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Among England’s more unusual rock and roll outfits from the 1970s, Amazing Blondel were a trio whose users played devices internet dating from medieval to Elizabethan moments, and tracks styled to people intervals. The group contains three music artists from Scunthorpe, Britain: John David Gladwin (lute, oboe, cittern, dual bass), Terry Wincott (tube body organ, harmonium, cittern, recorders, flute, crumhorn, tabor tube, ocarina, electric guitar), and Edward Baird (electric guitar, guitern, percussion). Gladwin and Wincott have been delivered in Scunthorpe and went to school jointly, where they crossed pathways with Hampshire-born, Scunthorpe-raised Baird. Gladwin and Wincott have been in several rock and roll & roll rings in school jointly, and afterward shaped a group known as the Dimples. In 1966, they shaped Gospel Backyard, with Craig Austin, Steve Cox, and Jeff Tindall, who were able to keep behind several demo paths that reveal them being a pop-psychedelic clothing, and Gospel Backyard progressed into Methuselah. This is a hard-rocking music group with both a intensifying bent along with a folk bent, the second option attributes embodied within an acoustic interlude that Gladwin and Wincott utilized to play in the center of the band’s arranged. Methuselah experienced managed the nice trick to getting authorized to a U.S. label (Elektra Information) with out a saving contract within their indigenous England, however they didn’t last at night second of the three-album offer (which second LP had not been only by no means released, but disappeared with out a trace, based on Wincott). Gladwin and Wincott wearied of Methuselah’s high-wattage audio, and of playing displays where the devices had been so noisy that it had been impossible to listen to themselves performing or what these were playing; they favored the acoustic area of the group’s units, where they’d briefly used middle stage, and since those acoustic shows had opted over well with viewers, the duo relocated in that path. At that time, there was the start of a rebirth appealing in middle ages and Renaissance music occurring in neuro-scientific serious music, beneath the assistance of figures such as for example Roger Norrington and David Munrow — folk music artists such as for example Bert Jansch and works like the Pentangle had been also exploring a few of this music within their very own way, and also groups just like the Moving Stones got used the plunge into Renaissance-inspired noises on songs such as for example “Female Jane.” Gladwin and Wincott paid attention to a number of the materials emerging through the significant scholarly field and their folk and rock and roll equivalents, however they also reached out towards the faux middle ages balladry recalled from tv shows from the 1950s. They exercised a fresh repertory of tracks that sounded a couple of hundred years outdated, and find the name Blondel, on the suggestion of 1 listener, produced from the renowned courtroom musician of Ruler Richard I (Richard the Lionhearted), and afterwards extended it to Amazing Blondel. In 1970, with help from many musicians, including famous English guitarist Big Jim Sullivan and drummer Clem Cattini, they documented a self-titled recording acknowledged to “The Amazing Blondel,” that was released around the recently created U.K. department of Bell Information (which later on managed to drop the grasp tapes towards the recording). That recording was nearer to a mainstream rock and roll documenting than other things the group ever released, with components of psychedelia lurking about and also a blues impact evident in a few from the materials, although three archaic-sounding amounts, “Saxon Female,” “Period of the entire year,” and “Shepherd’s Tune,” pointed the best way to their following work. Baird became a member of Gladwin and Wincott to produce a trio immediately after the documenting was completed, and their audio filled out very well — being a trio, that they had a fuller musical palette, and Gladwin quickly surfaced as the utmost prolific songwriter from the three. After starting for the music group Free in a concert, the users of this group organized for Amazing Blondel to meet up and audition for Chris Blackwell of Isle Information. Although Isle experienced started out like a ska and reggae label, the business experienced lately relocated into progressive rock and roll in a significant method, with licensing offers involving the 1st releases of Ruler Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Amazing Blondel arrived at just the proper time to obtain the offer of the agreement from Blackwell, having a good-sized progress as well. Right now they go about honing their audio on-stage in addition to in the studio room. The trio became known for playing up to 40 devices on-stage, though without backup music artists — each track was simply prepared for only three devices at anybody period. Although Gladwin and firm had been the first ever to acknowledge that these