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      Ann Sothern

      Ann Sothern

      Highest Rated: 100% A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Lady in a Cage (1964)

      Birthday: Jan 22, 1909

      Birthplace: Valley City, North Dakota, USA

      Singer and comedienne Ann Sothern turned heads and amused audiences via her ability to deliver sharp dialogue with verve and comedic bite. After appearances in Broadway musicals, Sothern earned her keep in B-movies, but finally hit her stride as a contract player at MGM, where she toplined the company's popular series of "Maisie" pictures. Although Sothern eventually tired of playing the brassy Brooklyn showgirl, audiences loved her in the role, and the actress also impressed with her turn in the critically acclaimed "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949). Upon hitting her forties, Sothern found fewer motion pictures opportunities, but her popularity was reignited with the sitcoms "Private Secretary" (CBS, 1953-57) and "The Ann Sothern Show" (CBS, 1958-1961), which earned Sothern several Emmy nominations. Her movie and television work slowed down in the decade that followed and an unfortunate accident during the 1970s gave Sothern back issues that rendered her unable to act for an extended period. She did manage to step before the cameras again, but unlike many veteran performers who end their career on a depressing note, Sothern exited the business with Lindsay Anderson's widely praised "The Whales of August" (1987), which earned her a long overdue Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Widely respected by both audiences and her peers for the sharp comedic ability she displayed for years in film and on television, Sothern earned her place in both mediums and enjoyed a solid and loyal fan base right up to the end of her life.

      Highest rated movies

      The Best Man
      A Letter to Three Wives
      Crazy Mama
      The Blue Gardenia
      The Whales of August
      The Manitou
      Lady in a Cage
      Words and Music

      Photos

      PANAMA HATTIE, from left: Ann Sothern, Jackie Horner, Dan Dailey, 1942 UNDERCOVER MAISIE, Ann Sothern, 1947 THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA, from left: Ann Sothern, Melvyn Douglas, 1943 APRIL SHOWERS, Ann Sothern, 1948 APRIL SHOWERS, Jack Carson, Ann Sothern, 1948 BROTHER ORCHID, Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, 1940 CONGO MAISIE, from left, John Carroll, Ann Sothern, 1940 LADY BE GOOD, Ann Sothern, 1941 CONGO MAISIE, Ann Sothern, 1940 THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA, from left: Ann Sothern, Richard Ainley, 1943 THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA, from left: Ann Sothern, Melvyn Douglas, 1943 WHALES OF AUGUST, (clockwise top l-r): Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, 1987, (c)Alive Films SWING SHIFT MAISIE, from left, Ann Sothern, James Craig, 1943 NANCY GOES TO RIO, Ann Sothern, Jane Powell, 1950 RINGSIDE MAISIE, from left: George Murphy, Ann Sothern, 1941 SHADOW ON THE WALL, Kristine Miller, Zachary Scott, Ann Sothern, 1950 RINGSIDE MAISIE, George Murphy, Ann Sothern, 1941 FAST AND FURIOUS, Ann Sothern, Franchot Tone, 1939 MAISIE GOES TO RENO, from left: John Hodiak, Ann Sothern, 1944 FIFTY ROADS TO TOWN, Ann Sothern, 1937, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      64% 66% The Whales of August Tisha Doughty (Character) $127.3K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Letter to Three Wives Ma Finney (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Dragons Angel (Character) - 1980
      45% 35% The Manitou Mrs. Karmann (Character) - 1978
      92% 39% Crazy Mama Sheba (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 88% Golden Needles Fenzie (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 39% The Killing Kind Thelma Lambert (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man's Whiskers Aunt Margaret Bancroft (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weekend Nun Mother Bonaventure (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Congratulations, It's a Boy! Ethel Gaines (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Death of Innocence Annie La Cossit (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest Mother of 'Em All Dolly Murdock (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chubasco Angela (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outsider Mrs. Kozzek (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sylvia Mrs. Argona/Grace Argona (Character) - 1965
      100% 90% The Best Man Sue Ellen Gamadge (Character) - 1964
      20% 64% Lady in a Cage Sade (Character) - 1964
      85% 62% The Blue Gardenia Crystal Carpenter (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 44% Nancy Goes to Rio Frances Elliott (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 56% Shadow on the Wall Dell Faring (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Peggy (Character) - 1949
      100% 86% A Letter to Three Wives Rita Phipps (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet April Showers June Tyme (Character) - 1948
      20% 61% Words and Music Joyce Harmon (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Undercover Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Goes to Reno Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Havoc Pat (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 55% Thousands Cheer Self - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swing Shift Maisie Maisie (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You, John Jones! Mary Jones (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Hearts for Julia Julia Seabrook (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 40% Panama Hattie Hattie Maloney (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We Must Have Music Self - 1942
      No Score Yet 33% Ringside Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Was a Lady Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 47% Lady Be Good Dixie Donegan Crane (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gold Rush Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Congo Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 67% Brother Orchid Florence "Flo" Addams (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dulcy Dulcy Ward (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Maisie Ravier/Mary Anastasia O'Connor (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 83% Fast and Furious Garda Sloane (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Ethel Turp (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel for Women Eileen Connelly (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trade Winds Jean Livingstone (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Got Everything Carol Rogers (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger, Love at Work Toni Pemberton (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 14% Super Sleuth Mary Strand (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There Goes My Girl Reporter Connie Taylor (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifty Roads To Town Millicent Kendall (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There Goes the Groom Betty Russell (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Number Eleanor Breen Medhill (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 38% My American Wife Mary Cantillon (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You May Be Next Fay Stevens (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smartest Girl in Town Frances `'Cookie'` Cooke (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Gamble With Love Jerry Edwards (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 20% Walking on Air Kit Bennett (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Mary Taylor (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hooray for Love Patricia Thatcher (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grand Exit Adrienne Martin (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Friend Linda Henry (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris Mimi (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 56% Kid Millions Joan Larrabee (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hell Cat Geraldine (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Party's Over Unknown (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody in Spring Jane Blodgett (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love Jean Kendall (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Date Kitty Taylor (Character) - 1934

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Della Spencer (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Gladys Crabtree/Mother's Voice (Voice) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953 1957 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ann Sothern Show Katy O'Connor (Character) 1958-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Secretary Susie McNamara (Character) 1953-1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957