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. In 2003 she won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She retired from acting, and died at her home in Ketchum, Idaho from heart failure. Tomlin was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1998. 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. Actually, Tomlin frequently referred to Wagner, but avoided saying point-blank that she herself was, in fact, gay. Her final film role was in The Whales of August in 1987. Tomlin came out in 2000 on the New York City cable-access TV program Gay USA.

She resumed working sporadically on television until the mid 1980s, including a television remake of her earlier success A Letter To Three Wives. In fact, many of her fans are unaware of her sexual orientation. In 1965 she was heard as the voice of the car in the series My Mother The Car. Though Tomlin is now open about being lesbian, the media doesn't focus on this aspect of her personal life. 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. Tomlin revived the show for a brief run in 2000. She was the lead in the series Private Secretary from 1953 until 1957, and The Ann Sothern Show from 1958 until 1959. The show won Tomlin a Tony Award.

By the fifties she was rarely seen in films and was appearing regularly in television. Tomlin starred in the 1985 hit one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time romantic partner, Jane Wagner. She appeared in A Letter to Three Wives in (1949) and the film earned her excellent reviews, but did not stimulate her career. Tomlin currently plays presidential assistant Deborah Fiderer on the TV show The West Wing. 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. Frizzle for the Magic School Bus cartoon series (1994-1997). 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. Tomlin also voiced of the character of Ms.

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. For example, she played Linnea Reese, a strait-laced mother of two deaf children who has an affair with a country singer played by Keith Carradine, in Nashville; secretary Violet Newstead in Nine to Five; and a sickly heiress in All of Me. 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. Tomlin is noted for her wide range. Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 - March 15, 2001) was a American film actress. AT&T offered Tomlin $500,000 to film a commercial using her character Ernestine, but Tomlin turned the offer down because she thought the commercial would compromise her artistic integrity. Tomlin joined the Laugh-In cast in 1969.

After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in Detroit nightclubs. Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theater and performing arts began. Tomlin was the daughter of a factory worker and a housewife who moved to Detroit from Paducah, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?") and the bratty five-year-old Edith Ann, rocking in her oversized rocking chair and making rude noises (famous for her line "And that's the truth!").

She first became well-known for her character skits on television's Laugh-In, in which she created several indelible characters that have stayed with her and become associated with her throughout her career, including the gum-chewing, wisecracking, snorting telephone operator Ernestine (famous for her lines "One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy" and "A gracious good morning to you .. Lily Tomlin (born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan), is an American actress and comedian.

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