blane film, Smart Blonde. On her portrayal of the Torchy Blane character, Farrell said in her 1969 Time interview: So before I undertook to do the first Torchy, I determined to create a real human being—and not an exaggerated comedy type. I met those news-woman who visited Hollywood, and watched them work on visits to New York City. They were generally young, intelligent, refined and attractive. By making Torchy true to life, I tried to create a character practically unique in movies.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 29
    She worked in over 20 movies between 1934 and 1936, starring in films like: Go into Your Dance (1935), Little Big Shot (1935), High Tension (1936) and appeared opposite Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in the Academy Award-nominated Gold Diggers of 1935 and Gold Diggers of 1937 musical series.
    More Details Hide Details She was very close friends with fellow Warner Bros. actress Joan Blondell. Throughout the early 1930s, they were paired as two sassy blonde bombshell comedy team in a series of five Warner Bros. movies: Havana Widows (1933), Kansas City Princess (1934), Traveling Saleslady (1935), We're in the Money (1935) and Miss Pacific Fleet (1935). Farrell and Blondell would co-star in a total of nine films. Farrell came to personify the smart and sassy, wisecracking dame of the '30s and '40s films.
  • 1932
    Age 27
    She appeared in several more plays and in 1932 stars in the hit play Life Begins.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance in play caught the attention of Jack Warner, who signed her to a long-term contract with the Warner Bros film studio. And cast her to re-create the role in Warner Bros.' film adaptation of Life Begins later that year. Farrell would not return to the stage until 1939. In her first two years with Warner Bros., Farrell starred in seventeen films, including Girl Missing (1933), Gambling Ship (1933) opposite Cary Grant, Man's Castle (1933) and the Columbia Pictures Lady for a Day (1933) by director Frank Capra. Farrell often worked on four films at once and managed to transition from one role to another effortlessly.
  • 1931
    Age 26
    In 1931, she was engaged to Jack Durant of the comedy duo "Mitchell & Durant", but never married him.
    More Details Hide Details She dated screenwriter Robert Riskin a few years later.
  • 1930
    Age 25
    And in July 1930, Film Daily announced that Farrell had been cast in Mervyn Leroy's film Little Caesar as the female lead, Olga Stassoff.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, she returned to Broadway and stars in On the Spot at the Forrest Theater. At the time, Farrell conceded that the motion pictures offer immense salaries, but felt the theater was the foundation of the actor's profession.
    In 1930, she starred in the comedy short film The Lucky Break with Harry Fox.
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  • 1929
    Age 24
    By April 1929 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that she had played the role 355 times.
    More Details Hide Details Farrell appeared in a number of other plays, including Divided Honors, Recapture, and Love, Honor and Betray with George Brent, Alice Brady and Clark Gable.
    Farrell moved to New York in 1929, where she replaced Erin O'Brien-Moore as Marion Hardy in Aurania Rouverol's play Skidding.
    More Details Hide Details The play was later served as the basis for the Andy Hardy film series.
  • 1928
    Age 23
    In 1928, Farrell was cast as the lead actress in the play The Spider and made her film debut in a minor role in Lucky Boy.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1921
    Age 16
    They were married from 1921 to 1929.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, actor Tommy Farrell was born in 1921.
  • 1919
    Age 14
    Her picture and biography was featured in the magazine’s April 1919 issue, which also stated that Farrell had some experience in the chorus, vaudeville and camp entertainments.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1904
    Born
    Born on June 30, 1904.
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