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Frances Gifford (1920–1994)

Frances Gifford had a somewhat unorthodox introduction to the movie business. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, she had no ambition to be an actress, and in fact had applied to UCLA when, at age 16, she and a friend got to visit the Samuel Goldwyn Studios, where they watched a movie being shot. A studio exec saw her and asked if she would... See full bio »

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The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon Doris (Studio Artist)
Tarzan Triumphs
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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes


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 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1953 Sky Commando
Jo McWethy
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Grey Gardens (1953) ... Margaret
 1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
- Adopted Son (1952)
 1950 Riding High
Margaret Higgins
 1948 Luxury Liner
Laura Dene
 1947 Little Mister Jim
Jean Tukker
 1947 The Arnelo Affair
Anne Parkson
 1945 She Went to the Races
Dr. Ann Wotters
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Viola Johnson
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
Maude Bancroft
 1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair
Sissy Mortimer
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
 1943 Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour
Hilary Dane
 1942 American Empire
Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
 1942 My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Grace Saunders
 1942 The Glass Key
 1942 Beyond the Blue Horizon
Charlotte (uncredited)
 1942 The Remarkable Andrew
Miss Halsey
 1941 Louisiana Purchase
Salesgirl (uncredited)
 1941 West Point Widow
 1941/I The Reluctant Dragon
Doris (Studio Artist)
 1940 Forty Little Mothers
Granville Girl (uncredited)
 1939 Mercy Plane
Brenda Gordon
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Hopper Girl (uncredited)
 1938 Sky Giant
Stewardess (uncredited)
 1938 Having Wonderful Time
Salesgirl (uncredited)
 1938 Maid's Night Out
Ticket Seller - Octopus Concession (uncredited)
 1938 Night Spot
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1937 Living on Love
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1937 There Goes the Groom
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1937 Stage Door
Mary McGuire (uncredited)
 1937 The Big Shot
Bertram's Secretary (uncredited)
 1937 New Faces of 1937
Showgirl (as Mary Gifford)
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Mary Gifford


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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She suffered serious head injuries in an auto accident in 1948. After continued repercussions, she was admitted to Camarillo State Hospital in 1958. She was released in 1978.

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