1960 publicity photo
Harriette Arlene Lake
January 22, 1909
|Died||March 15, 2001 92) (aged|
Ketchum, Idaho, United States
|Resting place||Ketchum Cemetery|
|Other names||Harriet Byron|
|Education||Minneapolis Central High School|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
(m. 1936;div. 1943)
Robert Sterling, 1 child
(m. 1943;div. 1949)
|Children||Tisha Sterling (born 1944)|
Ann Sothern (born Harriette Arlene Lake; January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American actress who worked on stage, radio, film, and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl. The character, based on the Maisie short stories by Nell Martin, proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series ( Congo Maisie , Gold Rush Maisie , Up Goes Maisie , etc.) and a network radio series ( The Adventures of Maisie ).
Maisie Ravier is a popular fictional character, the leading character of ten films (1939–1947) and a radio show, The Adventures of Maisie. She was played by actress Ann Sothern (1909–2001). Eight of the ten Maisie films were written by Mary C. McCall Jr.
Nell Martin (1890–1961) was an American author from Illinois specializing in light-hearted mysteries and short stories.
Congo Maisie is a 1940 comedy-drama film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Ann Sothern for the second time in the ten film Maisie series as showgirl Maisie Ravier.
In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary . The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, The Ann Sothern Show , which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree, the title character in the sitcom My Mother the Car . She continued her career throughout the late 1960s with stage and film appearances and guest-starring roles on television. Due to health issues, she worked sporadically during the 1970s and 1980s.
A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.
Private Secretary is an American sitcom that aired from February 1, 1953, to September 10, 1957, on CBS, alternating with The Jack Benny Program on Sundays at 7:30pm EST. The series stars Ann Sothern as Susan Camille "Susie" MacNamara, devoted secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands, played by Don Porter.
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In 1987, Sothern appeared in her final film The Whales of August , starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Sothern earned her only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. After filming concluded, she retired to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years before her death from heart failure in March 2001. Lucille Ball, whom she appeared alongside on Ball's program The Lucy Show on multiple occasions, called Sothern "the best comedian in the business, bar none."
The Whales of August is a 1987 American drama film directed by Lindsay Anderson and starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and Vincent Price as a peripheral member of the former Russian aristocracy. The story is based on the play of the same name by David Berry.
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television and theater. With a career spanning 60 years and 100 acting credits, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were in romantic dramas. She was the first person to garner ten acting Academy Award nominations.
Lillian Diana Gish was an American pioneering actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer. Her film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987. Gish was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques.
Born in Valley City, North Dakota, Harriette Arlene Lake was the oldest of three daughters born to Walter J. Lake and Annette Yde. She had two younger sisters, Marion and Bonnie. Her maternal grandfather was Danish violinist Hans Nielsen.
Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.
Annette Yde was a concert singer, while Sothern's father worked in importing and exporting. Harriette and her sisters were raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her parents separated when she was four years old (they would later divorce in 1927). At the age of five, she began taking piano lessons. She later studied at McPhail School of Music, where her mother also taught piano. She also began accompanying her mother on her concert tours when her school schedule permitted.
Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2018, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 425,403. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which altogether contain about 3.63 million people, and is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest.
The MacPhail Center for Music is a nonprofit music education center in the Mills District of Downtown East, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has over 16,000 students, providing instruction at more than 130 locations outside of its downtown Minneapolis facility on more than 35 instruments and in a variety of musical styles.
By age 11, she had become an accomplished pianist and was singing solos in her church choir. At age 14, she began voice lessons and also continued to study piano and music composition. As a teen at Minneapolis Central High School, she appeared in numerous stage productions and also directed several shows.
During her high school years, she entered the annual state-sponsored contests for student musical composers and won three years in a row. In 1926, she graduated from high school.
Her mother moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a vocal coach for Warner Bros. studios. Sothern moved with her father to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington, dropping out after one year.
