Glenda Farrell (1904–1971)

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Glenda Farrell began as the archetypal wisecracking blonde in 1930s gangland films like Little Caesar (1931) and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932). Diminutive, grey-eyed and undeniably sassy, she was a seasoned performer long before Warner Brothers snapped her up as a contract player in 1929. She made her debut on the stage as a 7 year-old ... See full bio »

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Known For

Girl Missing Kay Curtis
Blondes at Work Torchy Blane
The Adventurous Blonde Torchy Blane
Little Caesar Olga Stassoff


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 1970 Tiger by the Tail
Sarah Harvey
 1969 Bewitched (TV Series)
Hortense Rockeford
- The Battle of Burning Oak (1969) ... Hortense Rockeford
 1968 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Jeanette Anderson
- The Deadly Innocents (1968) ... Jeanette Anderson
 1964 The Disorderly Orderly
Dr. Jean Howard
 1964 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series)
Aunt Lulu
- The Liberated Woman (1964) ... Aunt Lulu
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Lulabelle 'Looney' Watkins
- The Pure Truth (1964) ... Lulabelle 'Looney' Watkins
 1964 Kissin' Cousins
Ma Tatum
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Mrs. Maggie Lambert
- Fatso (1963) ... Mrs. Maggie Lambert
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Vera Dennis
- The Exploiters (1963) ... Vera Dennis
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Mrs. Elizabeth Farragut
- Incident at Farragut Pass (1963) ... Mrs. Elizabeth Farragut
 1960-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Grace Smith / Mrs. Stevenson / Edna Huntington / ...
- Moment of Rage (1963) ... Grace Smith
- The Inner Panic (1962) ... Mrs. Stevenson
- The Woman Across the Hall (1961) ... Edna Huntington
- Summer Rhapsody (1961)
- Queen of the Orange Bowl (1960) ... Mrs. Rausch
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Martha Morrison
- A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 2 (1963) ... Martha Morrison
- A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 1 (1963) ... Martha Morrison
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
- Man Out of Time (1962) ... Laverne
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Edna Holley
- The Naked Heiress (1962) ... Edna Holley
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Ma Jukes
- Mighty Like Rogues (1962) ... Ma Jukes
 1961 Special for Women: The Glamour Trap (TV Movie)
Beauty Operator
 1961 Westinghouse Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Tale of Two Mothers (1961) ... Laura
 1961 A String of Beads (TV Movie)
 1961 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
Martha Roosevelt
- The Invincible Teddy (1961) ... Martha Roosevelt
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Mrs. Dan King
- The Widow from Richmond (1960) ... Mrs. Dan King
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Rose Frobisher
- A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden (1960) ... Rose Frobisher
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Belle MacAbee
- The Jess MacAbee Story (1959) ... Belle MacAbee
 1959 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Killers (1959) ... Landlady
 1959 The Bells of St. Mary's (TV Movie)
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Brady
- Night Club (1959) ... Mrs. Brady
 1959 Middle of the Night
Mrs. Mueller
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Maggie Arkins
- A Respectable Girl (1958) ... Maggie Arkins
 1949-1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Claire / Mrs. Endsley / Irene / ...
- The Edge of Truth (1958) ... Claire
- The Other Place (1958) ... Mrs. Endsley
- Miss Turner's Decision (1955) ... Irene
- June Moon (1949) ... Lucille Sears
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1956-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Momma / Stella Harvey / Alma Wilkes
- Polka (1957) ... Momma
- The Old Ticker (1957)
- The Last Showdown (1956) ... Stella Harvey
- The Man on Roller Skates (1956) ... Alma Wilkes
- Home Is the Hero (1956)
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Sarah Avery
- Federal Witness (1957) ... Sarah Avery
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mae Swasey
- The Marriage Broker (1957) ... Mae Swasey
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- Cracker Money (1956)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Eloise Schroeder
- Doll Face (1956) ... Eloise Schroeder
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
May Cooper
- Uncle Barney (1956) ... May Cooper
