Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Constance Cummings (1910-2005) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Constance Cummings Halverstadt in Seattle, WA, Cummings is featured in twenty Hollywood releases between 1930-1935, but after marrying screenwriter Benn Levy, she continued her career in his native Britain, never again appearing in another Hollywood film. Her best known screen appearance came in the UK opposite Rex Harrison in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (1945) directed by David Lean. She was also tremendously successful on the British stage, where she appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night in 1971. But the Constance Cummings we are primarily concerned with is the Hollywood edition, imported from Broadway by Goldwyn scouts, but signed by Columbia after failing her screen test for Goldwyn. She debuted as Walter Huston's daughter in Howard Hawks' The Criminal Code (1930), and was kept busy the next few years in several enjoyable films from the pre-Code era. Cummings is featured in titles such as Frank Capra's American Madness (1932); opposite Harold Lloyd in Movie Crazy (1932); leading lady in Night After Night (1932), though that film is best known for Mae West's movie debut; she's opposite Warren William in The Mind Reader (1933); and stars in Walter Winchell's Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933). Two rare ones from this period that I recommend seeking out are Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932) and The Billion Dollar Scandal (1933). Constance Cummings' final Hollywood release was Remember Last Night? (1935).
Birthday: May 15
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