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Arlene Francis (1907–2001)


Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "I started out with one goal: I wanted to be a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Thrill of It All
The Thrill of It All Mrs. Fraleigh
(1963)
One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three Phyllis MacNamara
(1961)
All My Sons
All My Sons Sue Bayliss
(1948)
Too Much Johnson
Too Much Johnson Mrs. Clairette Dathis
(1938)

Filmography

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 1978 Fedora
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 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Betty Chumley
 1968/I Laura (TV Movie)
Mrs. Ann Treadwell
 1963 The Thrill of It All
Mrs. Fraleigh
 1962 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Evans
- The Mother Affair (1962) ... Mrs. Evans
 1961 One, Two, Three
Phyllis MacNamara
 1960-1961 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- The Big Splash (1961)
- When in Rome (1960)
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
Cardin
- The Man Who Got Away (1959) ... Cardin
 1957 The Arlene Francis Show (TV Series)
Host (1957-1958)
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Anne / Eddie Sloan
- Measure for Greatness (1953) ... Anne
- Mr. Finchley Versus the Bomb (1952) ... Eddie Sloan
 1953 Talent Patrol (TV Series)
Host (1954)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Eva
- Her Last Adventure (1952) ... Eva
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Sylvia Willis
- The Veil (1951) ... Sylvia Willis
 1951 The Clock (TV Series)
 1950 Sure As Fate (TV Series)
- The Dancing Doll (1950)
 1950 With These Hands
Jenny Brody
 1949 Your Big Moment (TV Series)
Host (1949-1952)
 1948 All My Sons
Sue Bayliss
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Arlene Francis (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Mrs. Clairette Dathis
 1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Woman of the Streets
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Harold J. Kennedy's play, "The Inkwell," Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on her 25 years on "What's My Line?"]: Who said where has the time gone? I watched it go and was grateful it had gone so well.

Trivia:

In 1960, her maid accidentally dropped a barbell from her apartment window or balcony, killing a passerby. Ms. Francis paid $175,000 in damages. See more »

Trademark:

Well known for her diamond heart-shaped necklace

Star Sign:

Libra

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