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 Her correct year of birth was known by only her closest associates until her correct year of birth, 1898, was announced at the time of her death.
1905 6 Years Old Booth was born Marjory Ford in New York City to Albert James and Virginia M. (née Wright) Ford. In the 1905 New York state census, she was listed as Thelma Booth Ford. … Read More


1925 26 Years Old Booth began her career onstage as a teenager, acting in stock company productions. She was a prominent actress in Pittsburgh theatre for a time, performing with the Sharp Company. Her debut on Broadway was in the play, Hell's Bells, opposite Humphrey Bogart on January 26, 1925.


1929 30 Years Old On November 23, 1929, Booth married Ed Gardner, who later gained fame as the creator and host of the radio series Duffy's Tavern. They divorced in 1942. … Read More
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).
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 from 1942 to 1943. … Read More
1948 49 Years Old She auditioned unsuccessfully for the title role of Our Miss Brooks in 1948; she had 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


1951 52 Years Old Booth and Baker remained married until Baker's death from heart disease in 1951. … Read More
1952 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She made her film debut, reprising her role in the 1952 film version, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance. … Read More
1953 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Booth received the Academy Award 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 opposite Robert Ryan, was released in 1954 to good reviews but was poorly received by audiences.
1957 58 Years Old In 1957, Booth won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work on the stage in Chicago.


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 Seán O'Casey's 1924 classic play, Juno and the Paycock.
1961 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, director Frank Capra approached Booth about starring in Pocketful of Miracles, an updated version of Capra's 1933 comedy-drama Lady for a Day starring May Robson. … Read More
1963 - 1971 3 More Events
1973 74 Years Old In 1973, Booth returned to episodic television in the ABC series A Touch of Grace. … Read More
1974 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Booth provided the voice for the character of Mrs. Claus in the animated television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. … Read More
1979 80 Years Old In November 1979, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. … Read More
1991 92 Years Old After her death, Booth's sister said she had broken her hip in 1991 which further inhibited her mobility.
1992 94 Years Old On October 16, 1992, Booth died at age 94 at her home in North Chatham. … Read More
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