Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
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.
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Huey Long in 1893; journalist/author John Gunther and civil rights leader Roy Wilkins, both in 1901; actors Raymond Massey in 1896, Shirley Booth in 1898, Joan Blondell in 1906 and Fred MacMurray in 1908; baseball Hall of Fame member Ted Williams in
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Warren Kimmel - WW II CBI Veteran - phillyBurbs.com (blog)
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While training in NY, he was at the Stage Door Canteen one evening and got to dance with Shirley Booth who was performing in "My Sister Eileen". Warren also met his future wife, Kathleen, while training in NY. The highlight of his service was the
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Senior center needs new roof - HeraldNet
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Playing bingo is fun, and provides a good reason to meet up with friends at the center every week, said Marysville resident Shirley Booth. One of the first games of the evening also gives Booth, 80, and others who play the game the chance to help
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Los ojos de Maggie - Diario El Mundo de Orizaba (blog)
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Es, también, una de las 12 actrices que han ganado la Triple Corona de actuación (Oscar, Emmy, Tony): las ptras en orden cronológico son Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy,
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Gebhart: 'Lemon Lady' squeezes charity into busy life - Delaware County Daily Times
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The very special woman is Shirley Booth, and the very special cause is Alex's Lemonade Stand. Booth, also known as “The Lemon Lady,” puts her pride in her back pocket and dons her uniform each year during Middletown Township's Community Day
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Ny forskarskola "Learning study" för grund- och gymnasielärare. - MyNewsdesk (pressmeddelande)
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I styrelsen för forskarskolan kommer professorerna Ingrid Carlgren och Inger Eriksson, Stockholms universitet att ingå, liksom docent Mona Holmqvist och professor Shirley Booth, Göteborgs Universitet. Forskarskolan har sin utgångspunkt i "svåra
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'Rude' awakening - Seacoastonline.com
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Since that time, the name has appeared on a variety of buildings and served thousands of customers, including some famous names including Ann Sheridan, Shirley Booth and Prince Charles. "I miss it, I miss the people, I miss the glamour but I don't miss
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'An Actor and a Gentleman' - Continentalnews.net
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“I remember that I was playing a role in Wilmington, Delaware, with Shirley Booth when they told me I couldn't eat at a New England Restaurant. Shirley then said, 'We'll take the show out of here” and then I got invitations to all the restaurants,” he
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Android's Dream: Rosie - TG Daily
Google News - almost 6 years
Her voice, and mannerisms are based on the Shirley Booth character, Hazel, which is itself based on a popular funny pages character by the same name. Even Rosie's tendency to call Mr. Jetson Mr. J, comes from Hazel's insistence calling Mr. Baxter – her
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Thousands turn out to celebrate Middletown's 325th anniversary - Delco News Network
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Sponsors included the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Shirley Booth Team and the Franklin Mint Development Team. by Bette Alburger Middletown Township's 325th anniversary celebration was a huge success – an excellent example of a community
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First read - Dailyrecord.com
Google News - almost 6 years
She was the daughter of Whitney Blake (the mother on Shirley Booth's “Hazel”) and the wife of David Birney, with whom she co-starred in “Bridget Loves Birney” — oops, “Bridget Loves Bernie.” She's not married to him any more
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Campus Welcomes Thousands to Celebrate Township's 325th Anniversary - Penn State Delaware County
Google News - almost 6 years
Sponsors for the event included the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Shirley Booth Team at Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, Franklin Mint Development Team, Penn State Brandywine,
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Middletown celebrates its 325th anniversary (With Video) - Delaware County Daily Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Community Visionary Sponsors were the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Shirley Booth Team and the Franklin Mint Development Team. By BETTE ALBURGER MIDDLETOWN — The township celebrated its 325th birthday in a big way Saturday, with a gala
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'Gypsy' playwright Arthur Laurents dies in NYC - The Associated Press
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"Cuckoo" provided Shirley Booth with one of her best stage roles and was later made into the movie "Summertime," starring Katharine Hepburn. In 1966, Laurents reworked "Cuckoo" as a musical. Retitled "Do I Hear A Waltz?", it had music by Richard
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Marian Mercer, Tony Winner for Promises, Promises, Dies at 75 - Playbill.com
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She played the title role in the 1970 comedy A Place for Polly, which lasted all of one performance, and took part in a revival of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, alongside Shirley Booth, John Williams, Sam Waterston and Roberta Maxwell
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THE WEEK AHEAD; Mar. 20 -- 26
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Theater Charles Isherwood Given our increasingly unliterary culture, it is hardly surprising that most Broadway musicals these days seem to be transcriptions of popular movies. This spring alone brings us ''Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,'' ''Sister Act'' and ''Catch Me If You Can,'' to say nothing of that infernally over-discussed musical based on
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Booth
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 93
    On October 16, 1992, Booth died at age 94 at her home in North Chatham.
