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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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Known For

Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers Arabella Rittenhouse
(1930)
The Love Parade
(1929)
Alice Sweet Alice
Alice Sweet Alice Pathologist
(1976)
Ain't She Sweet?
(1933)

Filmography

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 1979 Night-Flowers
Deaf Neighbor
 1979 Boardwalk
Ruth
 1976 Alice Sweet Alice
Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth also)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Irene Contino
- Child of Trouble (1957) ... Irene Contino
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Nurse
- Man in Seven League Boots (1956) ... Nurse
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Elaine
- Outcast (1955) ... Elaine
 1939 With Best Dishes (Short)
Singer
 1934 Masks and Memories (Short)
Julie
 1933 Take a Chance
Wanda Hill
 1933 Million Dollar Melody (Short)
 1933 Ladies They Talk About
Linda
 1931 Puff Your Blues Away (Short)
 1930 Meet the Boyfriend (Short)
Lillian
 1930 Naughty-Cal (Short)
Lillian
 1930 Sea Legs
Adrienne
 1930 Madam Satan
Trixie
 1930 Honey
Cora Falkner
 1929 The Love Parade
Lulu
 1929 Illusion
Revolutionary Rhythm Dance Specialty
 1929 Raising the Roof (Short)
 1929 Lillian Roth and the Foster Girls (Short)
Lillian
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Other Works:

Stage Play. 70, Girls, 70. Musical. Book by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Book adapted by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play "Breath of Spring" by Peter Coke. Musical Director: Oscar Kosarin. Vocal arrangements by Oscar Kosarin. Music orchestrated by Don Walker. Dance arrangements by ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Miss Lillian Roth also

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

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 »

Nickname:

Butterfingers

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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