were no virtuosos on the chosen musical instruments, their function sounded reliable to contemporary ears, and their displays had been fun regardless of the delicacy from the array of musical instruments, which required just as much as five hours to find yourself in tune — and unlike most rock and roll acts from the period, if indeed they couldn’t have them into tune, the group didn’t perform. Their Isle debut, Evensong (1970), made by Paul Samwell-Smith, demonstrated them still acquiring their method amid a repertory of decidedly medieval-sounding balladry and madrigals, but received stimulating reviews and discovered a cult market amid the coalescing market for United kingdom folk music and intensifying rock and roll, more than enough to justify another record. Despite its reliance on acoustic musical instruments, the trio wasn’t averse to composing expanded suites that went as much as 25 minutes, occasionally (frequently, in fact) in Latin. The band’s second Isle LP, Fantasia Lindum, packed its entire 1st side with this type of composition. Even though a number of the music experienced a repeated quality, the very best from it played from achingly gorgeous melodies. Additionally, Fantasia Lindum brought in to the Blondel collapse Adrian Hopkins, the pianist/harpsichordist who, as an arranger and conductor, would play a significant role in assisting the group understand its very best successes. Britain, released in 1972, was the high stage for the trio, an recording depicting a wealthy musical canvas across which Gladwin, Wincott, and Baird decorated lush and mixed tone paintings, mainly “scenery” in character, filled with wealthy detail and appealing, hauntingly gorgeous hooks and choruses. The record got them their heaviest airplay ever in the us, on progressive-oriented channels such as for example WNEW-FM in NY, and on many university stations from the period, though only moderate product sales; still, the recording, written by Capitol Information within the U.S.A., actually managed to allow it to be into some division shop record racks. By this time around, the trio was well known in the Continent in addition to in Britain, and played being a support action on expenses with such best rock and roll rings as Procol Harum and Genesis. Gladwin still left soon after the discharge of England, nevertheless, as well as the Amazing Blondel had been reduced to some duo for his or her follow-up, Blondel (1973). That recording also marked the final of the “period” materials — a lot of the music onto it still sported an old-fashioned character, however, many from it demonstrated the definite impact of modern intensifying rock and roll, with Paul Rodgers of Totally free and Steve Winwood offering a number of the vocals and instrumental accompaniment, respectively. On following albums, you start with Mulgrave Road, the group — backed by various rock and roll music artists, including Winwood, Rodgers, and Mick Ralphs — would shoot for a harder, more sophisticated audio vaguely resembling Steeleye Period. Their agreement with Isle finished after Blondel, as well as the duo following agreed upon with DJM, an archive label offshoot of Dick Adam Music. They eventually released four albums on DJM and maintained a pursuing in European countries and Japan, but disappeared in the radar screen in america, where DJM was basically invisible being a label — their record Mulgrave Road got not a lot of exposure in the us as an transfer. Reside in Tokyo (that was in fact recorded in European countries) marked the finish of the documenting background in 1977. Even while Baird and Wincott continuing to record and perform, Gladwin held his submit the field using what he later on known as a Blondel clone, known as British Musicke, a trio that included Adrian Hopkins and Paul Empson. Enough time wasn’t befitting such a project to succeed, nevertheless — this is age disco and punk, and neither this group, nor the many solo recordings created by Baird and Wincott through the past due ’70s, ever appreciated the publicity that Blondel acquired enjoyed early within the 10 years. In 1997, twenty years after their last appearance being a duo and almost a quarter-century pursuing Gladwin’s departure, the Amazing Blondel trio re-formed and documented its first record since 1972, entitled Recovery. It was as if they’d hardly ever been apart, as well as the ensuing record was an ideal follow-up to Britain, a quarter-century eliminated. This event adopted the reissue of the Isle and Bell recordings for the HTD and Edsel brands, and coincided using the first of many raids for the vaults. The to begin the Blondel archival problems was a completely unexpected live recording, A Foreign Field THAT’S Forever England, created from tapes through the early-’70s shows. Two more choices of archival paths, Going Where in fact the Music Will take Me (2006) and On using the Display (2007), followed on the following 10 years, plus a refreshing reissue of the initial two Isle albums by Defeat CONTINUES ON, for another go-around on Compact disc.