While visiting her mother in California, she won a role in the Warner Bros. revue The Show of Shows . She did a screen test for MGM and signed a six-month contract. She appeared in bit parts and walk-on roles, but soon grew frustrated with only appearing in small roles. She then met Florenz Ziegfeld at a party. Ziegfeld offered her a role in one of his productions. When MGM decided not to pick up her option, she moved to New York City to take Ziegfeld up on his offer.
On Broadway in 1931, she had leading roles in America's Sweetheart and Everybody's Welcome .
In 1934, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Harry Cohn changed her name to Ann Sothern. "Ann" was chosen in honor of her mother and "Sothern" was chosen for Shakespearean actor E. H. Sothern.While at Columbia, she mainly appeared in B-movies roles. After two years, the studio released her from her contract. In 1936, she was signed by RKO Radio Pictures and, after a string of films that failed to attract a large enough audience, she left RKO. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shortly after leaving RKO.
After signing with MGM, Sothern was cast as brassy Brooklyn burlesque dancer Mary Anastasia O'Connor, known professionally as Maisie Ravier, in Maisie (1939). MGM originally acquired the Maisie property for Jean Harlow, but Harlow died in June 1937, before a final script was completed. (The Harlow inspiration remained, as the second Maisie feature, Congo Maisie , was based on MGM's Red Dust . Sothern approximated the Jean Harlow role opposite John Carroll in the Clark Gable role.)
After years of struggling and appearing in supporting parts, Ann Sothern found major success with Maisie. The film was profitable for MGM, as were the string of Maisie comedy sequels that followed (box office proceeds from Maisie pictures financed MGM's more costly dramas). From 1939 to 1947, she appeared in 10 Maisie films. A review of Swing Shift Maisie (1943) by Time magazine praised Sothern and described her as "one of the smartest comediennes in the business".The popularity of the film series led to her own radio program, The Adventures of Maisie , broadcast on CBS from 1945 to 1947, on Mutual Broadcasting System in 1952, and in syndication from 1949 to 1953. Due to her popularity from the Maisie films, MGM head Louis B. Mayer paid $80,000 to purchase film rights to the Broadway production of DuBarry Was a Lady especially for Miss Sothern. When Sothern rejected the revised script, MGM decided to cast Lucille Ball (Sothern's best friend in real life). Shortly after completing filming of Maisie Gets Her Man in 1942, Sothern was cast in title role in the film version of Panama Hattie (1942), opposite Red Skelton. Panama Hattie had been a hit on Broadway with Ethel Merman in the title role, but was plagued with production problems after MGM attempted to shoot the film version. After a disastrous preview in November 1941, MGM decided to delay release to retool the production. The film's original director was replaced, the script was rewritten, and several scenes were reshot. While the film received mediocre to poor reviews, it was a smash box office hit with audiences.
In 1943, she appeared in a seventh Maisie film Swing Shift Maisie followed by a role in the war drama Cry 'Havoc' . The following year, Sothern starred in the eighth Maisie film Maisie Goes to Reno before taking time off to have her first child. She returned to the screen in 1946 in Up Goes Maisie , followed by the final Maisie film Undercover Maisie . Sothern appeared in two musical films in 1948, April Showers opposite Jack Carson and Words and Music starring an all-star cast of MGM actors, singers and dancers. In 1949, she appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Letter to Three Wives for 20th Century Fox. Sothern received excellent reviews for her performance but the acclaim failed to stimulate her career, which had begun to wane in the late 1940s. In 1949, Sothern contracted hepatitis which she would battle for the next three years. After Sothern became ill, MGM canceled her contract.
By the early 1950s, Sothern was appearing only in supporting roles, in such films as The Blue Gardenia (1953). In need of money due to her mounting medical bills, she turned to television.In 1953, she was cast as the lead in the series Private Secretary . Sothern portrayed Susan Camille "Susie" MacNamara, a secretary working for New York City talent agent Peter Sands (Don Porter). The series aired on CBS on alternate weeks with The Jack Benny Program . Private Secretary was a hit with audiences, routinely placing in the top 10, and Sothern was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role on the series four times. In 1957, Private Secretary was renewed for a fifth season, but Sothern left the series after she had what she later described as a "violent fight" with producer Jack Chertok over profits from the series. Sothern owned 42% of the show and later sued Chertok for $93,000 in back profits from the series.
