Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 - March 15, 2001) was a American film actress.

Born Harriette Arlene Lake in Valley City, North Dakota, Sothern began her film career as an extra in silent films in 1927. In 1934 she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures but after two years the studio released her from this contract, and she was signed by RKO Pictures in 1936. After a string of films that failed to attract an audience, Sothern left RKO and was signed to MGM, making her first film for them in 1939.

In a role originally intended for Jean Harlow, Sothern was cast as "Maisie", a bold, brassy but somewhat scatter-brained showgirl who was also an amateur detective. After years of trying, Sothern had her first real success, and a string of "Maisie" film sequels and radio plays took her through to the late forties. She appeared in A Letter to Three Wives in (1949) and the film earned her excellent reviews, but did not stimulate her career.

By the fifties she was rarely seen in films and was appearing regularly in television. She was the lead in the series Private Secretary from 1953 until 1957, and The Ann Sothern Show from 1958 until 1959. Both programs were very successful and earned Sothern four Emmy Award nominations, but a bout of hepatitis had left her with a bloated and overweight appearance, and she preferred not to be seen. In 1965 she was heard as the voice of the car in the series My Mother The Car.

She resumed working sporadically on television until the mid 1980s, including a television remake of her earlier success A Letter To Three Wives. Her final film role was in The Whales of August in 1987. Her role as the neighbour of elderly sisters, played by Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, with romantic interest provided by Vincent Price, brought Sothern an Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination.

She retired from acting, and died at her home in Ketchum, Idaho from heart failure.

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - for Motion Pictures, at 1612 Vine St, and for Television, at 1634 Vine St.


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She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - for Motion Pictures, at 1612 Vine St, and for Television, at 1634 Vine St. She has made few films since, the best-known being Nuns on the Run (1990), a rare comedy performance. She retired from acting, and died at her home in Ketchum, Idaho from heart failure. Her first film role was in 1971, in Nicholas and Alexandra, and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the Empress Alexandra. Her role as the neighbour of elderly sisters, played by Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, with romantic interest provided by Vincent Price, brought Sothern an Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. She appeared in many British television drama productions in the 1960s and early 1970s. Her final film role was in The Whales of August in 1987. Her marriage to director Trevor Nunn, which ended in divorce, was a famous theatrical alliance.

She resumed working sporadically on television until the mid 1980s, including a television remake of her earlier success A Letter To Three Wives. Suzman tends to run towards classical works, performing in many productions of Shakespeare plays, and in such works as The Three Sisters and Hedda Gabler. In 1965 she was heard as the voice of the car in the series My Mother The Car. Born in Johannesburg, she is a niece of anti-apartheid campaigner, Helen Suzman. Both programs were very successful and earned Sothern four Emmy Award nominations, but a bout of hepatitis had left her with a bloated and overweight appearance, and she preferred not to be seen. Janet Suzman (born February 9, 1939) is a South African actress. She was the lead in the series Private Secretary from 1953 until 1957, and The Ann Sothern Show from 1958 until 1959.

By the fifties she was rarely seen in films and was appearing regularly in television. She appeared in A Letter to Three Wives in (1949) and the film earned her excellent reviews, but did not stimulate her career. After years of trying, Sothern had her first real success, and a string of "Maisie" film sequels and radio plays took her through to the late forties. In a role originally intended for Jean Harlow, Sothern was cast as "Maisie", a bold, brassy but somewhat scatter-brained showgirl who was also an amateur detective.

After a string of films that failed to attract an audience, Sothern left RKO and was signed to MGM, making her first film for them in 1939. Born Harriette Arlene Lake in Valley City, North Dakota, Sothern began her film career as an extra in silent films in 1927. In 1934 she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures but after two years the studio released her from this contract, and she was signed by RKO Pictures in 1936. Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 - March 15, 2001) was a American film actress.

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