Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Ann Sothern (1909-2001) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Harriette Arlene Lake in Valley City, ND, Ann Sothern is remembered for multiple Golden Age television hits following a movie career highlighted by ten Maisie features for MGM between 1939-47. After a run of Hollywood bit parts through 1930, Harriette Lake left for Broadway where she gained enough notice to be rediscovered by Hollywood. She spent a couple of years at Columbia, where she was rechristened Ann Sothern, then a few more at RKO, appearing in titles like Blind Date (1934), Kid Millions (1934) with Eddie Cantor, Folies Bergère de Paris (1935), and Smartest Girl in Town (1936), one of five with Gene Raymond during this period. A supporting role in Trade Winds (1938) with Fredric March and Joan Bennett gained her notice and landed her the Maisie (1939) job at MGM. In between ten Maisie pictures, Sothern played in Brother Orchid (1940), Lady Be Good (1941), Panama Hattie (1942), and Cry 'Havoc' (1943), with what is considered her best big screen role in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) coming a few years after the Maisies. MGM dropped her while she battled hepatitis, but Sothern's second act on television became her true bread and butter, assuring her fame and—through savvy business skills—fortune. First up was Personal Secretary, which ran on CBS from 1953-57 and earned Sothern four Emmy nominations along the way. Another Emmy nom and a Golden Globe victory came during the 1958-61 run of The Ann Sothern Show. A handful of movies, including The Best Man (1964) and Lady In a Cage (1964), predated more TV, first as a regular guest star on ole RKO pal Lucille Ball's The Lucy Show, and then heard, but not seen in the title role of My Mother the Car in 1965-66. Sothern kept busy on TV and a few movies through the 1970s, then after an absence of a few years had a cameo in NBC's TV Movie remake of A Letter to Three Wives (1985). That appearance landed Sothern a part in her final film, The Whales of August (1987) with Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, and earned her her only Academy Award nomination, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, received at age 79.
Birthday: January 22