Ann Sothern (1909–2001)

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Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, she began to bleach her hair blonde for comedy roles. 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 years, Ann would ... 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

The Whales of August Tisha Doughty
Private Secretary Susie McNamara
The Ann Sothern Show Katy O'Connor


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 1987 The Whales of August
Tisha Doughty
 1985 A Letter to Three Wives (TV Movie)
Ma Finney
 1979 The Little Dragons
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Miss Kirkeby
- High Rollers (1978) ... Miss Kirkeby
 1978 The Manitou
Mrs. Karmann
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Finch
- Chapter I (1976) ... Mrs. Finch
 1975 Crazy Mama
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Metulski
- The Moonlight Heater (1975) ... Mrs. Metulski
 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 Caper Affair (1967) ... Aunt Magda
 1965-1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Gladys Crabtree
- Desperate Minutes (1966) ... Gladys Crabtree (voice)
- When You Wish Upon a Car (1966) ... Gladys Crabtree (voice)
- The Blabbermouth (1966) ... Gladys Crabtree (voice)
- Absorba the Greek (1966) ... Gladys Crabtree (voice)
- It Might as Well Be Spring as Not (1966) ... Gladys Crabtree (voice)
 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)
 1958-1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Katy O'Connor
- The Invitation (1961) ... Katy O'Connor
- The Beginning (1961) ... Katy O'Connor
- The Wedding (1961) ... Katy O'Connor
- Vamp 'Til Ready (1961) ... Katy O'Connor
- Pandora (1961) ... Katy O'Connor
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
- Night Out (1959) ... Martha
 1957 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Susie MacNamara
- Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana (1957) ... Susie MacNamara
 1953-1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Susie McNamara
- Two and Two Make Five (1957) ... Susie McNamara
- Thy Name Is Sands (1957) ... Susie McNamara
- The Efficiency Expert (1957) ... Susie McNamara
- Not Quite Paradise (1957) ... Susie McNamara
- That's No Lady, That's an Agent (1957) ... Susie McNamara
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Christine Emerson
- With No Regrets (1957) ... Christine Emerson
 1955 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Flora Sibley
- State of Confusion (1955) ... Flora Sibley
 1954 Lady in the Dark (TV Movie)
Liza Elliot
 1953 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Fraulein Helga-Flugelmeyer Skit
- Flugelmeyer's Secret Formula (1953) ... Fraulein Helga-Flugelmeyer Skit
 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 Shadow on the Wall
Dell Faring
 1950 Nancy Goes to Rio
Frances Elliott
 1949 A Letter to Three Wives
Rita Phipps
 1948 Words and Music
Joyce Harmon
 1948 April Showers
June Tyme
 1948 The Judge Steps Out
 1947 Undercover Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1946 Up Goes Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1944 Maisie Goes to Reno
Maisie Ravier
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
Pat Conlin
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Ann Sothern
 1943 Swing Shift Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1943 Three Hearts for Julia
Julia Seabrook
 1943 You, John Jones! (Short)
Mary Jones
 1942 Panama Hattie
Hattie Maloney
 1942 Maisie Gets Her Man
Maisie Ravier
 1941 Lady Be Good
Dixie Donegan
 1941 Ringside Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1941 Maisie Was a Lady
Maisie Ravier
 1940 Dulcy
Dulcy Ward
 1940 Gold Rush Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1940 Brother Orchid
Flo Addams
 1940 Congo Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 1939 Fast and Furious
Garda Sloane
 1939 Hotel for Women
Eileen Connelly
 1939 Maisie
Maisie Ravier
 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
 1935 Hooray for Love
Patricia Thatcher
 1935 Eight Bells
Marge Walker
 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 The March of Time
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1930 Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1930 Madam Satan
Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
 1930 Doughboys
Chorine (scenes deleted)
 1930 Good News
Student (uncredited)
 1930 Song of the West
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 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 (21 credits)
Show Show Self (36 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(5/17/44) Radio: Appeared on "Orson Welles' Almanac". 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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[on her long-time friend Lucille Ball and her second series, The Ann Sothern Show (1958)] Lucy used to complain that she got all the parts I turned down. Now I produce the show, and she owns the studio. I guess that settles that. See more »


Became a grandmother for the first time at age 57 when her daughter Tisha Sterling gave birth to a daughter, Heidi K. Baum, on March 3, 1966. See more »

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