Gladys George

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Gladys George
Gladys George in Marie Antoinette trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Marie Antoinette (1938)
BornGladys Clare Evans
(1904-09-13)September 13, 1904
Patten, Maine, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1954(1954-12-08) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cerebral hemorrhage
OccupationActress
Years active1919–1954
Spouse(s)Ben Erway
(m. 1922-1930; divorced)
Edward Fowler
(m. 1933-1935; divorced)
Leonard Penn
(m. 1935-1944; divorced)
Kenneth Bradley
(m. 1946-1950; divorced)
 
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Gladys George
Gladys George in Marie Antoinette trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Marie Antoinette (1938)
BornGladys Clare Evans
(1904-09-13)September 13, 1904
Patten, Maine, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1954(1954-12-08) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cerebral hemorrhage
OccupationActress
Years active1919–1954
Spouse(s)Ben Erway
(m. 1922-1930; divorced)
Edward Fowler
(m. 1933-1935; divorced)
Leonard Penn
(m. 1935-1944; divorced)
Kenneth Bradley
(m. 1946-1950; divorced)

Gladys George (September 13, 1904[1] – December 8, 1954) was an American actress.

Early life[edit]

She was born as Gladys Clare Evans on September 13, 1904[1] in Patten, Maine to English parents.

Career[edit]

George went on the stage at the age of three and toured the United States, appearing with her parents. She starred on stage in the 1920s, although she had made several films in the early part of that decade.

She is credited for contributing to the enormous success on Broadway of Personal Appearance, a comedy by Lawrence Riley in which she had the starring role. This role was reprised by Mae West in the classic film, Go West, Young Man, which West adapted from the play. In 1936 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Valiant Is the Word for Carrie.

Her only other first billed roles were in Madame X (1937) and Love is a Headache.[2] She also appeared in The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Way of All Flesh (1940), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and He Ran All the Way (1951). She played the widow of Miles Archer (Iva Archer) in The Maltese Falcon and Mme. Du Barry in Marie Antoinette.

Her last successful roles were as Lute Mae Sanders in Flamingo Road, her brief appearance as the corrupt nurse Miss Hatch in Detective Story (1951) and in Lullaby of Broadway, as the alcoholic mother of Doris Day's ingenue character.

Health[edit]

George was afflicted with numerous ailments, including throat cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver.[3] She died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954 in Los Angeles, California, aged 50, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
FilmRoleDateNotes
Red Hot DollarsJanet Muir1919film debut
The Woman in the SuitcaseEthel1920
Below the SurfaceAlice1920
Homespun FolksBeulah Rogers1920
The Easy RoadIsabel Grace1921
ChickensJulia Stoneman1921
The House that Jazz BuiltLila Drake1921
Straight Is the WayShirley1934
Valiant Is the Word for CarrieCarrie Snyder1936Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only Academy Award for which Gladys George was ever nominated.
They Gave Him a GunRose Duffy1937Co-starred with Spencer Tracy.
Madame XMadame X/Jacqueline Fleuriot/Miss Pran1937Only film starring Gladys George to have been released on VHS.
Love Is a HeadacheCarlotta 'Charlie' Lee1938
Marie AntoinetteMadame du Barry1938First time Gladys George portrayed a historical figure. First supporting role since Oscar nomination.
I'm From MissouriJulie Bliss1939
Here I Am StrangerClara Paulding1939
The Roaring TwentiesPanama Smith1939Film contains one of the more substantial of Humphrey Bogart's early roles.
A Child Is BornFlorette Laverne1939
The Maltese FalconIda Archer1941
The Crystal Ball

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Family Tree Legends".  lists Gladys Clare Evans born September 13, 1904, Maine - died December 8, 1954, L.A.
  2. ^ IMDb profile
  3. ^ "Gladys George at Find a Grave". 

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