Gladys George

 

Actress

 

 

 

1932

 

On June 10th, Elizabeth Patterson's friend Mrs. Hutchins came with her sister to see Baba. Baba went for another drive in the afternoon through Honolulu to the Huimalu Hotel and later to view a large fish aquarium. In the evening, they went to the theater and saw Gladys George in the play, A Church Mouse.

 

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Gladys George

from the trailer for the film Marie Antoinette (1938)
Born Gladys Clare Evans
September 13, 1904(1904-09-13)
Patten, Maine, U.S.
Died December 8, 1954 (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1919–1954
Spouse(s) Ben Erway (1922-1930) (divorced)
Edward Fowler (1933-1935) (divorced)
Leonard Penn (1935-1944) (divorced)
Kenneth Bradley (1946-1950) (divorced)

Gladys George (September 13, 1904[1] – December 8, 1954) was an American actress.

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Early life

She was born as Gladys Clare Evans on September 13, 1904[1] in Patten, Maine (Another source says Hatton, Maine;[2] a third source says "Gladys was born in a little town in Missouri, where the troupe her parents belonged to happened to be stranded at the time.")[3] to English parents. Her father was Sir Arthur Clare, "noted Shakespearean actor."[2]

 

 

Career

George went on the stage at the age of 3[3] and toured the United States, appearing with her parents. She starred on stage in the 1920s, although she had made several films in the early part of that decade. She starred in Personal Appearance, a comedy by Lawrence Riley. This role was reprised by Mae West in the classic film, Go West, Young Man, which West adapted from the play. In 1936 George was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Valiant Is the Word for Carrie.[4]

George's Broadway credits include The Distant City, Lady in Waiting, and The Betrothal.[5]

Her only other first billed roles were in Madame X (1937) and Love is a Headache.[6] She also appeared in The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Way of All Flesh (1940), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and He Ran All the Way (1951). She played the widow of Miles Archer (Iva Archer) in The Maltese Falcon and Mme. Du Barry in Marie Antoinette.

Her last successful roles were as Lute Mae Sanders in Flamingo Road, her brief appearance as the corrupt nurse Miss Hatch in Detective Story, and Lullaby of Broadway as the alcoholic mother of Doris Day's wholesome character.

 

 

Personal life

Gladys George was married and divorced four times.

 

  • On March 31, 1922, she and actor Ben Erway eloped and were married by a judge in Oakland, California.[7] "They were remarried in San Luis Obispo August 3 of the same year. They separated September 14, 1930."[8] The couple divorced in October 1930.[9]
  • Her second husband was millionaire paper manufacturer Edward Fowler, who walked out in 1933 after finding the actress in the arms of her leading man, Leonard Penn. At the time George was playing a nymphomaniacal star in the Broadway hit Personal Appearance.[10]
  • George and actor Leonard Penn were married in a probate court in New Haven, Connecticut, September 19, 1935.[11]
  • Her last husband Kenneth Bradley, whom she married when she was 46, was a hotel bellboy 20 years her junior.[12]

 

Health

George was afflicted with numerous ailments, including throat cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver.[12] She died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954 in Los Angeles, California, aged 50, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

 

Selected filmography

Film
Film Role Date Notes
Red Hot Dollars Janet Muir 1919 film debut
The Woman in the Suitcase Ethel 1920  
Below the Surface Alice 1920  
Homespun Folks Beulah Rogers 1920  
The Easy Road Isabel Grace 1921  
Chickens Julia Stoneman 1921  
The House that Jazz Built Lila Drake 1921  
Straight Is the Way Shirley 1934  
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Carrie Snyder 1936 Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only Academy Award for which Gladys George was ever nominated.
They Gave Him a Gun Rose Duffy 1937 Co-starred with Spencer Tracy.
Madame X Madame X/Jacqueline Fleuriot/Miss Pran 1937 Only film starring Gladys George to have been released on VHS.
Love Is a Headache Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee 1938  
Marie Antoinette Madame du Barry 1938 First time Gladys George portrayed a historical figure. First supporting role since Oscar nomination.
I'm from Missouri Julie Bliss 1939  
Here I Am a Stranger Clara Paulding 1939  
The Roaring Twenties Panama Smith 1939 James Cagney film with one of many substantial early supporting roles for Humphrey Bogart.
A Child Is Born Florette Laverne 1939  
The House Across the Bay Mary Bogel 1940  
The Maltese Falcon Iva Archer 1941  
The Crystal Ball Madame Zenobia 1943  
The Hard Way Lily Emery 1943  
The Best Years of Our Lives Hortense Derry 1946  
Millie's Daughter Millie Maitland 1947  
Flamingo Road Lute Mae Sanders 1949  
He Ran All the Way Mrs. Robey 1951  
Lullaby of Broadway Jessica Howard 1951  

 

 

References

 

  • "Family Tree Legends". Retrieved December 1, 2014. lists Gladys Clare Evans born September 13, 1904, Maine - died December 8, 1954, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Profile, imdb.com; accessed December 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. TCM

 

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