She returned to television the following year in The Ann Sothern Show . Sothern starred as Kathleen "Katy" O'Connor, the assistant manager at the fictitious Bartley House Hotel. The series originally co-starred Ernest Truex as Katy's timid boss Jason Macauley, who was routinely outshone by Katy, and bullied by his domineering wife Flora (Reta Shaw).Ratings for the series were weak, and after 23 episodes the show was retooled. Sothern's co-star from Private Secretary, Don Porter, signed on as Katy's boss James Devery. The addition of Porter added romantic tension to the series and helped to improve ratings. In 1959, the series won a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. During the series' second season, Jesse White, who also starred in Private Secretary, joined the cast. Ratings for the series remained solid until CBS moved The Ann Sothern Show to Thursdays for its third season. Scheduled opposite the popular ABC series The Untouchables , ratings dropped substantially and The Ann Sothern Show was canceled in 1961.
After The Ann Sothern Show ended, she returned to films in 1964's The Best Man , opposite Henry Fonda. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her work in the film. That same year, she portrayed a prostitute in the psychological thriller Lady in a Cage (1965), starring Olivia de Havilland. In 1965, she had a recurring role on her friend Lucille Ball's The Lucy Show as the "Countess Framboise" (née Rosie Harrigan). After Ball's long-time co-star Vivian Vance announced plans to leave the show, the press speculated that Sothern would be Vance's replacement. Sothern denied the rumors and, ultimately, the series continued without Vance or Sothern.
In 1965, Sothern co-starred in the TV comedy series My Mother the Car , opposite Jerry Van Dyke. The show was typical of then-popular situation comedies featuring a flying nun ( The Flying Nun ), a talking horse ( Mister Ed ), a domestic witch ( Bewitched ), or other surreal premises. Van Dyke played a struggling lawyer and family man who discovers a dilapidated, vintage 1928 automobile in a used-car lot. The antique auto speaks to him — in Ann Sothern's voice. It seems the car is the reincarnation of Van Dyke's mother. Van Dyke restores the car to its original condition and takes it home, where it bemuses his family and becomes the envy of a zealous collector. Sothern was never seen in the series; only her voice was heard, reacting tartly to zany happenings around her.
She continued the rest of the 1960s working in guest roles in television. In an Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode, entitled "Water's Edge", Sothern turned in a most impressive performance. In 1972, Sothern appeared in the Sid and Marty Krofft television special Fol-de-Rol . The next year, she played the mother of a homicidal son in psychological horror film The Killing Kind . In 1974, she traveled to Hong Kong to shoot the martial arts film Golden Needles . She portrayed the role of Ann, a mahjong parlor owner.Sothern's next role was in the 1975 action/comedy film Crazy Mama . For the rest of the decade, she worked sporadically in television and in stage productions.
Sothern returned to television in 1985 in the role of "Ma Finney" in an adaptation of one of her old films, A Letter to Three Wives . Sothern's final film was The Whales of August in 1987. Her role as the neighbor of elderly sisters, played by Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, earned her the only Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination of her career.After filming, Sothern retired from acting and moved to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years.
Over the course of her career, Sothern also managed several businesses and production companies. In the 1950s, she opened the Ann Sothern Sewing Center in Sun Valley, Idaho, which sold fabric, patterns, and sewing machines. She also owned a cattle ranch in Idaho named the A Bar S Cattle Company. Sothern owned Vincent Productions, Inc. (named for Sothern's patron saint Vincent de Paul) which produced her first series Private Secretary, and Anso Productions which produced The Ann Sothern Show.
In addition to acting, Sothern pursued a musical career. During her hiatus from Private Secretary in 1954, she starred in her own nightclub act featured in clubs in Reno, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In the late 1950s, she formed the A Bar S Music Company and released Sothern Exposure, her first album in 1958.