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Full Name Amazing Blondel
Music Songs Cantus Firmus to Counterpoint, Saxon Lady, Safety in God Alone, Shepherd's Song, Celestial Light, Fantasia Lindum, Seascape, A Spring Air, To Ye, Bethel Town Mission, Sinfonia for Guitar and Strings, Mulgrave Street, Lady Marion's Galliard, Dolor dulcis, The Leaving of the Country Lover, Siege of Yaddlethorpe, Young Man's Fancy, Minstrel's Song, Lesson One, Lament to the Earl of Bottesford Beck, Evensong, Bastard Love, Benedictus Es Domine, Old Moot Hall, Love Sonnet, See 'em shining, Season Of The Year, Spring Season, St. Crispin's Day, Aubaird, Weaver's Market, Cawdor
Albums Blondel, Fantasia Lindum, Evensong, Mulgrave Street, A Foreign Field That Is Forever England: Live Abroad, England, Bad Dreams, THE AMAZING ELSIE EMERALD, The Amazing Blondel & A Few Faces, Dead / Live in Transylvania, Restoration, Inspiration, Live in Tokyo, The Amazing Blondel, Englishe Musicke


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#Fact
1 Became pregnant by 1st husband George Barnes out of wedlock in the summer of 1932 and then again in the summer of 1933. On both occasions she had abortions.
2 Aunt of makeup artist Kathryn Blondell.
3 Felt that her best performance was as Aunt Sissy in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).
4 Like her second husband Dick Powell and acquaintance June Allyson, she was a lifelong staunch supporter of the Republican party.
5 Her son Norman Scott was born in the breech position, with the cord wrapped around his neck. Her labor was complicated, because of a fractured coccyx, and lasted twenty hours.
6 Her son Norman Scott was named after Claudette Colbert's first husband, actor-director Norman Foster.
7 In 1927, while closing the library she worked at, she was raped by a police officer. He told her he would kill her if she told anyone. She kept her silence for decades, until finally telling her grown daughter. She went public with this in her memoirs.
8 Her granddaughter Stephanie Powell is married to Sean Murphy, owner of a surf travel company.
9 Her grandson Scott Powell has a stepson, David, and two grandchildren, Zander and Dakota.
10 Had three grandchildren: Joan Ellen Powell, Scott Powell and Stephanie Powell.
11 Her daughter Ellen Powell had a long battle with cocaine that she overcame in 1984.
12 Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
13 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
14 Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
15 June Allyson was the stepmother of her daughter Ellen Powell after Allyson married Blondell's ex-husband Dick Powell.
16 She playfully called her friend Bette Davis's four ex-husbands "The Four Skins" since they were all gentiles.
17 Her marriage to theatrical impresario Michael Todd was an emotional and financial disaster. Todd was a heavy spender who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling (high-stakes bridge was one of his weaknesses) and went through a controversial bankruptcy during their marriage. While continuing to live the high-life on a huge estate in New York's Westchester County, the irresponsible Todd ran through Blondell's savings.
18 On the British sitcom Dad's Army (1968), Private Pike has a crush on her and has dozens of pictures of her on his bedroom walls.
19 Attended the Professional Children's School in New York City.
20 According to the July 24, 1944, issue of Time magazine, Blondell divorced Dick Powell on the grounds of cruelty alleging that "when she objected to the incessant coming and going of guests, Powell crooned: 'If you don't like it, you can get the hell out.'".
21 Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as best supporting or featured actress (dramatic) for "The Rope Dancers".
22 Made six movies with James Cagney at Warner Brothers - more than any other individual actress. Cagney said that the only woman he loved other than his wife was Blondell.
23 Mother of Norman S. Powell from her marriage to George Barnes. He was adopted by Dick Powell in February 1938. Mother of Ellen Powell from her marriage to Dick Powell.
