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Karen Morley (I) (1909–2003)


Born Mildred Linton in Ottumwa, Iowa on December 12, 1909, Karen Morley was adopted by a well-to-do family who moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s. She enrolled at Hollywood High School and studied for a career in medicine at UCLA, but a class in theater changed her career ambitions. After studying at Pasadena Playhouse, she was signed by Fox ... See full bio »

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Known For

Scarface
Scarface Poppy
(1932)
Dinner at Eight
Dinner at Eight Mrs. Lucy Talbot
(1933)
The Mask of Fu Manchu
The Mask of Fu Manchu Sheila Barton
(1932)
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread Mary Sims
(1934)

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 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
The Landlady
- Target Black (1975) ... The Landlady
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Mrs. Webber
- Knockover (1973) ... Mrs. Webber
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mrs. Roper
- The Praying Mantis Kills (1973) ... Mrs. Roper
 1953 Born to the Saddle
Kate Daggett
 1951 M
Mrs. Coster
 1949 Samson and Delilah (uncredited)
 1947 Framed
Beth
 1947 The Thirteenth Hour
Eileen Blair
 1946 The Unknown
Rachel Martin Arnold
 1945 Jealousy
Dr. Monica Anderson
 1940 Pride and Prejudice
Mrs. Collins
 1938 Kentucky
Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
 1937 On Such a Night
Gail Stanley
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Baroness Helene Rafitte
 1937 The Girl from Scotland Yard
Linda Beech
 1937 Outcast
Margaret Stevens
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Cathleen O'Brien
 1936 Devil's Squadron
Martha Dawson
 1935 The Littlest Rebel
Mrs. Cary
 1935 Thunder in the Night
Madalaine
 1935 The Healer
Evelyn Allen
 1935 $10 Raise
Emily Converse
 1935 Black Fury
Anna Novak
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Kathryn Phillips
 1934 Straight Is the Way
Bertha
 1934 Our Daily Bread
Mary Sims
 1934 The Crime Doctor
Andra
 1933 Dinner at Eight
Mrs. Lucy Talbot
 1933 Gabriel Over the White House
Pendola Molloy
 1932 Flesh
Laura Nash
 1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu
Sheila Barton
 1932 The Phantom of Crestwood
Jenny Wren
 1932 Downstairs
Karl's New Employer (uncredited)
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Consuela Fairbanks
 1932 Man About Town
Helena
 1932 Scarface
Poppy
 1932 Are You Listening?
Alice Grimes
 1932 Arsène Lupin
Sonia
 1931 Mata Hari
Carlotta
 1931 The Cuban Love Song
Crystal
 1931 High Stakes
Anne Cornwall
 1931 Politics
Myrtle Burns
 1931 Laughing Sinners
Estelle Seldon (photo in newspaper) (uncredited)
 1931 Never the Twain Shall Meet
Maisie Morrison
 1931 Daybreak
Emily Kessner
 1931 Strangers May Kiss
Dining Companion (uncredited)
 1931 Inspiration
Liane Latour
 1929 Thru Different Eyes
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in W. Somerset Maugham's play, "The Circle," Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA. See more »

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1 Article | 4 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
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Personal Quote:

I think Poppy (Scarface (1932)) was my favorite role. . . I always liked playing poor girls who have their sights on something. That's the most colorful character. You can show off. . . See more »

Trivia:

Originally a pretty starlet/ingenue in Hollywood, Morley's career was ruined 50 years ago by the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism. She has long been a staunch left-wing activist around the San Francisco area. Now in her 90s, she appeared in a Vanity Fair photoshoot featuring other surviving victims of the Blacklist in December, 1999. See more »

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Sagittarius

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