Ann Harding

Birthday: Aug 7, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Ann Harding, born Dorothy Walton Gatley, spent her childhood as an "army brat" constantly moving around the U.S. and Cuba. In her late teens, she worked as a freelance script reader for the Famous Players-Lasky company. In 1921 she made her stage acting debut with the Provincetown Players of Greenwich Village; later that year she appeared on Broadway. Soon she was a well-respected leading lady on Broadway and in stock, and as a result, was signed to a movie contract with Pathe in 1929. She was a Hollywood star within a year. Especially popular with women, she was usually cast as a gentle, refined heroine. For her work in Holiday (1930) she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. For several years she remained a top star, but her career was hurt by typecasting; again and again she appeared in sentimental tearjerkers in which she played the noble woman who makes a grand sacrifice. After marrying symphony conductor Warner Janssen, she quit making films in 1937. Five years later she returned to the screen as a character actress, going on to make a number of films over the next decade, followed by another break of several years and then one last spurt of film acting in 1956. Later she went on to star on Broadway and appear in guest-star roles on TV. Her first husband was actor Harry Bannister.


Highest Rated Movies



75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Mrs. Hopkins 1956
No Score Yet The Unknown Man Stella Mason 1951
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Katherine Robinson 1950
No Score Yet The Magnificent Yankee Fanny Bowditch Holmes 1950
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger Actor 1947
No Score Yet Christmas Eve Aunt Matilda Reed 1947
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Mary O'Connor 1947
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Janie Gets Married 1946
No Score Yet Janie Lucille Conway 1944
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack) Sophia 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Marjorie Davies 1943
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night Norma Lawry 1942
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger Carol Howard 1937
No Score Yet Peter Ibbetson Mary, Duchess of Towers 1935
No Score Yet The Flame Within Dr. Mary White 1935
No Score Yet Enchanted April Lotty Wilkins 1935
No Score Yet The Right to Romance Dr. Margaret 'Peggy' Simmons 1933
No Score Yet Double Harness Joan Colby 1933
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet (Strange Skirts) (Truth Is Stranger) Clare Woodruff 1933
No Score Yet The Animal Kingdom (The Woman in His House) Daisy Sage 1932
No Score Yet The Conquerors Caroline 1932
No Score Yet East Lynne Lady Isabella 1931
No Score Yet Devotion Shirley Mortimer 1931
No Score Yet Holiday Linda Seton 1930
No Score Yet Her Private Affair Vera Kessler 1930
No Score Yet Condemned Madame Vidal 1929
No Score Yet Paris Bound Mary Hutton 1929


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1961