24 Older sister of actress Gloria Blondell.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Woman Inside 1981 Aunt Coll
The Glove 1979 Mrs. Fitzgerald
The Rebels 1979 TV Movie Mrs. Brumple
Fantasy Island 1979 TV Series Naomi Gittings
The Champ 1979 Dolly Kenyon
$weepstake$ 1979 TV Series Mme. Grimaldi
The Love Boat 1978 TV Series Ramona Bevans
Battered 1978 TV Movie Edna Thompson
Grease 1978 Vi
Opening Night 1977 Sarah Goode
The Baron 1977
Starsky and Hutch 1976 TV Series Mrs. Pruitt
Death at Love House 1976 TV Movie Marcella Geffenhart
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 Landlady
Switch 1976 TV Series Mrs. Lear
Police Story 1975 TV Series Doreen
Winner Take All 1975 TV Movie Beverly Craig
The Dead Don't Die 1975 TV Movie Levenia
Bobby Parker and Company 1974 TV Movie His Mother
The Snoop Sisters 1974 TV Series Madame Mimi
The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973 TV Series Aunt Louise
Medical Center 1973 TV Series Doris
The Rookies 1973 TV Series Mrs. Darrin
Love, American Style 1971-1973 TV Series segment "Love and the Swinging Surgeon" / segment "Love and the Lovesick Sailor"
- Love and the Footlight Fiancee/Love and the Plane Fantasy/Love and the Swinging Surgeon/Love and the Teller's Tale 1973 ... segment "Love and the Swinging Surgeon"
Banyon 1972 TV Series Peggy Revere
McCloud 1971 TV Series Ernestine White
Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 Jenny
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Miss Wall
The Phynx 1970 Ruby
Here Come the Brides 1968-1970 TV Series Lottie Hatfield
Big Daddy 1969
The Outsider 1968 TV Series Sadie Burch
Kona Coast 1968 Kittibelle Lightfoot
That Girl 1968 TV Series Marjorie Hobart
Stay Away, Joe 1968 Glenda Callahan
Petticoat Junction 1968 TV Series Florabelle Campbell
Mrs. Thursday 1967 TV Movie
The Guns of Will Sonnett 1967 TV Series Miss Lottie
Family Affair 1967 TV Series Laura London
Waterhole #3 1967 Lavinia
Winchester 73 1967 TV Movie Larouge
The Spy in the Green Hat 1967 Mrs. 'Fingers' Stilletto
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Madame
Ace of the Mounties 1966 TV Movie His girlfriend
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1966 TV Series Mrs. Fingers Stilletto
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series Mrs. Melvin Freebie
And Baby Makes Three 1966 TV Movie Joan Terry
Ride Beyond Vengeance 1966 Mrs. Lavender
Slattery's People 1965 TV Series Mrs. Lewis
My Three Sons 1965 TV Series Harriet Blanchard
The Lucy Show 1965 TV Series Joan Brenner
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Lady Fingers
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1965 TV Series Rose Kelsey
Vacation Playhouse 1964 TV Series Miss Zilke
Advance to the Rear 1964 Easy Jenny
Dr. Kildare 1964 TV Series Dolly Marlowe
Bonanza 1964 TV Series Lillian Manfred
Burke's Law 1963-1964 TV Series Candy Sturdevant / Ethel Kronkeit
The Greatest Show on Earth 1964 TV Series T.T. Hill
The Twilight Zone 1964 TV Series Phyllis Britt
Wagon Train 1963 TV Series Ma Bleecker
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Rosanna Dobie
The Real McCoys 1963 TV Series Aunt Win
Death Valley Days 1963 TV Series Lucy Tutaine
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series Emily Komack
Angel Baby 1961 Mollie Hays
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1961 TV Series Helene Terry
The Untouchables 1961 TV Series Hannah 'Lucy' Wagnall
The Witness 1961 TV Series Ma Barker
Adventures in Paradise 1960 TV Series Millicent Brass
Lux Playhouse 1959 TV Series
Playhouse 90 1957-1959 TV Series Mrs. Patrick / Helen Green
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series Ruth Breen
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 Violet
Desk Set 1957 Peg Costello
This Could Be the Night 1957 Crystal St. Clair
Lizzie 1957 Aunt Morgan James
The Opposite Sex 1956 Edith Potter
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series Ellen
Playwrights '56 1955 TV Series Mother
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series Joan Preston
Shower of Stars 1955 TV Series
Fireside Theatre 1955 TV Series
Lux Video Theatre 1953 TV Series May
Suspense 1953 TV Series Clara
Schlitz Playhouse 1952 TV Series Calamity Jane
The Blue Veil 1951 Annie Rawlins
Nash Airflyte Theatre 1951 TV Series
For Heaven's Sake 1950 Daphne Peters
Christmas Eve 1947 Ann Nelson
Nightmare Alley 1947 Zeena Krumbein
The Corpse Came C.O.D. 1947 Rosemary Durant
Adventure 1945 Helen Melohn
Don Juan Quilligan 1945 Marjorie Mossrock
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 Aunt Sissy
Cry 'Havoc' 1943 Grace