    More Details Hide Details After a private memorial service, Booth was interred in the Baker family plot in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey. For her contribution to the film industry, Shirley Booth has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
  • 1991
    Age 92
    After her death, Booth's sister said she had broken her hip in 1991 which further inhibited her mobility.
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  • 1979
    Age 80
    In November 1979, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Booth chose not to attend the ceremony and the award was accepted by Celeste Holm. By the 1980s, Booth's health began to decline. She reportedly suffered a stroke which caused mobility issues and blindness.
  • 1974
    Age 75
    After retiring from acting in 1974, Booth moved to North Chatham, Massachusetts, where she lived with her pet poodle and two cats.
    More Details Hide Details She maintained contact with her friends via telephone and spent her time painting and doing needlework.
    In 1974, Booth provided the voice for the character of Mrs. Claus in the animated television special The Year Without a Santa Claus.
    More Details Hide Details It was Booth's final acting role after which she retired to her home in Cape Cod.
  • 1973
    Age 74
    In 1973, Booth returned to episodic television in the ABC series A Touch of Grace.
    More Details Hide Details The series was based on the British sitcom For the Love of Ada. A Touch of Grace was canceled after one season. In 1970, her name is listed as the voice of Tanta Kringle, in Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. However the voice was really Joan Gardner.
  • 1971
    Age 72
    In 1971, she returned to Chicago to star opposite Gig Young in a revival of Harvey at the Blackstone Theater.
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  • 1970
    Age 71
    Booth's final Broadway appearances were in a revival of Noël Coward's play Hay Fever and the musical Look to the Lilies, both in 1970.
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  • 1963
    Age 64
    In 1963, Booth told the Associated Press, at the height of Hazels popularity, "I liked playing Hazel the first time I read one of the scripts, and I could see all the possibilities of the character—the comedy would take care of itself.
    More Details Hide Details My job was to give her heart. Hazel never bores me. Besides, she's my insurance policy." Over the course of its five-year run, Booth won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her work in the series and was nominated for a third. Booth is one of the few performers to win all three major entertainment awards (Oscar, Tony, Emmy). In 1965, NBC canceled the series. It was picked up by CBS and retooled; Don DeFore (George Baxter) and Whitney Blake (Dorothy Baxter) were written out of the series, while Bobby Buntrock (Harold "Sport" Baxter) remained a cast member. Ray Fulmer was cast as Steve Baxter, the brother of DeFore's character George. Lynn Borden, a former Miss Arizona, was cast as Steve's wife Barbara (Booth, who owned the rights to the series, personally hired Borden). Julia Benjamin was cast as Barbara and Steve's daughter, Julia. In the retooled version, George and Dorothy Baxter have moved to Baghdad leaving Harold to live with Steve and Barbara. Hazel remains on as the new Baxters' housekeeper. While ratings for the fifth season were still strong (Hazel ranked #26 for the season), Booth decided to end the show due to health issues.
  • 1961
    Age 62
    In 1961, Booth was cast in the title role on the NBC situation comedy Hazel, based on Ted Key's popular comic strip from the Saturday Evening Post about the domineering yet endearing housemaid named Hazel Burke who works for the Baxter family.
