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Jessie Matthews

Highest Rated:   100% tom thumb (1958)
Lowest Rated:   100% tom thumb (1958)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
Born to the impoverished family of a Soho, London fruitseller, Jessie Matthews displayed an interest in dancing from a very early age, and by the time she was 12 was making a living entertaining in her neighborhood. She worked in the chorus line of various musicals, and got small parts in some early silent films. Among those who took note of Matthews was Irving Berlin, who provided her with the song "I Want To Go Back To Michigan" for a London stage review. During the late '20s, she began working with the celebrated stage producer Charles B. Cochran, who engaged Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart to write songs for his revue One Dam Thing After Another -- they provided Matthews with the song "My Heart Stood Still," which became a major success for her. During 1930, Rodgers and Hart were engaged to write the stage musical Evergreen, which included the major hit "Dancing On the Ceiling." The show became a success for Matthews and her husband, Sonnie Hale, and was brought to the screen three years later by director Victor Saville under the title Evergreen, with a new plot, and Hale moved over the the role of the producer and Barry McKay (substituting for Fred Astaire, whose studio refused to let him do the film) as the romantic lead. Matthews suddenly found herself elevated to international screen stardom. The most successful British musical made before Oliver! in the '60s, Evergreen became the first English musical ever to open at Radio City Music Hall, and gave Matthews, with her graceful dancing and fluttery voice, a substantial following in the United States. Her follow-up films never matched Evergreen, however, and personal problems quickly overtook Matthews, who never managed to capitalize on her fame. Once hailed as "the female Fred Astaire, " there were several attempts to team them up on screen, all unsuccessful, and by the beginning of the '40s she had retired from the screen. She re-emerged in the late '50s in a small role in the MGM movie Tom Thumb, and he later became a star on British radio.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Mrs. Tinsdale
1980
100% tom thumb
  • Anna
1958
No Score Yet Candles at Nine
  • Dorothea Capper
1944
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Mildred
1943
No Score Yet Climbing High
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Sailing Along
  • Kay Martin
1938
No Score Yet Gangway (Sparkles)
  • Pat Wayne
1937
No Score Yet Head Over Heels
  • Jeanne
1937
No Score Yet It's Love Again
  • Elaine Bradford aka Mrs. Smythe-Smythe
1936
No Score Yet First a girl
  • Elizabeth
1935
No Score Yet Evergreen
  • Harriet Green
1934
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride
  • Annette Marquand
1933
No Score Yet Friday the 13th
  • Millie
1933
No Score Yet Good Companions
  • Susie Dean
1933
No Score Yet The Good Companions
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Man From Toronto
  • Actor
1933

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