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Shirley Ross (I) (1913–1975)

Blonde, vivacious and obviously talented, Shirley Ross had the promisings of a big musical film star but her career remained strictly second-string throughout her fairly short career. Making a mark for herself proved difficult; in fact, she is best remembered through her pairing with an entertainment legend. Shirley was afforded the opportunity of... See full bio »

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Known For

Waikiki Wedding Georgia Smith
Prison Farm Jean Forest
Manhattan Melodrama Singer in Cotton Club
San Francisco Trixie


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 1945 A Song for Miss Julie
Valerie Kimbro
 1941 Sailors on Leave
Linda Hall
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
Juliet Marsden
 1939 Unexpected Father
Dianna Donovan
 1939 Some Like It Hot
Lily Racquel
 1939 Cafe Society
Bells Browne
 1939 Paris Honeymoon
Barbara Wayne aka Countess De Remi
 1938/II Thanks for the Memory
Anne Merrick
 1938 Prison Farm
Jean Forest
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
Cleo Fielding
 1937 Blossoms on Broadway
Sally Shea
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Georgia Smith
 1936 Hideaway Girl
Toni Ainsworth
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Gwen Holmes
 1936 San Francisco
 1936 Devil's Squadron
 1935 It's in the Air
Cigar Stand Clerk (uncredited)
 1935 I Live My Life
Vi - drunken party guest dozing in armchair next to piano (uncredited)
 1935 Calm Yourself
Mrs. Ruth Rockwell
 1935 Age of Indiscretion
 1935 Two Hearts in Wax Time (Short)
Shirley (uncredited)
 1935 Buried Loot (Short)
Girl in Apartment (uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Widow
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1934 What Price Jazz (Short)
 1934 Hollywood Party
Singer of 'Feelin' High' (uncredited)
 1934 Manhattan Melodrama
Singer in Cotton Club
 1934 Morocco Nights (Short)
 1934 Jailbirds of Paradise (Short)
Shirley Ross
 1933 Bombshell
Singer (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared as Sandy Moore in "Higher and Higher" at the Schubert Theater in New York, New York, USA. 84 performances. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Book by Gladys Hurlbut, Based on an idea by Irving Pincus; Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Conducted by Al Goodman. Choreographed by Robert Alton. Scenic Design... See more »

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[on her decision to devote herself to her children rather than nurse any lingering hopes of reviving her long-dormant career, a decision made manifest by her choice in 1950 to decline an offer by composer Frank Loesser to star in the Broadway-bound production of 'Guys and Dolls'] It's tough enough being an adult, but growing up is a stinkin' job, and kids need all the help they can get. I've ... See more »


Also notable for singing "The Bad In Every Man" in Manhattan Melodrama (1934), made up, none too convincingly, as a woman of mixed racial ancestry in a scene set in Harlem's Cotton Club. When this song - now on its second set of lyrics after having been written, though never recorded, as "Prayer," for Hollywood Party (1934) - once again failed to become a hit, it was re-written one last time. ... See more »

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