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Kay Francis

Actress
Female
Born Jan 13, 1905
Hometown Oklahoma City, Ok...
Died Aug 26, 1968
Death Place New York, New York
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 9" (175 cm)
Nationality American

Kay Francis was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio, and the highest-paid American film actress. Some of her film-related material and personal papers are available to scholars and researchers in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1905 Birth Francis was born Katharine Edwina Gibbs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1905. … Read More
1911 6 Years Old Her father Capt. George Francis returned to Nova Scotia before 1911 and died in the Freemasons Home in Windsor, NS in 1922. … Read More

TEENAGE

1922 17 Years Old Their December 1922 marriage at New York's Saint Thomas Church ended in divorce.

TWENTIES

1925 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In the spring of 1925, Francis went to Paris to get a divorce. … Read More
1927 22 Years Old By February 1927, Francis returned to Broadway in the play Crime. … Read More
1928 23 Years Old Francis was to appear in only one other Broadway production, a play called Elmer the Great in 1928. … Read More
1929 24 Years Old She frequently costarred with William Powell, and appeared in as many as six to eight movies a year, making a total of 21 films between 1929 and 1931. … Read More
1931 26 Years Old She had married writer-director John Meehan in New York, but soon after her arrival in Hollywood, she consummated an affair with actor and producer Kenneth MacKenna, whom she married in January 1931. When MacKenna's Hollywood career foundered, he found himself spending more time in New York, and they divorced in 1934. … Read More
1932 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, Warner Brothers persuaded both Francis and Powell to join the ranks of Warners stars, along with Ruth Chatterton. … Read More

THIRTIES

1938 33 Years Old The Independent Theatre Owners Association paid for an advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter in May 1938 that included Francis on a list of stars nicknamed "Box Office Poison". … Read More
1939 34 Years Old Francis did have a lead role in the Bogart gangster film King of the Underworld, released in 1939.
1943 38 Years Old With the start of World War II, Francis did volunteer work, including extensive war-zone touring, which was first chronicled in a book attributed to fellow volunteer Carole Landis, Four Jills in a Jeep, which became a popular 1943 film of the same name, with a cavalcade of stars and Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair joining Landis and Francis to fill out the complement of Jills. … Read More

FORTIES

1945 40 Years Old The results—the films Divorce, Wife Wanted, and Allotment Wives—had limited releases in 1945 and 1946. … Read More
1948 43 Years Old Declining health, aggravated by an accident in 1948 in which she was badly burned by a radiator, hastened her retirement from show business. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1966 61 Years Old In 1966, Francis was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, but the cancer had spread and proved fatal. … Read More
1968 64 Years Old She died in the summer of 1968 and her body was immediately cremated; her ashes were scattered. … Read More
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