Ann Sothern

Ann Southern

Highest Rated: 100% The Best Man (1964)

Lowest Rated: 20% Lady in a Cage (1964)

Birthday: Jan 22, 1909

Birthplace: Valley City, North Dakota, USA

Singer and comedienne Ann Sothern turned heads and amused audiences via her ability to deliver sharp dialogue with verve and comedic bite. After appearances in Broadway musicals, Sothern earned her keep in B-movies, but finally hit her stride as a contract player at MGM, where she toplined the company's popular series of "Maisie" pictures. Although Sothern eventually tired of playing the brassy Brooklyn showgirl, audiences loved her in the role, and the actress also impressed with her turn in the critically acclaimed "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949). Upon hitting her forties, Sothern found fewer motion pictures opportunities, but her popularity was reignited with the sitcoms "Private Secretary" (CBS, 1953-57) and "The Ann Sothern Show" (CBS, 1958-1961), which earned Sothern several Emmy nominations. Her movie and television work slowed down in the decade that followed and an unfortunate accident during the 1970s gave Sothern back issues that rendered her unable to act for an extended period. She did manage to step before the cameras again, but unlike many veteran performers who end their career on a depressing note, Sothern exited the business with Lindsay Anderson's widely praised "The Whales of August" (1987), which earned her a long overdue Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Widely respected by both audiences and her peers for the sharp comedic ability she displayed for years in film and on television, Sothern earned her place in both mediums and enjoyed a solid and loyal fan base right up to the end of her life.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
64% 66% The Whales of August Tisha Doughty (Character) $127.3K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Letter to Three Wives Ma Finney (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Dragons Angel (Character) - 1980
33% 35% The Manitou Mrs. Karmann (Character) - 1978
88% 37% Crazy Mama Sheba (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 14% Golden Needles Fenzie (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man's Whiskers Aunt Margaret Bancroft (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 42% The Killing Kind Thelma Lambert (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weekend Nun Mother Bonaventure (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Death of Innocence Annie La Cossit (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Congratulations, It's a Boy! Ethel Gaines (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest Mother of 'Em All Dolly Murdock (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chubasco Angela (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outsider Mrs. Kozzek (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sylvia Mrs. Argona/Grace Argona (Character) - 1965
20% 64% Lady in a Cage Sade (Character) - 1964
100% 90% The Best Man Sue Ellen Gamadge (Character) - 1964
81% 61% The Blue Gardenia Crystal Carpenter (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 44% Nancy Goes to Rio Frances Elliott (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 57% Shadow on the Wall Dell Faring (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Peggy (Character) - 1949
94% 86% A Letter to Three Wives Rita Phipps (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet April Showers June Tyme (Character) - 1948
20% 63% Words and Music Joyce Harmon (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undercover Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Goes to Reno Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Havoc Pat (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swing Shift Maisie Maisie (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet You, John Jones! Mary Jones (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 56% Thousands Cheer Herself (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Hearts for Julia Julia Seabrook (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Must Have Music Herself (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 40% Panama Hattie Hattie Maloney (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 33% Ringside Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 50% Lady Be Good Dixie Donegan Crane (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Was a Lady Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 66% Brother Orchid Florence "Flo" Addams (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Congo Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dulcy Dulcy Ward (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gold Rush Maisie Maisie Ravier (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Ethel Turp (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast and Furious Garda Sloane (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Maisie Ravier/Mary Anastasia O'Connor (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel for Women Eileen Connelly (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trade Winds Jean Livingstone (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Got Everything Carol Rogers (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifty Roads To Town Millicent Kendall (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet There Goes My Girl Reporter Connie Taylor (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 0% Super Sleuth Mary Strand (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet There Goes the Groom Betty Russell (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger, Love at Work Toni Pemberton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Number Eleanor Breen Medhill (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 38% My American Wife Mary Cantillon (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet You May Be Next Fay Stevens (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smartest Girl in Town Frances `'Cookie'` Cooke (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Gamble With Love Jerry Edwards (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 20% Walking on Air Kit Bennett (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Mary Taylor (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Friend Linda Henry (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grand Exit Adrienne Martin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hooray for Love Patricia Thatcher (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris Mimi (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Party's Over Unknown (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hell Cat Geraldine (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 50% Kid Millions Joan Larrabee (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Date Kitty Taylor (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody in Spring Jane Blodgett (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love Jean Kendall (Character) - 1934

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Gladys Crabtree/Mother's Voice (Voice) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1965 1957 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ann Sothern Show Katy O'Connor (Character) 1958-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Secretary Susie McNamara (Character) 1953-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957

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