    More Details Hide Details The series also starred Don DeFore as George Baxter, Whitney Blake as Dorothy "Missy" Baxter" and Bobby Buntrock as the Baxters' young son Harold (whom Hazel called "Sport"). Upon its premiere, Hazel was an immediate hit with audiences and drew high ratings.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Booth informed him that she was unable to match Robson's Oscar-nominated performance in the original film and declined the role. Capra instead cast Bette Davis who was unfavorably compared to Robson by most reviewers when the film was released. Booth 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! and to play Alma Duval in the drama Hot Spell (1958). For her performances in both films, Booth was nominated as the year's Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle (Susan Hayward won for her portrayal of executed murderer Barbara Graham in I Want to Live!
  • 1959
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1957
    Age 58
    In 1957, Booth won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work on the stage in Chicago.
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  • 1954
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 54
    In 1953, Booth had made a cameo appearance as herself in the all-star comedy/drama movie Main Street to Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details She spent the next few years commuting between New York and California. On Broadway, she scored personal successes in the musical By the Beautiful Sea (1954) and the comedy Desk Set (1955). Although Booth had become well known to moviegoers during this period, the movie roles for both The Time of the Cuckoo (re-titled as Summertime for the film in 1955), and Desk Set (1957), both went to Katharine Hepburn.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film also earned Booth Best Actress awards from The Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe Awards, The New York Film Critics Circle Awards, and National Board of Review. She also received her third Tony, her second in the Best Actress in a Play category, for her performance in the Broadway production of Arthur Laurents' play The Time of the Cuckoo. Booth was 54 years old when she made her first movie, although she had successfully shaved almost a decade off her real age, with her publicity stating 1907 as the year of her birth.
  • 1952
    Age 53
    Booth then went to Hollywood and reprise her stage role in the 1952 film version with Burt Lancaster playing Doc.
    More Details Hide Details After that movie, her first of only five films in her career, was completed, she returned to New York and played Leona Samish in The Time of the Cuckoo (1952) on Broadway.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her successful entry into films, she preferred acting on the stage, and made only four more films. From 1961 until 1966, she played the title role in the sitcom Hazel, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards. She was later acclaimed for her performance in the 1966 television production of The Glass Menagerie. Her final role was that of Mrs. Claus in the 1974 animated television special The Year Without A Santa Claus.
  • 1951
    Age 52
    Booth and Baker remained married until Baker's death from heart disease in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details She never remarried and had no children from either marriage.
  • FORTIES
  • 1948
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Our Miss Brooks became a radio and television hit when the title role went to Eve Arden, making her a major star. Booth received her first Tony Award, for Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic), for her performance as Grace Woods in Goodbye, My Fancy (1948). Her second Tony was for Best Actress in a Play, which she received for her widely acclaimed performance as the tortured wife, Lola Delaney, in the poignant drama Come Back, Little Sheba (1950). Her leading man, Sidney Blackmer, received the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as her husband, Doc. Her success in Come Back, Little Sheba was immediately followed by the musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1951), (based on the popular novel) in which she played the feisty but lovable Aunt Sissy, which proved to be another major hit. Her popularity was such that, at the time, the story was skewed from the original so that Aunt Sissy was the leading role (rather than Francie).
  • 1941
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her then-husband, Ed Gardner, created and wrote the show as well as playing its lead character, Archie, the malapropping manager of the tavern; Booth left the show not long after the couple divorced.
  • 1940
    Age 41
    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).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1930s and 1940s, she achieved popularity in dramas, comedies and, later, musicals.
  • 1929
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She married United States Army corporal William H. Baker, Jr. the following year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 26
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Age 6
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She had one sibling, a younger sister, Jean (born in 1914). Her childhood was spent in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where she attended Public School 152. When she was seven, Booth's family moved to Philadelphia where she first became interested in acting after seeing a stage performance. When Booth was a teenager, her family moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where she became involved in summer stock. She made her stage debut in a production of Mother Carey's Chickens. Against her father's protests, she dropped out of school and traveled to New York City to further pursue a career. She initially used the name "Thelma Booth" when her father forbade her to use the family name professionally. She eventually changed her name to "Shirley Booth".
  • 1898
    Born
    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.
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