Kay Francis (I) (1905–1968)

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Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era. Yet, for a while in the 1930s she ranked as one of America's most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers'. By 1935, she earned a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000). The daughter of actress Katherine Clinton and ... See full bio »

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Mandalay Tanya Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie Lang
Trouble in Paradise Mariette Colet
Raffles Gwen
One Way Passage Joan Ames


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 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Consider the Lillies (1951) ... Alice
 1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Dorothy Hilton
- Call It a Day (1950) ... Dorothy Hilton
 1946 Wife Wanted
Carole Raymond
 1945 Allotment Wives
Sheila Seymour
 1945 Divorce
Dianne Carter
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Kay Francis
 1942 Between Us Girls
Christine 'Chris' Bishop
 1942 Always in My Heart
Marjorie Scott
 1941 The Feminine Touch
Nellie Woods
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez
 1941 The Man Who Lost Himself
Adrienne Scott
 1941 Play Girl
Grace Herbert
 1940 Little Men
 1940 When the Daltons Rode
Julie King
 1940 It's a Date
Georgia Drake
 1939 In Name Only
Maida Walker
 1939 Women in the Wind
Janet Steele
 1939 King of the Underworld
Carole Nelson
 1938 Comet Over Broadway
Eve Appleton
 1938 Secrets of an Actress
Fay Carter
 1938 My Bill
Mary Colbrook
 1938 Women Are Like That
Claire Landin
 1937 First Lady
Lucy Chase Wayne
 1937 Confession
Vera Kowalska
 1937 Another Dawn
Julia Ashton Wister
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Nicole Picot
 1936 Give Me Your Heart
Belinda Warren
 1936 The White Angel
Florence 'Flo' Nightingale
 1935 I Found Stella Parish
Stella Parish
 1935 The Goose and the Gander
 1935 Stranded
Lynn Palmer
 1935 Living on Velvet
Amy Prentiss
 1934 British Agent
Elena Moura
 1934 Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica Braden
 1934 Wonder Bar
Liane Renaud
 1934 Mandalay
Tanya Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie Lang
 1933 The House on 56th Street
Peggy Martin
 1933 I Loved a Woman
Laura McDonald
 1933 Mary Stevens, M.D.
Mary Stevens
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Irina Radovic
 1933 The Keyhole
Anne Vallee Brooks
 1932 Cynara
Clemency Warlock
 1932 Trouble in Paradise
Mariette Colet
 1932 One Way Passage
Joan Ames
 1932 Jewel Robbery
Baroness Teri
 1932 Street of Women
Natalie 'Nat' Upton
 1932 Man Wanted
Lois Ames
 1932 Strangers in Love
Diana Merrow
 1931 The False Madonna
 1931 Girls About Town
Wanda Howard
 1931 24 Hours
Fanny Towner
 1931 Guilty Hands
Marjorie West
 1931 Transgression
Elsie Maury
 1931 The Vice Squad
Alice Morrison
 1931 Ladies' Man
Norma Page
 1931 Scandal Sheet
Edith Flint
 1930 Passion Flower
Dulce Morado
 1930 The Virtuous Sin
Marya Ivanova Sablin
 1930 Let's Go Native
Constance Cook
 1930 For the Defense
Irene Manners
 1930 Raffles
 1930 A Notorious Affair
Countess Olga Balakireff
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Carmen - Epsiode 'The Toreador'
 1930 Street of Chance
Alma Marsden
 1930 Behind the Make-Up
Kitty Parker
 1929 The Marriage Playground
Lady Wrench
 1929 Illusion
Zelda Paxton
 1929 Dangerous Curves
Zara Flynn
 1929 The Cocoanuts
Penelope Martin
 1929 Gentlemen of the Press
Myra May (as Katherine Francis)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1949) She acted in Rachel Crothers' play, "Let Us Be Gay," in a Kenley Players production in Lakewood Park Theatre in Barnesville, Pennsylvania. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 9 Articles | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Katherine Francis


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Kenneth MacKenna  (divorced) | See more »


Joseph Gibbs | Katherine Clinton


George Francis (grandparent) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

A dog has kindliness in his heart and dignity in his demeanor--the finest qualities anyone can have.


Because of a speech impediment, she was known around the Paramount lot as "the wavishing Kay Fwancis." See more »

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