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- The Expendable House (1955) ... Mrs. Davis
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Dane
- Crime in the Streets (1955) ... Mrs. Dane
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- House of Hatred (1955)
 1954 Susan Slept Here
Maude Snodgrass
 1954 Secret of the Incas
Mrs. Winston
 1952-1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Serena Price
- The Straight and Narrow (1953) ... Serena Price
- The Darkroom (1952)
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Build-Box (1953)
 1953 Girls in the Night
Alice Haynes
 1952 Apache War Smoke
Fanny Webson
 1952 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
Christopher Cross
- Adventure of Christopher Cross (1952) ... Christopher Cross
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
- The Come-Back (1951) ... Dorine
 1951 Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Effie Flound
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1951) ... Effie Flound
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Gaudy Lady (1950)
 1948 Lulu Belle
Molly Benson
 1948 Mary Lou
Winnie Winford
 1948 I Love Trouble
Hazel Bixby
 1947 Heading for Heaven
Nora Elkins
 1944 Ever Since Venus
Babs Cartwright
 1943 Klondike Kate
 1943 A Night for Crime
Susan Cooper
 1943 City Without Men
Billie LaRue
 1942 The Talk of the Town
Regina Bush
 1942 Twin Beds
Sonya Cherupin
 1941 Johnny Eager
Mae Blythe
 1940 Breakdowns of 1939 (Short)
 1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor
Torchy Blane
 1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown
Torchy Blane
 1938 Torchy Gets Her Man
Torchy Blane
 1938 Exposed
'Click' Stewart
 1938 The Road to Reno
Sylvia Shane
 1938 Prison Break
Jean Fenderson
 1938 Stolen Heaven
 1938 Blondes at Work
Torchy Blane
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
 1937 The Adventurous Blonde
Torchy Blane
 1937 Breakfast for Two
Carol Wallace
 1937 Sunday Night at the Trocadero (Short)
Glenda Farrell
 1937 You Live and Learn
Mamie Wallis
 1937 Dance Charlie Dance
Fanny Morgan
 1937 Fly Away Baby
Torchy Blane
 1937 Smart Blonde
Torchy Blane
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Genevieve Larkin
 1936 Here Comes Carter
Verna Kennedy
 1936 High Tension
Edith McNeil
 1936 Nobody's Fool
Ruby Miller
 1936 The Law in Her Hands
Dorothy 'Dot' Davis
 1936 Snowed Under
Daisy Lowell
 1935 Miss Pacific Fleet
Mae O'Brien
 1935 Little Big Shot
 1935 We're in the Money
Dixie Tilton
 1935 In Caliente
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Molly Howard
 1935 Traveling Saleslady
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
Betty Hawes
 1934 The Secret Bride
Hazel Normandie
 1934 Kansas City Princess
Marie Callahan
 1934 The Personality Kid
Joan McCarty
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
 1934 Heat Lightning
Mrs. Tifton
 1934 I've Got Your Number
Bonnie - aka Madame Francis
 1934 Dark Hazard
Valerie 'Val' Wilson
 1934 Hi, Nellie
Gerry Krale
 1934 The Big Shakedown
Lily 'Lil' Duran
 1933 Havana Widows
Sadie Appleby
 1933 Man's Castle
Fay La Rue
 1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
Belle Saunders
 1933 Lady for a Day
Missouri Martin
 1933 Mary Stevens, M.D.
Glenda Carroll
 1933 Gambling Ship
Jeanne Sands
 1933 How to Break 90 #2: Position and Back Swing (Short)
The Golfer's Wife (uncredited)
 1933 The Keyhole
 1933 Girl Missing
Kay Curtis
 1933 Grand Slam
 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum
 1932 The Match King
 1932 Three on a Match
Vivian's Friend (uncredited)
 1932 Life Begins
Florette Darien
 1932 Scandal for Sale
Stella (uncredited)
 1931 Little Caesar
Olga Stassoff
 1930 The Lucky Break (Short)
The Inventor's Wife
 1929 Lucky Boy
Ziegbert's Secretary (uncredited)
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She acted in the play, "A Gift Horse," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Bert Wheeler in the cast. David Pressman was director. See more »

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Tommy Farrell


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[on the arrival of talkies] Not many actors could talk. So they shoved the ones that came from Broadway into everything. It all went so fast. I used to ask myself, 'What set am I on today? What script am I supposed to be doing - this one or that one? All I shouted for was a day off. We got it Sunday. But I had to stay in bed that one day to get ready for the next six days of shooting. I wonder if... See more »


In November 2018, she was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month. See more »

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