Gladys George

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Gladys George
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George in 1937
Gladys Clare Evans

(1904-09-13)September 13, 1904
Patten, Maine, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1954(1954-12-08) (aged 50)
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1918–1954
    Ben Erway
    (m. 1922;div. 1930)
      Edward Fowler
      (m. 1933;div. 1935)
        (m. 1935;div. 1944)
          Kenneth Bradley
          (m. 1946;div. 1951)

Gladys George (born Gladys Clare Evans; September 13, 1904 – December 8, 1954) was an American actress of stage and screen. Though nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936), she spent most of her career in supporting roles in films such as Marie Antoinette (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Flamingo Road (1949).


Early life

George was born on September 13, 1904 [1] in Patten, Maine to British parents, Sir Arthur Evans Clare, a "noted Shakespearean actor", and his wife, Lady Alice. [2] [3] Another source indicated "Gladys was born in a little town in Missouri, where the troupe her parents belonged to happened to be stranded at the time." [4]


George went on the stage at the age of 3 and toured the United States, appearing with her parents, who were British actors. [4] She starred onstage in the 1920s, and she had made several films during the early part of that decade. For her role in the film Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936), she received a Best Actress nomination at the 9th Academy Awards. [5]

Other roles were in Madame X (1937), Marie Antoinette (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Way of All Flesh (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), He Ran All the Way (1951), Detective Story (1951), and Lullaby of Broadway (1951).

George's Broadway credits include The Distant City, Lady in Waiting, and The Betrothal. [6]

Personal life

Gladys George was married and divorced four times. All of the unions were childless.


George was afflicted with numerous ailments, including throat cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. [12] She died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954 in Los Angeles, California, aged 50, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Burbank, California. [14]


Red Hot Dollars 1919Janet Muirfilm debut
The Woman in the Suitcase 1920Ethel
Below the Surface 1920Alice
Homespun Folks 1920Beulah Rogers
The Easy Road 1921Isabel Grace
Chickens 1921Julia Stoneman
The House that Jazz Built1921Lila Drake
Straight Is the Way 1934Shirley
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie 1936Carrie SnyderNominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only Academy Award for which Gladys George was ever nominated.
They Gave Him a Gun 1937Rose DuffyCo-starred with Spencer Tracy.
Madame X 1937Madame X / Jacqueline Fleuriot / Miss PranOnly film starring Gladys George to have been released on VHS.
Love Is a Headache 1938Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee
Marie Antoinette 1938 Madame du Barry First time Gladys George portrayed a historical figure. First supporting role since Oscar nomination.
I'm from Missouri 1939Julie Bliss
Here I Am a Stranger 1939Clara Paulding
The Roaring Twenties 1939Panama Smith James Cagney film with one of many substantial early supporting roles for Humphrey Bogart.
A Child Is Born 1939Florette Laverne
The House Across the Bay 1940Mary Bogel
The Way of All Flesh 1940Anna Kriza
The Lady from Cheyenne 1941Elsie
Hit the Road 1941Molly Ryan
The Maltese Falcon 1941Iva Archer
The Hard Way 1943Lily Emery
The Crystal Ball 1943Madame Zenobia
Nobody's Darling 1943Eve Hawthorne
Christmas Holiday 1944Valerie De Merode
Minstrel Man 1945Mae White
Steppin' in Society 1945Penelope Webster
The Best Years of Our Lives 1946Hortense Derry
Millie's Daughter 1947Millie Maitland
Alias a Gentleman 1948Madge Parkson
Flamingo Road 1949Lute Mae Sanders
Bright Leaf 1950Rose
Undercover Girl 1950Liz Crow
Lullaby of Broadway 1951Jessica Howard
He Ran All the Way 1951Mrs. Robey
Detective Story 1951Miss Hatch
Silver City 1951Mrs. Barber
It Happens Every Thursday 1953Mrs. Lucinda Holmes

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  2. "SIR ARTHUR EVANS CLARE; Actor, Father of Gladys George, Is Dead in Hollywood" . The New York Times. October 26, 1939. p. O29. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
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  12. 1 2 Gladys George TCM. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  13. "Gladys George Is Married" . July 10, 1946. p. 19.
  14. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3rd ed. McFarland. p. 275.

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