Andrea Leeds

Andrea Leeds

Highest Rated: 96% Stage Door (1937)

Lowest Rated: 91% Come and Get It (1936)

Birthday: Aug 14, 1914

Birthplace: Butte, Montana, USA

A sensitive, appealing lead and second lead of the late 1930s, Leeds acted a few bit parts in films before being discovered by Howard Hawks, who cast her prominently in his and William Wyler's vivid "Come and Get It" (1936). By far her finest and best remembered film and performance, though, came with Gregory La Cava's marvelous seriocomic study of female friendship, "Stage Door" (1937). As part of a brilliant ensemble led by Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden, Leeds was cast as Kaye, a gifted but unemployed and increasingly desperate actress who ultimately kills herself after losing a coveted part in a play. Theoretically, it was a very difficult role, potentially prone to unenlightened bathos, but, aided by delicate scripting and direction, Leeds gave a tremendously moving and entirely valid performance, for which she won an Oscar nomination.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Earthbound Ellen Desborough (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Ann Lawson (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swanee River Jane McDowell Foster (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 37% The Real Glory Linda Hartley (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Youth Takes a Fling Helen Brown (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 14% The Goldwyn Follies Hazel Dawes (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 20% Letter of Introduction Katherine "Kay" Martin (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Could Happen to You Laura Compton (Character) - 1937
96% 87% Stage Door Kay Hamilton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Count Takes the Count Gloria Grayson (Character) - 1936
91% 64% Come and Get It Evvie Glasgow (Character) - 1936

QUOTES FROM Andrea Leeds CHARACTERS

Terry Randall says: Oh, darling, youâ??re sweet... I wish you were going to be there to hold my hand.

Terry Randall says: Oh, darling, you're sweet... I wish you were going to be there to hold my hand.

Kaye Hamilton says: Iâ??ll be there... (Terry looks at her) ...in spirit.

Kaye Hamilton says: I'll be there... [Terry looks at her] ...in spirit.

Kaye Hamilton says: I felt the same way a year ago. I felt like running and hiding from everyone... But after youâ??re through that opening speech, thereâ??s a thrill youâ??ll never forget. Itâ??s a thrill that can only come once.

Kaye Hamilton says: I felt the same way a year ago. I felt like running and hiding from everyone... But after you're through that opening speech, there's a thrill you'll never forget. It's a thrill that can only come once.

Terry Randall says: I canâ??t figure out whether itâ??s thrill or agony.

Terry Randall says: I can't figure out whether it's thrill or agony.

Kaye Hamilton says: It's both.