Lady for a Night 1942 Jenny Blake
Three Girls About Town 1941 Hope Banner
Model Wife 1941 Joan Keating Chambers
Topper Returns 1941 Gail Richards
I Want a Divorce 1940 Geraldine 'Jerry' Brokaw
Two Girls on Broadway 1940 Molly Mahoney
The Amazing Mr. Williams 1939 Maxine Carroll
Good Girls Go to Paris 1939 Jenny Swanson
The Kid from Kokomo 1939 Doris Harvey
East Side of Heaven 1939 Mary Wilson
Off the Record 1939 Jane Morgan
There's Always a Woman 1938 Sally Reardon
Stand-In 1937 Lester Plum
The Perfect Specimen 1937 Mona Carter
Back in Circulation 1937 'Timmy' Blake
The King and the Chorus Girl 1937 Miss Dorothy Ellis
Gold Diggers of 1937 1936 Norma Perry
Three Men on a Horse 1936 Mabel
Stage Struck 1936 Peggy Revere
Bullets or Ballots 1936 Lee Morgan
Sons o' Guns 1936 Yvonne
Colleen 1936 Minnie Hawkins
Miss Pacific Fleet 1935 Gloria Fay
We're in the Money 1935 Ginger Stewart
Broadway Gondolier 1935 Alice Hughes
Traveling Saleslady 1935 Angela Twitchell
Kansas City Princess 1934 Rosie Sturges
Dames 1934 Mabel
Smarty 1934 Vicki
He Was Her Man 1934 Rose Lawrence
I've Got Your Number 1934 Marie Lawson
Convention City 1933 Nancy Lorraine
Havana Widows 1933 Mae Knight
Footlight Parade 1933 Nan Prescott
Goodbye Again 1933 Anne Rogers
Gold Diggers of 1933 1933 Carol King
Blondie Johnson 1933 Blondie Johnson
Broadway Bad 1933 Tony Landers
Just Around the Corner 1933 Short Mrs. Graham
Lawyer Man 1932 Olga Michaels
Central Park 1932 Dot
Three on a Match 1932 Mary Keaton
Big City Blues 1932 Vida Fleet
Miss Pinkerton 1932 Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton
Make Me a Star 1932 'Flips' Montague
The Famous Ferguson Case 1932 Maizie Dickson
The Crowd Roars 1932 Anne Scott
The Greeks Had a Word for Them 1932 Schatzi Sutro
Union Depot 1932 Ruth Collins
Blonde Crazy 1931 Anne Roberts
The Reckless Hour 1931 Myrtle Nichols
Night Nurse 1931 Maloney
Big Business Girl 1931 Pearl
My Past 1931 Marion Moore
The Public Enemy 1931 Mamie
God's Gift to Women 1931 Fifi
Illicit 1931 Helen 'Duckie' Childers
Millie 1931 Angie Wickerstaff
Other Men's Women 1931 Marie
Sinners' Holiday 1930 Myrtle
The Office Wife 1930 Katherine Murdock
The Heart Breaker 1930 Short
The Devil's Parade 1930 Short
Broadway's Like That 1930 Short Ruth's Pal

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Feud 2017 TV Series 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary performer: "Remember My Forgotten Man" 1933
Petticoat Junction 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Blue Veil 1951 performer: "Daddy"
Cry 'Havoc' 1943 performer: "Where Do We Go From Here?" 1917 - uncredited
Lady for a Night 1942 performer: "Up in a Balloon" - uncredited
Two Girls on Broadway 1940 performer: "Broadway's Still Broadway' 1940
East Side of Heaven 1939 "Here Comes the Bride" a.k.a. "The Bridal Chorus", uncredited
Stand-In 1937 performer: "On the Good Ship Lollipop" 1934 - uncredited
Gold Diggers of 1937 1936 performer: "Speaking of the Weather" 1936, "All's Fair in Love and War" 1936
Sons o' Guns 1936 performer: "For a Buck and a Quarter a Day" 1936 - uncredited
Colleen 1936 lyrics: "You Gotta Know How to Dance" 1936 - uncredited / performer: "Boulevardier from the Bronx" 1936, "You Gotta Know How to Dance" 1936 - uncredited
We're in the Money 1935 performer: "The Gold Diggers' Song We're in the Money" 1933 - uncredited
Broadway Gondolier 1935 "Flagenheim's Odorless Cheese" 1935, "The Pig and the Cow and the Dog and Cat" 1935, uncredited / performer: "The Pig and the Cow and the Dog and Cat" 1935 - uncredited
Dames 1934 "Try to See It My Way" 1934, uncredited / performer: "The Girl at the Ironing Board" 1934 - uncredited
Gold Diggers of 1933 1933 performer: "Remember My Forgotten Man" 1933 - uncredited
Illicit 1931 "Yankee Doodle", uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre special thanks filming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary Herself (table bow) (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Herself - Actress
Tribute to Bogart 1972 TV Movie documentary Herself - Interviewee
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Herself
The Movie Crazy Years 1971 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score & Best Song Score
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself
Bogart 1967 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Cincinnati Kid Plays According to Hoyle 1965 Short documentary Herself
About Faces 1960 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1953-1955 TV Series Herself - Actress
All Star Revue 1951-1953 TV Series Herself - Guest Actress / Comedic Dancer
