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Helen Morgan (I) (1900–1941)

Before the tragic legacies of songbird icons Édith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland took hold, there was the one...the original...lady who sang the blues and started the whole "bawl" rolling. Like her successors, Helen Morgan lived the sad songs she sang...and more. She started her life fittingly enough on August 2, 1900 in very humble ... See full bio »

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 1936 Show Boat
 1936 Frankie and Johnnie
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Luana Wells
 1935 Sweet Music
Helen Morgan
 1934 Marie Galante
 1934 You Belong to Me
Bonnie Kay
 1934 The Doctor (Short)
 1933 Manhattan Lullaby (Short)
 1931 The Gigolo Racket (Short)
Helen Marlowe
 1930 Roadhouse Nights
Lola Fagan
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl
Helen Morgan - Appearance in Revue Scenes
 1923 Six Cylinder Love
Extra (uncredited)
 1923 The Heart Raider
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Other Works:

She also played Julie in Orson Welles's non-musical radio production of "Show Boat", broadcast on "The Campbell Playhouse". See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

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Made her talking picture debut (after uncredited appearances in two silent films) in the hastily put together prologue to the 1929 part-talking version of Show Boat (1929), in which she sang the songs she performed in the stage version, but did not actually play the role of Julie Laverne in the film. This was played by Alma Rubens. She finally got the chance to play Julie on-screen in the first ... See more »

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