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Ann Sothern (1909–2001)

Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, for the comedy roles she began to get she bleached her hair blond. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid Millions (1934). For the next two ... See full bio »


(age 92) in Ketchum, Idaho, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Private Secretary
Private Secretary Susie McNamara
The Ann Sothern Show
The Ann Sothern Show Katy O'Connor
A Letter to Three Wives
The Whales of August
The Whales of August Tisha Doughty


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 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Miss Kirkeby
- High Rollers (1978) ... Miss Kirkeby
 1977 The Manitou
Mrs. Karmann
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Finch
- Chapter I (1976) ... Mrs. Finch
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Metulski
- The Moonlight Heater (1975) ... Mrs. Metulski
 1975 Crazy Mama
 1974 Golden Needles
 1973 The Killing Kind
Thelma Lambert
 1972 The Weekend Nun (TV Movie)
Mother Bonaventure
 1972 The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Movie)
Aunt Margaret Bancroft
 1972 Fol-de-Rol (TV Movie)
Queen Gertrude
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Blackjack Jenny
- Everything Else You Can Steal (1971) ... Blackjack Jenny
 1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears (TV Series)
- The Rivalry (1971)
 1971 A Death of Innocence (TV Movie)
Annie La Cossit
 1971 Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV Movie)
Ethel Gaines
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Della Spencer
- The Legacy of Spencer Flats (1971) ... Della Spencer
 1969 The Greatest Mother of Them All (Short)
Dolly Murdock
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mrs. Devlin (segment "Love and the Bachelor")
- Love and the Positive Man/Love and the Other Love/Love and the Bachelor (1969) ... Mrs. Devlin (segment "Love and the Bachelor")
 1964-1969 Insight (TV Series)
The Fading Actress / Fran Henderson
- Is the 11:59 Late This Year? (1969) ... The Fading Actress
- Boss Toad (1964) ... Fran Henderson
 1968 Family Affair (TV Series)
Florence Cahill
- A Man's Place (1968) ... Florence Cahill
 1967 The Outsider (TV Movie)
Mrs. Kozzek
 1967 Chubasco
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Aunt Magda
- The Carpathian Killer Affair (1967) ... Aunt Magda
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Widow Fay
- The Widow Fay (1965) ... Widow Fay
 1965 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
- Lucy and the Undercover Agent (1965) ... Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
- Lucy Helps the Countess (1965) ... Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
- Lucy and the Countess Have a Horse Guest (1965) ... Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
- Lucy and the Old Mansion (1965) ... Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
- Lucy and the Countess Lose Weight (1965) ... Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
 1965 Sylvia
Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Helen Cox
- Water's Edge (1964) ... Helen Cox
 1964 Lady in a Cage
 1964 The Best Man
Sue Ellen Gamadge
 1962 Atta Boy, Mama (TV Movie)
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
- Night Out (1959) ... Martha
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Christine Emerson
- With No Regrets (1957) ... Christine Emerson
 1955 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
Flora Sibley
- State of Confusion (1955) ... Flora Sibley
 1954 Lady in the Dark (TV Movie)
Liza Elliot
 1953 The Blue Gardenia
Crystal Carpenter
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Let George Do It (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Lady with a Will (1952)
 1950 Nancy Goes to Rio
Frances Elliott
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Ann Sothern
 1943 You, John Jones! (Short)
Mary Jones
 1940 Dulcy
Dulcy Ward
 1940 Brother Orchid
Flo Addams
 1939 Hotel for Women
Eileen Connelly
 1938 Trade Winds
Jean Livingstone
 1937 She's Got Everything
Carol Rogers
 1937 There Goes the Groom
Betty Russell
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Ann Sothern - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
Toni Pemberton
 1937 Super-Sleuth
Mary Strand
 1937 Fifty Roads to Town
Millicent Kendall
 1937 There Goes My Girl
Reporter Connie Taylor
 1937 Dangerous Number
Eleanor Breen Medhill
 1936 Smartest Girl in Town
Frances Cooke
 1936 Walking on Air
Kit Bennett
 1936 My American Wife
Mary Cantillon
 1936 Don't Gamble with Love
Ann Edwards
 1936 Hell-Ship Morgan
Mary Taylor
 1936 You May Be Next!
Fay Stevens
 1935 Grand Exit
Adrienne Martin / Adeline Maxwell
 1935 The Girl Friend
Linda Henry
 1934 Kid Millions
Joan Larrabee
 1934 The Party's Over
Ruth Walker
 1934 Blind Date
 1934 The Hell Cat
Geraldine Sloane
 1934 Melody in Spring
Jane Blodgett
 1933 Let's Fall in Love
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Chorine (uncredited)
 1930 Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1930 The March of Time
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1930 Doughboys
Chorine (uncredited)
 1930 Good News
Student (uncredited)
 1930 Song of the West
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'Meet My Sister' & 'Bicycle Built for Two' Numbers (as Harriet Byron)
 1927 Broadway Nights
Showgirl (uncredited)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (20 credits)
Show Show Self (31 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Other Works:

(3/20/45) Radio: Appeared (as "Miss Dilly") in a "This Is My Best" production of "Miss Dilly Says No". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harriet Byron | Harriette Lake | Joan Larrabee | Foxy McNamara | Ann Southern


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Hollywood sold its stars on good looks and personality build-ups. We weren't really actresses in the true sense. We were just big names--the products of a good publicity department. Today's crop of actresses and actors have real talent. Good looks are no longer an essential part of the business. See more »


In her role as Susie McNamara on Private Secretary (1953) (which ran 1953-1958), Sothern played the first working woman on an American TV sitcom. See more »

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