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Frances Gifford

Highest Rated:   95% Stage Door (1937)
Lowest Rated:   86% The Glass Key (1942)
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Fresh out of high school, statuesque brunette actress Frances Gifford played bits and extra roles until landing the lead in the low-budget Mercy Plane (1939), in which she was cast opposite her first husband James Dunn. Two years later she was seen as Robert Benchley's guide through the Disney animation studios in The Reluctant Dragon (1941), and, more importantly, as the fetchingly unclad, endlessly resourceful Nyoka in the Republic serial Jungle Girl (1941). The popularity of the serial might have typecast her forever in such roles, but Gifford's ambition was to star in features. Through the sponsorship of an MGM executive, she landed a contract at that most prestigious of studios, playing leading roles in such films as Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945) and She Went to the Races (1945). Her best showing at MGM was as the tormented heroine of Arch Oboler's The Arnelo Affair (1947). On the verge of bigger things, Gifford suffered a series of profound personal setbacks in the late '40s, not least of which was an automobile accident that nearly killed her. She made a few comeback attempts in the 1950s, but spent most of the decade in and out of mental institutions. After nearly 25 years of treatment, Frances Gifford was finally able to start her life over in 1983, devoting the rest of her days to charitable work.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Margaret Higgins
1950
No Score Yet Luxury Liner
  • Laura Dene
1948
No Score Yet The Arnelo Affair
  • Anne Parkson
1947
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
  • Viola Johnson
1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance
  • Maude Bancroft
1945
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair
  • Sissy Mortimer
1944
No Score Yet Tarzan Triumphs
  • Zandra
1943
No Score Yet American Empire
  • Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
1942
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Actor
1942
86% The Glass Key
  • Nurse
1942
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die
  • Ruth Grant
1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew
  • Halsey
1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase
  • Saleslady
1941
No Score Yet Jungle Girl
  • Nyoka
1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon
  • Doris (Studio Artist)
1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes
  • Helen Forbes
1941
No Score Yet Hold That Woman
  • Mary Mulvaney
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Hopper Girl
1939
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Salesgirl
1938
95% Stage Door
  • Actress
1937
No Score Yet New Faces of 1937
  • Showgirl
1937
No Score Yet West Point Widow
  • Actor
No Score Yet My Heart Belongs To Daddy
  • Actor

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