Penny Singleton

Penny Singleton

  • Highest Rated: 100% After the Thin Man (1936)
  • Lowest Rated: 27% The Jetsons (1990)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of a journalist and the niece of former U.S. Postmaster General James Farley, Penny Singleton spent a good portion of her childhood singing "illustrated" songs at Philadelphia movie theaters. After briefly attending Columbia University, Singleton -- billed under her given name, Dorothy McNulty -- made her Broadway debut as the energy-charged soubrette in the popular 1927 musical Good News. She repeated this vivacious performance in the 1930 film version, then settled into "other woman" and gold digger parts, the best of which was in 1936's After the Thin Man. Upon her marriage to dentist Lawrence Singleton, Singleton changed her professional name. When Shirley Deane was unable to play the title role in Columbia's 1938 filmization of Chic Young's comic strip Blondie, Singleton dyed her hair blonde to qualify for the part. She ended up starring in 28 Blondie B-pictures between 1928 and 1950, with Arthur Lake co-starring as hubby Dagwood Bumstead. During this period, she married for the second time to Blondie producer Robert Sparks. When Blondie folded, Singleton returned to the nightclub singing and dancing work that she'd been doing in the mid-'30s. As an officer in the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), Singleton lobbied for better and more equitable treatment of professional chorus dancers, a stance that earned her several powerful enemies in management (and the Mob). Inactive as a performer for several years, Singleton returned to acting in the early '60s, playing a supporting part in The Best Man (1964) and providing the voice of Jane Jetson on the prime-time animated TV series The Jetsons. Penny Singleton later revived her Jane Jetson characterization for several theatrical and made-for-TV animated features, and also appeared in a cameo role on the weekly Angela Lansbury series Murder She Wrote.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

27% The Jetsons Jane 1990
No Score Yet The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Jane Jetson 1987
No Score Yet The Jetsons Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Best Man Mrs. Claypoole 1964
No Score Yet Beware of Blondie Blondie 1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero Blondie Bumstead 1950
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot Blondie Bumstead 1949
No Score Yet Blondie's Reward Blondie Bumstead 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Secret Blondie Bumstead 1948
No Score Yet Blondie in the Dough Blondie Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Anniversary Blondi Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment Blondie 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Holiday Blondie Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best Blondie Bumstead 1946
No Score Yet Blondie's Lucky Day Blondie Bumstead 1946
No Score Yet Life with Blondie Blondie Bumstead 1945
No Score Yet Leave It to Blondie Blondi Bumstead 1945
No Score Yet It's a Great Life Blondi Bumstead 1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour Blondie Bumstead 1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory Blondie Bumstead 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College Blondie Bumstead 1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event Blondie 1942
No Score Yet Go West, Young Lady Belinda 'Bill' Pendergast 1941
No Score Yet Blondie in Society Blondie 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin Blondie Bumstead 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid Blondie Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble Blondie Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Blondie Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Blondie Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation Blondie Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss Blondi Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Frances Glesk 1938
No Score Yet Secrets of an Actress Miss Reid 1938
70% Boy Meets Girl Peggy 1938
No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools Nancy 1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady Cookie Shannon 1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters Gladys Christie 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Hattie 1938
No Score Yet Sea Racketeers Actor 1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938 Miss Sims 1937
100% After the Thin Man Polly Byrnes 1936
No Score Yet Good News Flo 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Jetsons
1962-1987
Voice
  • 1987
  • 1985
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Aunt Mildred
  • 1986
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Mrs. Flemington
  • 1964

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