Winnie Lightner
Winnie Lightner
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.
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  • 1971
    Age 71
    Died on March 5, 1971.
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  • 1934
    Age 34
    She would play as a supporting actor in two more features, for MGM and Columbia Pictures respectively, before retiring in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
  • 1929
    Age 29
    The musical Gold Diggers of Broadway was a triumph for Lightner in 1929, and made her an international star.
    More Details Hide Details The Warner Bros. quickly signed her up for a number of musical comedies. The first of these was Hold Everything, a lavish all-Technicolor feature based on a Broadway hit. This was followed by She Couldn't Say No (1930), in which Lighter was cast in a dramatic maudlin role which did not suit her talent. The picture, consequently, was not very successful. This was followed by another successful picture,The Life of the Party which was also shot entirely in Technicolor and was an even bigger hit than Hold Everything. Unfortunately, by the end of 1930 audiences had grown tired of musicals. This occurred while Winnie Lightner was in the process of shooting three musicals: Sit Tight (1931), Gold Dust Gertie (1931) and Manhattan Parade (1932). They were all released with most of the music cut. This was especially noticeable on Sit Tight and Manhattan Parade, on which even the background music was completely removed.
  • 1928
    Age 28
    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."
    More Details Hide Details A censorship board in Pennsylvania held the release of the film because of the content of Lightner's songs. According to film historian Alexander Walker, "Warners asked the censors to merely pass judgment on the visuals - the censors refused."
  • 1899
    Born on September 17, 1899.
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