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Alice Faye

Highest Rated:   100% The Gang's All Here (1943)
Lowest Rated:   14% State Fair (1962)
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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 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
14% 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
67% In Old Chicago
  • Belle Fawcett
1937
No Score Yet Stowaway
  • Susan Parker
1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Jerry Dolan
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • 2003

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