Sothern married actor and band leader Roger Pryor in September 1936.They separated in September 1941 and Sothern filed for divorce in April 1942, charging Pryor with mental cruelty. Their divorce became final in May 1943. Less than a week after her divorce from Pryor, she married actor Robert Sterling. The couple had one daughter, Patricia Ann "Tisha" Sterling, before divorcing in March 1949.
Shortly after filming A Letter to Three Wives, Sothern contracted infectious hepatitis after getting an impure serum shot while she was in England for a stage performance. She was confined to her bed where she continued to work on the Maisie radio program while she recuperated. Sothern later said that her illness had restored her faith. With the help of friend Richard Egan, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1952.
In 1974, Sothern was injured while appearing in a Jacksonville, Florida, stock production of Everybody Loves Opal when a fake tree fell on her back. The accident left her with a fractured lumbar vertebra and damaged nerves in her legs.Her injuries required hospitalizations where she was put in traction. She was also required to wear back braces. Due to her forced inactivity, Sothern gained a considerable amount of weight. In addition to her physical pain, Sothern also developed depression. Sothern credited her "optimistic belief" and Roman Catholic faith for getting her through. For the remainder of her life, Sothern suffered from numbness in her feet and required a cane to walk.
On March 15, 2001, Sothern died from heart failure at her home in Ketchum at the age of 92.She was buried in Ketchum Cemetery.
Ann Sothern has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for motion pictures, found on 1612 Vine Street; and television, on 1634 Vine Street.
|1927||Broadway Nights||Fan dancer||Uncredited|
|1929||The Show of Shows||Performer ("Meet My Sister" & "Daisy Bell")||Credited as Harriet Byron|
|1930||The March of Time||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|1930||Song of the West||Bit part||Credited as Harriet Lake|
|1933||Footlight Parade||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|1933||Broadway Through a Keyhole||Chorine||Uncredited|
|1933||Let's Fall in Love||Jean Kendall|
|1934||Melody in Spring||Jane Blodgett|
|1934||The Hell Cat||Geraldine Sloane|
|1934||Blind Date||Kitty Taylor|
|1934||The Party's Over||Lucky Dubarry|
|1934||Kid Millions||Joan Larrabee|
|1935||Folies Bergère de Paris||Mimi|
|1935||Eight Bells||Marge Walker|
|1935||Hooray for Love||Patricia "Pat" Thatcher|
|1935||The Girl Friend||Linda Henry|
|1935||Grand Exit||Adrienne Martin/Adeline Maxwell|
|1936||You May Be Next||Fay Stevens|
|1936||Hell-Ship Morgan||Mary Taylor|
|1936||Don't Gamble with Love||Ann Edwards|
|1936||My American Wife||Mary Cantillon|
|1936||Walking on Air||Kit Bennett|
|1936||Smartest Girl in Town||Frances "Cookie" Cooke|
|1937||There Goes My Girl||Reporter Connie Taylor|
|1937||Fifty Roads to Town||Millicent Kendall|
|1937||Danger – Love at Work||Toni Pemberton|
|1937||There Goes the Groom||Betty Russell|
|1937||She's Got Everything||Carol Rogers|
|1938||Trade Winds||Jean Livingstone|
|1939||Maisie||Maisie Ravier/Mary Anastasia O'Connor|
|1939||Hotel for Women||Eileen Connelly|
|1939||Fast and Furious||Garda Sloane|
|1939||Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President||Ethel Turp|
|1940||Congo Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1940||Brother Orchid||Florence Addams|
|1940||Gold Rush Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1941||Maisie Was a Lady||Maisie Ravier|
|1941||Ringside Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1941||Lady Be Good||Dixie Donegan Crane|
|1942||Maisie Gets Her Man||Maisie Ravier|
|1942||Panama Hattie||Hattie Maloney|
|1943||You, John Jones!||Mary Jones||Short film|
|1943||Three Hearts for Julia||Julia Seabrook|
|1943||Swing Shift Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1944||Maisie Goes to Reno||Maisie Ravier|
|1946||Up Goes Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1947||Undercover Maisie||Maisie Ravier|
|1948||April Showers||June Tyme|
