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Penny Singleton

Highest Rated:   100% After the Thin Man (1936)
Lowest Rated:   21% 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
21% 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
67% 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 Hard to Get
  • Hattie
1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters
  • Gladys Christie
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Mrs. Flemington
  • 1964

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