Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Ann Harding (1902-1981) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Dorothy Walton Gatley in San Antonio, TX, Harding was an army brat who went to high school in East Orange, NJ, and attended Bryn Mawr College for one semester. While working in the welfare division of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company she took side-work as a script reader for Famous Players-Lasky in New York. She successfully auditioned for a role in The Inheritors in 1921, taking the name Ann Harding to counter her father's objections to a stage career. Harding impressed enough to make her Broadway debut that same year in Like a King. She was in the hit Tarnish (1923), signed a long-term deal with Al Woods, and had her greatest stage success in The Trial of Mary Dugan (1927), which ran for 437 performances. Talking pictures made Harding a natural for Hollywood, where she signed with Pathé and debuted in Paris Bound (1929). She received her only Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the original screen version of Holiday (1930). Other popular Ann Harding features during this peak period of her film career include East Lynne (1931), The Conquerors (1932), The Animal Kingdom (1932), When Ladies Meet (1933), Double Harness (1933), The Life of Vergie Winters (1934), and Peter Ibbetson (1935). Previously married to actor Harry Bannister from 1926-32, Harding married composer Werner Janssen in England in 1937—they divorced in 1963. While in England she also appeared in a film and starred in Candida at the Globe Theatre. She returned to films in Eyes in the Night (1942), and shined as a character actress in titles like Mission to Moscow (1943), It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947), The Magnificent Yankee (1950), and later in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). Harding kept busy on TV appearing in numerous anthology series and making series guest appearances throughout the fifties and early sixties. After filing for divorce from Janssen, she returned to Broadway a couple of times in the early sixties, but neither show lasted beyond a handful of performances. Her final acting appearance came in a 1965 episode of TV's Ben Casey. Ann Harding died at age 79 in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Birthday: August 7