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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 25 June 1890Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 28 December 1978Los Angeles County, California, USA
Birth NameFrances Charlotte Greenwood
Nicknames Lady Longlegs
Letty
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charlotte Greenwood was born Frances Charlotte Greenwood on June 25, 1890, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a sickly child and her father left the family when she was very young. Charlotte grew into a healthy, six foot tall woman. She started her career dancing in vaudeville where she became known for her long legs. Her signature dance move was doing a high kick. She was nicknamed "Lady Longlegs". In 1915 Charlotte married actor Cyril Ring. She was deeply in love with him but he left her for another woman. Charlotte married songwriter Martin Broones in 1924. Although she dreamed of becoming a dramatic actress she had greater success in comedy. She starred in a series of stage shows playing a man crazy character named "Letty". The character became so popular that Charlotte starred in the movie version So Long Letty in 1929. She appeared in dozens of films including Down Argentine Way, Star Dust, and The Gang's All Here. Charlotte was usually cast as the comedic sidekick and became one the most recognizable character actresses. During World War 2 she joined the Hollywood Victory Caravan and traveled across the country with other film stars raising money. Charlotte returned to the stage in 1950 starring in Cole Porter's Out of This World. She was a devout Christian scientist and her faith made her turn down roles she felt were too risqué. In 1955 she played Aunt Eller in the hit musical Oklahoma. Charlotte made a few more films before retiring. She and Martin enjoyed a very happy marriage until his death in 1971. Charlotte died on December 28, 1977 from natural causes. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea. Since she had no children she left her personal papers to playwright William Luce.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elizabeth Ann

Spouse (2)

Martin Broones (22 December 1924 - 10 August 1971) (his death)
Cyril Ring (17 July 1915 - 6 August 1920) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Starred in musicals
Often worked with Betty Grable

Trivia (12)

Decidedly double-jointed vaudevillian best known as Aunt Eller in the movie version of Oklahoma! (1955).
Even when well into middle age, she could perform complete leg-splits as well as kick higher than the top of her own head - sideways!
Greenwood was the original choice to play "Aunt Eller" in the Broadway musical "Oklahoma!" In fact, the part was conceived with her in mind. Film commitments, however, kept her from doing the role and the part went to actress Betty Garde. As a testament to her popularity, Greenwood was asked to do the film version over a decade later.
Her first marriage to actor Cyril Ring, brother of screen legend Blanche Ring, ended in scandal after only six years; her second marriage to musician Martin Broones was long and happy.
Originally had a prominent part in the Broadway version of "Annie Get Your Gun". At the insistence of star Ethel Merman, the part was pared down to almost nothing. When a dispirited Greenwood gave co-producer Richard Rodgers notice, a sympathetic Rodgers replied, "Letty, I can hardly blame you.".
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 247-249. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
Although she died in 1977, her death was not reported to the public until Valentines Day 1978 when an obituary appeared in the New York Times, stating she had no known survivors and that she left her personal papers to playwright William Luce as per her final wishes.
Was a staunch Democrat and a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Tall, elastic-jointed nightclub dancer and zany comedienne, later in films, whose trademark was her high kick. Her eccentric humor was all the more incongruous on account of her aura of elegance in that fastidiously styled coiffure and those glamorous, magnificently tailored gowns in which she might appear.

Personal Quotes (1)

Temperament is temper that is too old to spark.

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