Frances Starr

  1. Ina Claire, Claudia, 1943.  For the bantering  mother of the titular child  bride Dorothy McGuire, all of 27!), producer David O Selznick looked over Beverly Bayne, Mrs Brown in  the Chicago stage production,  and Frances Starr, the original mother  on  Broadway.  Plus Ina Claire (the ex-Mrs John Gilbert), whose dozen movies included Garbo’s Ninotchka, 1939… and Marion Davies, but her all-powerful lover, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, didn’t want to see her playing someone  who died. So no Ophelia or Joan of Ark for her.

 Birth year: 1886Death year: 1973Other name: Casting Calls:  1