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Karen Morley (I) (1909–2003)

Born Mildred Linton in Ottumwa, Iowa on December 12, 1909, Karen Morley was adopted by a well-to-do family who moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s. She enrolled at Hollywood High School and studied for a career in medicine at UCLA, but a class in theater changed her career ambitions. After studying at Pasadena Playhouse, she was signed by Fox ... See full bio »

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 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
The Landlady
- Target Black (1975) ... The Landlady
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Mrs. Webber
- Knockover (1973) ... Mrs. Webber
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mrs. Roper
- The Praying Mantis Kills (1973) ... Mrs. Roper
 1953 Born to the Saddle
Kate Daggett
 1951 M
Mrs. Coster
 1949 Samson and Delilah (uncredited)
 1947 Framed
 1945 Jealousy
Dr. Monica Anderson
 1938 Kentucky
Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
 1937 On Such a Night
Gail Stanley
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Baroness Helene Rafitte
 1937 The Girl from Scotland Yard
Linda Beech
 1937 Outcast
Margaret Stevens
 1936 Devil's Squadron
Martha Dawson
 1935 The Littlest Rebel
Mrs. Cary
 1935 Thunder in the Night
 1935 The Healer
Evelyn Allen
 1935 Black Fury
Anna Novak
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Kathryn Phillips
 1934 Straight Is the Way
 1934 The Crime Doctor
 1932 Flesh
 1932 Downstairs
Karl's New Employer (uncredited)
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Consuela Fairbanks
 1932 Man About Town
 1932 Scarface
 1932 Are You Listening?
Alice Grimes
 1931 Mata Hari
 1931 The Cuban Love Song
 1931 High Stakes
Anne Cornwall
 1931 Politics
Myrtle Burns
 1931 Laughing Sinners
Estelle Seldon (photo in newspaper) (uncredited)
 1931 Daybreak
Emily Kessner
 1931 Strangers May Kiss
Dining Companion (uncredited)
 1931 Inspiration
Liane Latour
 1929 Thru Different Eyes
Bit Part (uncredited)
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I know I'm not pretty. I cannot make a place for myself on the screen as a beauty. I am not even an exciting person. There is, therefore, only one thing left. I must be an actress. And the more variety I can get, the more they will think of me as a capable actress. See more »


Originally a pretty starlet/ingenue in Hollywood, Morley's career was ruined 50 years ago by the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism. She has long been a staunch left-wing activist around the San Francisco area. Now in her 90s, she appeared in a Vanity Fair photoshoot featuring other surviving victims of the Blacklist in December, 1999. See more »

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