Shirley Booth

Born Aug 30, 1898

Shirley Booth was an American actress. Primarily a theatre actress, Booth's Broadway career began in 1925. Her most significant success was as Lola Delaney, in the drama Come Back, Little Sheba, for which she received a Tony Award in 1950. She made her film debut, reprising her role in the 1952 film version, and won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance.… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on August 30, 1898.


1910 11 Years Old By the time of the 1910 census in April 1910, aged 11, she was known as Thelma by her family. … Read More


1925 26 Years Old Her debut on Broadway was in the play, Hell's Bells, opposite Humphrey Bogart on January 26, 1925.


1929 30 Years Old Shirley Booth was first married in 1929 to Ed Gardner, who later gained fame as the creator and star of Duffy's Tavern on radio. In 1942, the marriage ended in divorce.
1935 36 Years Old Booth first attracted major notice as the female lead in the comedy hit Three Men on a Horse which ran almost two years in 1935 to 1937. … Read More


1940 41 Years Old She acted with Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1939), originated the role of Ruth Sherwood in the 1940 Broadway production of My Sister Eileen and performed with Ralph Bellamy in Tomorrow the World (1943). … Read More
1941 42 Years Old Booth also starred on the popular radio series Duffy's Tavern, playing the lighthearted, wisecracking, man-crazy daughter of the unseen tavern owner on CBS radio from 1941 to 1942 and on NBC-Blue Radio from 1942 to 1943. … Read More
1943 44 Years Old Booth's second marriage, to William Baker in 1943, lasted until his death in 1951; the actress never remarried and had no children from either marriage. … Read More
1948 49 Years Old Booth auditioned unsuccessfully for the title role of Our Miss Brooks in 1948; she'd been recommended by Harry Ackerman, who was to produce the show, but Ackerman told radio historian Gerald Nachman that he felt Booth was too conscious of a high school teacher's struggles to have full fun with the character's comic possibilities. … Read More


1952 53 Years Old …  She made her film debut, reprising her role in the 1952 film version, and won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance. … Read More
In 1953, Booth received the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Come Back, Little Sheba, becoming the first actress ever to win both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role. … Read More
1954 55 Years Old Her second starring film, a romantic drama About Mrs. Leslie (1954) opposite Robert Ryan, was released in 1954 to good reviews.
1958 59 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned to motion pictures to star in two more films for Paramount Pictures, playing Dolly Gallagher Levi in the 1958 film adaptation of Thornton Wilder's romance/comedy The Matchmaker (the source text for the musical Hello, Dolly! … Read More


1959 60 Years Old She returned to the Broadway stage in 1959, starring as the long-suffering title character in Marc Blitzstein's musical Juno, an adaptation of Sean O'Casey's 1924 classic play, Juno and the Paycock.
1961 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Director Frank Capra unsuccessfully attempted to bring Booth back to the screen with Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, but after viewing Capra's original version, Lady for a Day (1933), Booth informed him there was no way she could match May Robson's moving, Oscar-nominated performance in the original film. … Read More
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1966 67 Years Old She proved prescient with the last comment; the show was seen in syndicated reruns for many years after it ceased first-run production in 1966.
1970 71 Years Old Her last Broadway appearances were in a revival of Noël Coward's play Hay Fever and the musical Look to the Lilies, both in 1970.
1971 72 Years Old In 1971, she returned to Chicago to star opposite Gig Young in "Harvey" at the Blackstone Theater. … Read More
1974 75 Years Old She retired in 1974. … Read More
1992 94 Years Old Died on October 16, 1992.
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