Winnie Lightner

Winnie Lightner

Born Sep 17, 1899

Winnie Lightner was an American motion picture actress. Perhaps her most famous role was as a gold-digger named Mabel, in Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929). Lightner was often typecast as a wise-cracking gold-digger and was known for her talents as a comedienne and singer. Winnie Lightner was born Winifred Reeves in Greenport, New York, but was raised in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen by her aunt and uncle Margaret and Andrew Hansen.… Read More

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1899 Birth Born on September 17, 1899.


1928 28 Years Old In 1928, she made a Vitaphone short in which she sang "We Love It", "God Help a Sailor on a Night Like This", "That Brand New Model of Mine", and "We've Got a Lot to Learn." … Read More
1929 29 Years Old The musical Gold Diggers of Broadway was a triumph for Lightner in 1929, and made her an international star. … Read More


1934 34 Years Old …  She would play as a supporting actor in two more features, for MGM and Columbia Pictures respectively, before retiring in 1934. … Read More


1971 72 Years Old Died on March 5, 1971.
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