Pert Kelton

Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)
Birthday: Oct 14, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
She was onstage from age three in her parents' vaudeville act; by age 12 she was performing solo. In 1925 she debuted on Broadway, then joined the rush to Hollywood in 1929 at the dawn of the sound era. She was fairly busy through the '30s as a comedic supporting actress, usually playing a floozie who was the heroine's friend; occasionally she had leads. In 1939 she retired from the screen, coming back for a few character roles in the '60s. In 1950-52 she was the original Alice Kramden opposite Jackie Gleason in TV's The Honeymooners, when that show was still just a segment of the variety series Cavalcade of Stars. Yet another victim of the McCarthy Era, she was named as a supposed Communist sympathizer in the unscrupulous publication Red Scare, and her career was ruined. She married actor Ralph Bell and was the mother of actor Brian Bell.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Comic Mama 1969
94% The Music Man Mrs. Paroo 1962
No Score Yet Rhythm of the Saddle Aunt Hattie 1938
91% You Can't Take It With You Inmate 1938
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Toddy Williams 1936
No Score Yet Annie Oakley Vera Delmar 1935
No Score Yet Sing and Like It Ruby 1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town Lulu White 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Fay. The Fan Dancer 1934
No Score Yet Bachelor Bait Allie Summers 1934
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Minnie 1933
No Score Yet Bed Of Roses Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Trixie Odbray 1933
No Score Yet Sally Rosie 1929

TV

CREDIT
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Mrs. Parkes
  • 1963

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