Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern

  • Born on
    • January 22nd, 1909
  • Died on
    • March 15th, 2001
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American actress who worked on stage, radio, film, and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl. The character, based on the Maisie short stories by Nell Martin, proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series (Congo Maisie, Gold Rush Maisie, Up Goes Maisie, etc.) and a network radio series (The Adventures of Maisie). In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary. The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, The Ann Sothern Show, which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree, the title character in the sitcom My Mother the Car. She continued her career throughout the late 1960s with stage and film appearances and guest-starring roles on television. Due to health issues, she worked sporadically during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1987, Sothern appeared in her final film The Whales of August, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Sothern earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. After filming concluded, she retired to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years before her death from heart failure in March 2001. Lucille Ball called Sothern "the best comedian in the business, bar none."


Acting (25 Credits)

1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1987The Whales of August as Tisha Doughty
1978The Manitou as Mrs. Karmann
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975Crazy Mama as Sheba
1973The Killing Kind as Thelma Lambert
1965My Mother the Car as Gladys Crabtree
1964The Best Man as Sue Ellen Gamadge
1964Lady in a Cage as Sade
1953The Blue Gardenia as Crystal Carpenter
1950Shadow on the Wall as Dell Faring
1950Nancy Goes to Rio as Frances Elliott
1949A Letter to Three Wives as Rita Phipps
1948Words and Music as Joyce Harmon
1943Cry 'Havoc' as Pat
1943Thousands Cheer as Ann Sothern
1941Maisie Was a Lady as Maisie Ravier
1941Lady Be Good as Dixie Donegan Crane
1940Brother Orchid as Florence 'Flo' Addams
1939Maisie as Maisie Ravier / Mary Anastasia O'Connor
1939Fast and Furious as Garda Sloane
1938Trade Winds as Jean Livingstone
1934Kid Millions as Joan Larrabee
1930Whoopee! as Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
1930Madam Satan as Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)

Herself (1 Credits)

1937Ali Baba Goes to Town as Herself


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