Glenda Farrell

Glenda Farrell

Highest Rated: 100% Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

Lowest Rated: 43% Susan Slept Here (1954)

Birthday: Jun 30, 1904

Birthplace: Not Available

American actress Glenda Farrell, like so many other performers born around the turn of the century, made her stage debut in a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her first adult professional job was with Virginia Brissac's stock company in San Diego, after which she worked up and down the California coast until leaving for Broadway in the late 1920s. Farrell's performance in the stage play Skidding established her reputation, and in 1929 she was wooed to Hollywood along with many other stage actors in the wake of the "talkie" revolution. Uncharacteristically cast as the ingenue in Little Caesar (1930), Farrell would thereafter be cast in the fast-talking, "hard-boiled dame" roles that suited her best. Though her characters had a tough veneer, Farrell was sensitive enough to insist upon script changes if the lines and bits of business became too rough and unsympathetic; still, she seemed to revel in the occasional villainess, notably her acid performance as Paul Muni's mercenary paramour in I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang(1932). In 1937, Farrell was assigned by Warner Bros. to portray dauntless news reporter Torchy Blaine in a series of brisk "B" pictures. She was gratified by the positive fan mail she received for Torchy, and justifiably proud of her ability to spout out 390 words per minute in the role, but Farrell decided to leave Warners and free-lance after five "Torchy Blaines." The actress's character roles in the 1940s and 1950s may have been smaller than before, but she always gave 100 percent to her craft. Farrell moved into television with ease, appearing on virtually every major dramatic weekly series and ultimately winning an Emmy for her work on the two-part Ben Casey episode of 1963, "A Cardinal Act of Mercy." Farrell's exit from movies was the 1964 Jerry Lewis farce The Disorderly Orderly, an assignment she plunged into with all the enthusiasm and sheer professionalism that she'd brought to the rest of her screen career.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Smart Blonde Actor 2013
No Score Yet Tiger by the Tail Sarah Harvey 1968
60% The Disorderly Orderly Dr. Jean Howard 1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins Ma Tatum 1964
No Score Yet Middle of the Night Mrs. Mueller, Betty's Mother 1959
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Mrs. Nesbit 1955
43% Susan Slept Here Maude 1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Mrs. Winston 1954
No Score Yet Heading for Heaven Nora Elkins 1947
No Score Yet A Night for Crime Susan 1943
No Score Yet City Without Men Billie LaRue 1943
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Mae 1942
94% The Talk of the Town Regina Bush 1942
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown Torchy Blane 1939
No Score Yet Prison Break Jean Fenderson 1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris Actor 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Jonesey 1937
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde Torchy Blane 1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937 Actor 1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two Carol Wallace 1937
No Score Yet The Law in Her Hands Dorothy 1936
No Score Yet Snowed Under Daisy Lowell 1936
No Score Yet High Tension Edith McNeil 1936
No Score Yet Little Big Shot Jean 1935
No Score Yet In Caliente Clara 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Molly Howard, aka Lucille Thompson 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Claudette Ruggles 1935
100% Gold Diggers of 1935 Betty Hawes 1935
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess Actor 1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning Mrs. Tifton 1934
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number Bonnie/Madame Francis 1934
No Score Yet Dark Hazard Valerie 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! Gerry Krale 1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown Lil 1934
No Score Yet Merry Wives of Reno Bunny 1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows Sadie Appleby 1933
71% Man's Castle Fay La Rue 1933
100% Lady for a Day Missouri 1933
No Score Yet Central Airport Girl in wreck 1933
No Score Yet The Keyhole Dot 1933
No Score Yet Grand Slam Blondie 1933
82% The Mystery of the Wax Museum Florence Dempsey 1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons Belle Howard Saunders 1933
No Score Yet The Match King Babe 1932
96% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Marie 1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match Reformatory Girl 1932
91% Little Caesar Olga 1931


No Score Yet Bewitched
Hortense 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
Looney 1964
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Mrs. Lambert 1964
No Score Yet Ben Casey
Martha 1963
No Score Yet Rawhide
Elizabeth Farragut 1963


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