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series Herself - Sketch Actor
TV Club 1951 TV Series documentary Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1950 TV Series Herself - Actress
Penthouse Party 1950 TV Series Herself
20 Questions 1950 TV Series Herself
College of Musical Knowledge 1950 TV Series Herself
The Faye Emerson Show 1950 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1950 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 TV Series Herself - Comic Actress
Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet 1950 TV Series Herself
Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars 1941 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 8 1935 Documentary short Herself
Things You Never See on the Screen 1935 Short Herself
Hollywood Newsreel 1934 Short Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 1933 Short Herself
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 10: 'Trouble Shots' 1931 Short Herself - Gallery Member (uncredited)
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee 1930 Short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression 2009 Video documentary Herself
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film 2008 TV Movie documentary
American Masters 2008 TV Series documentary Dot
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary uncredited
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Carol, 'Golddiggers of 1933' (uncredited)
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Herself
When the Talkies Were Young 1955 Short Myrtle (uncredited)
Talent Scout 1937 Benefit Show Guest (uncredited)
And She Learned About Dames 1934 Short Herself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Supporting Actress The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6311 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Opening Night (1977)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Here Come the Brides (1968)
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Here Come the Brides (1968)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actress The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
1952 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Blue Veil (1951)

TitleSalary
Sinners' Holiday (1930) $250 /week (three-week shoot)

#Quote
1 [on her husbands] [George] Barnes provided my first real home, [Dick] Powell was my security man, and [Michael] Todd was my passion. But I loved them all.
2 [on Bette Davis] When Bette's good, she's real good. When she's bad, she's awful. But at least, she's not afraid to bat an eyelash.
3 [on Clark Gable] It was the joy of your life to know Clark Gable. He was everything good you could think of. He had delicious humor, he had great compassion, he was always a fine old teddy bear. In no way was he conscious of his good looks, as were most other men in pictures at that time. Clark was very unactorly.
4 [on director Edmund Goulding] He did something that drove actors crazy. He'd get out there and act out everybody's role for them -- even the women! And we were supposed to imitate him. We wanted to give our own interpretations.
5 [on Jean Harlow] You know, she never wore underclothes and she was walking past the guys on The Public Enemy (1931) one day and James Cagney said, "How do you hold those things up?" and she said, "I ice them." And she was very serious.
6 [on Leslie Howard] Leslie Howard was a darling flirt. He'd be caressing your eyes and have his hand on someone else's leg at the same time. He was adorable. He was a little devil and just wanted his hands on every woman around. He just loved ladies.
7 [on Al Jolson] The screen didn't give him enough space to project in. I remember as a kid seeing him on stage and I think to this day there have been two great performers in the world: one is Jolson and the other is Judy Garland. They had some kind of magic in front of people that no one could surpass -- they were sheer, magnificent talent beyond belief.
8 In the 20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the '30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that. Jimmy Cagney and Eddie Robinson had voices that were as important as the characters they played. You knew what you were getting even before you paid for the ticket.
9 There's a very fine line between underacting and not acting at all. And not acting is what a lot of actors are guilty of. It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a dead pan are getting away wit it. I'd hate to see them on stage with a dog act.


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