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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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Known For

Scarface
Scarface Poppy
(1932)
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread Mary Sims
(1934)
The Mask of Fu Manchu
The Mask of Fu Manchu Sheila Barton
(1932)
Black Fury
Black Fury Anna Novak
(1935)

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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
Beth
 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
Madalaine
 1935 The Healer
Evelyn Allen
 1935 Black Fury
Anna Novak
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Kathryn Phillips
 1934 Straight Is the Way
Bertha
 1934 The Crime Doctor
Andra
 1932 Flesh
Laura Nash
 1932 Downstairs
Karl's New Employer (uncredited)
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Consuela Fairbanks
 1932 Man About Town
Helena
 1932 Scarface
Poppy
 1932 Are You Listening?
Alice Grimes
 1931 Mata Hari
Carlotta
 1931 The Cuban Love Song
Crystal
 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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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Rachel Crothers' play "Susan and God," Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA. See more »

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1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

Hollywood folklore has it that she broke into films when she read lines with actors being tested for Greta Garbo's movie Inspiration (1931) in 1931. She was so convincing that director Clarence Brown cast her in a prime role. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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