Gladys George

Gladys George

Highest Rated: 100% He Ran All the Way (1951)

Lowest Rated: 60% Madame X (1937)

Birthday: Sep 13, 1900

Birthplace: Not Available

The daughter of a British Shakespearean actor, Gladys George was born while her parents' touring stock company was playing an engagement in Patten, Maine. On stage from age three, Gladys toured with her parents in a vaudeville act called The Three Clares. She won her first Broadway role in the 1914 production The Betrothal. Six years later she tried to launch a film career in Red Hot Dollars (1920), but her incipient stardom was halted when she was severely burned in an accident. She went back into stock, returning to Broadway in the early 1930s through the influence of her wealthy second husband Edward H. Fowler. Screen-tested by Paramount in 1934, George was signed by MGM instead; ironically, it was while on loan-out to Paramount that she scored her biggest film hit, 1936's Valiant is the Word for Carrie. For the next several years, George alternated between "weepers" and truculent roles in films: the title role in Madame X (1937), Madame DuBarry in Marie Antoinette (1938), the Texas Guinan counterpart in The Roaring Twenties (1939), and the unfaithful Iva Archer in The Maltese Falcon (1941). She didn't really like Hollywood much, but the money was better than on Broadway. She essayed character parts in her last years in Hollywood, culminating with a good comedy role in It Happens Every Thursday (1953) and a smattering of television. Gladys George's relatively early death may have been the result of a barbiturate overdose, though she'd been suffering from throat cancer for quite some time.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Undercover Girl Actor 2013
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Mrs. Holmes 1953
75% Detective Story Miss Hatch 1951
100% He Ran All the Way Mrs. Robey 1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway Jessica Howard 1951
No Score Yet Bright Leaf Rose 1950
No Score Yet Flamingo Road Lute-Mae Sanders 1949
97% The Best Years of Our Lives Hortense Derry 1946
No Score Yet Minstrel Man Mae White 1944
75% Christmas Holiday Valerie de Merode 1944
No Score Yet The Hard Way Lily Emery 1943
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball Madame Zenobia 1943
100% The Maltese Falcon Iva Archer 1941
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh Anna Kriza 1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay Mary Bogale 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Florette 1940
100% The Roaring Twenties Panama Smith 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Mme. Du Barry 1938
No Score Yet Love is a Headache Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee 1938
No Score Yet They Gave Him a Gun Rose Duffy 1937
60% Madame X Jacqueline Fleuriot 1937
No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Carrie Snyder 1936
No Score Yet The Easy Road Isabel Grace 1921


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