Alice Faye

Alice Faye

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% State Fair (1962)
  • Birthday: May 5, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of a New York City cop, 14-year-old Alice Faye lied about her age to secure her first chorus girl job in 1929. While appearing in the 1933-1934 edition of George White's Scandals, Faye became the protégée of the show's star, Rudy Vallee, touring with Vallee's orchestra as vocalist. At Vallee's insistence, she was cast in the 1934 Fox Studios film version of George White's Scandals, elevated to the leading role when Lillian Harvey walked off the set. Despite unpleasant tabloid coverage when Vallee's wife sued her for alienation of her husband's affections, Faye was kept on by Fox, which lightened her already blonde hair and attempted to groom her as the "new Jean Harlow." After a few negligible leading roles in such Fox productions as She Learned About Sailors (1934) and 365 Nights in Hollywood (1935), she established her screen image as a tough, contralto-voiced cookie with a heart of gold, her popularity ascending with each successive film. During this period, she wed her frequent co-star Tony Martin, a union which lasted until 1940. Though a favorite with fans and coworkers alike, Faye regularly put her film career in jeopardy by clashing with 20th Century Fox head man Darryl F. Zanuck, who, realizing that he couldn't very well throw her off the payroll (not with such box-office hits as In Old Chicago and Rose of Washington Square to her credit), decided to "punish" her by hiring Betty Grable as Faye's potential successor. The press had a field day fabricating a deadly rivalry between Faye and Grable, though in fact the actresses got along reasonably well and were felicitously teamed in Tin Pan Alley (1940). Faye's feud with Zanuck came to a head in 1945 when her leading role in Fallen Angel was cut down to practically nothing. She quit movies cold, electing to devote her time to her second husband, bandleader Phil Harris, and her two daughters. Though banned from films by Zanuck, Faye flourished on radio, co-starring with Harris on a popular comedy series which ran for several successful seasons. In 1962, she returned to the screen in the ill-advised remake of State Fair, in which the 47-year-old actress played the mother of Pat Boone. She made several TV guest appearances in the 1960s and 1970s, toured the nightclub and straw hat circuit, and co-starred with John Payne in a Broadway revival of Good News. Since the death of Phil Harris in 1994, Alice Faye participated in several TV specials about Hollywood's "Golden Age," and remained in contact with her numerous, still-faithful fans until her death from cancer in early May 1998.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Every Night At Eight Actor 2014
No Score Yet You're a Sweetheart Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook Actor 2003
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
80% Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Herself 1995
No Score Yet The Magic of Lassie The Waitress 1978
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Have One Kathy 1978
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Secretary at gate 1976
13% State Fair Melissa Frake 1962
80% Fallen Angel June Mills 1945
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep Guest Star 1944
100% The Gang's All Here Edie Allen 1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Trudy Evans 1943
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana Nan Spencer 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Vicki Adams 1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Baroness Cecilia Duarte 1941
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley Katey 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Helen Leonard/Lillian Russell 1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Molly Adair Hayden 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Rose Sargent 1939
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band Stella Kirby 1938
No Score Yet On The Avenue Mona Merrick 1937
73% In Old Chicago Belle Fawcett 1937
No Score Yet Wake Up and Live Alice Huntley 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Susan Parker 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Jerry Dolan 1936
No Score Yet Sing, Baby, Sing Joan Warren 1936
No Score Yet King of Burlesque Pat Doran 1936
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Hone Walters 1935
No Score Yet 365 Nights in Hollywood Alice Perkins 1934
No Score Yet She Learned About Sailors Jean Legoi 1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Peggy Warren 1934

TV

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Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2003

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