|1948||Words and Music||Joyce Harmon|
|1949||A Letter to Three Wives||Rita Phipps|
|1949||The Judge Steps Out||Peggy|
|1950||Nancy Goes to Rio||Frances Elliott|
|1950||Shadow on the Wall||Dell Faring|
|1953||The Blue Gardenia||Crystal Carpenter|
|1964||The Best Man||Sue Ellen Gamadge|
|1964||Lady in a Cage||Sade|
|1965||Sylvia||Mrs. Argona/Grace Argona|
|1969||The Greatest Mother of Them All||Dolly Murdock|
|1973||The Killing Kind||Thelma Lambert|
|1974||Golden Needles||Fenzie||Alternative title: The Chase for the Golden Needles|
|1978||The Manitou||Mrs. Karmann|
|1979||The Little Dragons||Angel|
|1987||The Whales of August||Tisha Doughty||Nominated Academy Award for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Final Film Role|
|1952||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Episode: "Lady with a Will"|
|1952||All Star Revue||Guest Comedic Actress||Episode #2.24|
|1953||The Red Skelton Hour||Daisy June||Segment: "Flugelmeyer's Secret Formula"|
|1953-1957||Private Secretary||Susan Camille "Susie" MacNamara||104 episodes|
|1954||Lady in the Dark||Liza Elliot||Television special|
|1955||The Buick-Berle Show||Flora Sibley||Episode: "State of Confusion"|
|1955||The Loretta Young Show||Guest Hostess||Episode: "Man in the Ring"|
|1957||The Ford Television Theatre||Christine Emerson||Episode: "With No Regrets"|
|1957||The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour||Susie MacNamara||Episode: "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana"|
|1958||The Steve Allen Plymouth Show||Comedian-Mr & Mrs IQ||Episode: "From Hollywood: The Photoplay Movie Awards"|
|1958-1961||The Ann Sothern Show||Katy O'Connor||93 episodes|
|1959||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||Martha||Episode: "Night Out"|
|1964||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Helen Cox||Episode: "Water's Edge"|
|1964||Insight||Fran Henderson||Episode: "Boss Toad"|
|1965||The Lucy Show||Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise||7 episodes|
|1965||The Legend of Jesse James||Widow Fay||Episode: "The Widow Fay"|
|1965-1966||My Mother the Car||Gladys Crabtree (Voice)||30 episodes|
|1967||The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Aunt Magda||Episode: "The Carpathian Killer Affair"|
|1967||The Outsider||Mrs. Kozzek||Television film|
|1968||Family Affair||Florence Cahill||Episode: "A Man's Place"|
|1969||Love, American Style||Mrs. Devlin||Segment: "Love and the Bachelor"|
|1971||The Virginian||Della Spencer||Episode: "The Legacy of Spencer Flats"|
|1971||The Chicago Teddy Bears||Episode: "The Rivalry"|
|1971||Alias Smith and Jones||Blackjack Jenny||Episode: "Everything Else You Can Steal"|
|1972||Fol-de-Rol||Queen Gertrude||Television special|
|1975||Medical Story||Mrs. Metulski||Episode: "The Moonlight Heater"|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Mrs. Finch||Miniseries|
|1985||A Letter to Three Wives||Ma Finney||Television film|
|1945||Old Gold Comedy Theatre||Episode: "Boy Meets Girl"|
|1952||The Screen Guild Theater||Episode: "Bachelor Mother"|
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1987||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Whales of August||Nominated|
|1959||Golden Globe Award||Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||The Ann Sothern Show||Won|
|1964||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||The Best Man||Nominated|
|1988||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||The Whales of August||Nominated|
|1955||Primetime Emmy Awards||Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series||Private Secretary||Nominated|
|1956||Primetime Emmy Awards||Best Comedienne||Nominated|
|1956||Primetime Emmy Awards||Best Actress - Continuing Performance||Private Secretary||Nominated|
|1957||Primetime Emmy Awards||Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series||Private Secretary||Nominated|
|1959||Primetime Emmy Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series||The Ann Sothern Show||Nominated|
|2005||TV Land Awards||Favorite Heard But Not Seen Character||My Mother the Car||Nominated|
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