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Lillian Roth (1910–1980)

Tragic songstress Lillian Roth (nee Lillian Rutstein), born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 13, 1910, was given her first name in honor of singer Lillian Russell. She was the daughter of daunting stage parents who groomed her and younger sister Anne for stardom at an early age. The girls did not disappoint. In 1916, Lillian moved with her ... See full bio »

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 1979 Night-Flowers
Deaf Neighbor
 1979 Boardwalk
 1976 Alice Sweet Alice
Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Irene Contino
- Child of Trouble (1957) ... Irene Contino
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Outcast (1955) ... Elaine
 1939 Snow Follies (Short)
Lillian Roth, Singer
 1939 Arcade Varieties (Short)
Lillian Roth
 1939 With Best Dishes (Short)
 1934 Masks and Memories (Short)
 1934 Story Conference (Short)
Lillian Roth
 1933 Take a Chance
Wanda Hill
 1933 Million Dollar Melody (Short)
 1933 Ladies They Talk About
 1933 Ain't She Sweet (Short)
Lillian Roth
 1932 Down Among the Sugar Cane (Short)
Lillian Roth
 1930 Meet the Boyfriend (Short)
 1930 Naughty-Cal (Short)
 1930 Sea Legs
 1930 Madam Satan
 1930 Galas de la Paramount
Lillian Roth - Episode 'Love Time'
 1930 Honey
Cora Falkner
 1929 The Love Parade
 1929 Illusion
Revolutionary Rhythm Dance Specialty
 1929 Raising the Roof (Short)
 1929 Lillian Roth and the Foster Girls (Short)
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Show Show Self (18 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play. Penrod. Written by Edward E. Rose from the stories by Booth Tarkington. Directed by Dudley Digges and Edward E. Rose. Globe Theatre (moved to Punch and Judy Theatre on 7 Oct 1918 to close): 2 Sep 1918- Nov 1918 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Bevor Alverez, William F. Canfield, Helen Chandler, Jack ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Miss Lillian Roth


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Personal Quote:

My life was never my own. It was charted before I was born.


In 1953 Ralph Edwards aired Lillian's tragic story on a special telecast of his This Is Your Life (1952) series. It drew the largest amount of mail in the show's history. See more »



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