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Ann Sothern



Born Harriet Lake, the name under which she was billed until 1933, Sothern debuted onscreen in 1929 in a bit part, and went on to play small roles in several other films before leaving Hollywood for Broadway. She soon began landing leads, bringing another invitation from Hollywood. She signed a screen contract and changed her name, then began a very busy film career as the light-hearted heroine of B-movies. In 1939, Sothern switched studios and achieved greater popularity as the star of the "Maisie" comedy-adventure series; she appeared as the energetic, scatterbrained Maisie in ten films during the next eight years. She also appeared in musicals, in which her good voice and comedic talents were displayed. Never a major screen star, she became most popular after switching to TV; she starred in the TV series Private Secretary and The Ann Sothern Show. She went on to tour with stage musicals, then returned to the screen in occasional character roles after 1964. For her work in The Whales of August (1987), her most recent film to date, she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. From 1936-42 she was married to actor Roger Pryor and from 1943-49 she was married to actor Robert Sterling. Her daughter is actress Tisha Sterling, with whom she appeared in Crazy Mama (1975) and The Whales of August (1987); in the latter, Sterling played Sothern's character as a young woman.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Danger: Love At Work
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Words and Music
  • Joyce Harmon
1998
63% The Whales of August
  • Tisha Doughty
1987
No Score Yet The Little Dragons
  • Angel
1980
43% The Manitou
  • Mrs. Karmann
1978
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Mrs. Finch
1976
86% Crazy Mama
  • Sheba
1975
No Score Yet Golden Needles
  • Finzie
1974
No Score Yet The Killing Kind
  • Thelma
1973
20% Lady in a Cage
  • Sade
1964
No Score Yet The Best Man
  • Sue Ellen Gamadge
1964
86% The Blue Gardenia
  • Crystal Carpenter
1953
No Score Yet Shadow on the Wall
  • Dell Faring
1950
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio
  • Frances Elliott
1950
94% A Letter to Three Wives
  • Rita Phipps
1949
No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out
  • Peggy
1949
No Score Yet April Showers
  • June Tyme
1948
No Score Yet Undercover Maisie
  • Maisie Revier
1947
No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie
  • Maisie Ravier
1946
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer
  • Guest
1943
No Score Yet Panama Hattie
  • Hattie Maloney
1942
No Score Yet Lady Be Good
  • Dixie Donegan Crane
1941
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie)
  • Maisie Ravier
1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Florence `Flo' Addams
1940
No Score Yet Trade Winds
  • Jean Livingstone
1938
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth
  • Mary Strand
1937
No Score Yet Smartest Girl in Town (Million Dollar Profile)
  • Frances 'Cookie' Cooke
1936
No Score Yet Walking on Air
  • Kit Bennett
1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan
  • Mary
1936
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere)
  • Mimi
1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions
  • Joan Larrabee
1934
No Score Yet Blind Date (Her Sacrifice)
  • Kitty Taylor
1934
No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love
  • Jean Kendall
1933
100% Whoopee
  • Bit Part
1930
No Score Yet Doughboys
  • Wac
1930

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