Karen Morley

Highest Rated: 100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Lowest Rated: 57% Mata Hari (1932)
Birthday: Dec 12, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
Willowy leading lady Karen Morley received most of her acting training at Pasadena Playhouse. Signed to an MGM contract in 1931, she distinguished herself in a series of offbeat roles, notably the defiant heroine in Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), the title character's foredoomed predecessor in Mata Hari (1932), and the mistress of the President of the United States in Gabriel Over the White House (1933). On loan to Howard Hughes, she was seen as gangster Paul Muni's "high-class" paramour in Scarface (1931); and at RKO, she was the much-despised blackmailer (and well-deserved murder victim) in The Phantom of Crestwood (1933). Too mannered and aloof to become an audience favorite, she nonetheless worked steadily on-stage and onscreen well into the late '40s. Her film career came to a sudden halt in 1951 when she invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Blacklisted from Hollywood, she unsuccessfully attempted to start a career in politics, then completely retired, refusing numerous entreaties to resume her film work once the blacklist had relaxed in the 1960s. Formerly married to director Charles Vidor, Karen Morley was later the wife of fellow blacklistee Lloyd Gough.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Phantom Of Crestwood Actor 2013
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle Kate Daggett 1953
No Score Yet M Mrs. Coster 1951
63% Samson and Delilah Woman 1949
No Score Yet Framed Mrs. Price 1947
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Hour Eileen Blair 1947
No Score Yet The Unknown Rachel Martin 1946
No Score Yet Jealousy Dr. Monica Anderson 1945
100% Pride and Prejudice Charlotte 1940
No Score Yet Kentucky Mrs. Goodwin, 1861 1938
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Helene Rafitte 1937
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Cathleen O'Brien 1937
88% The Littlest Rebel Mrs. Cary 1935
No Score Yet The Healer Evelyn Allen 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Anna Novak 1935
92% Our Daily Bread Mary Sims 1934
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor Andra 1934
95% Dinner at Eight Mrs. Wayne Talbot 1933
86% Gabriel over the White House Pendola Molloy 1933
No Score Yet Flesh Laura Laura Nash 1932
No Score Yet The Washington Masquerade Consuela Fairbanks 1932
57% Mata Hari Carlotta 1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening? Alice Grimes 1932
100% Scarface Poppy 1932
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Sonia 1932
88% The Mask of Fu Manchu Sheila Barton 1932
No Score Yet The Cuban Love Song Crystal 1931
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet Alice 1931
No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet Maisie, Dan's Fiancee 1931
No Score Yet Daybreak Emily Kessner 1931
No Score Yet Strangers May Kiss Dining Companion 1931
No Score Yet Inspiration Liane 1931
No Score Yet Politics Myrtle Burns 1931

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Mrs. Webber
  • 1973

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