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Ann Sothern (1909-2001)

  1. Isabel Jewell, Lost Horizon, 1936.   She pushed hard to play the prostitute Gloria but was rejected in favour of the jewel of Wyoming…  best known as white trash Emmy Slattery in Gone With The Wind, among her typecast gallery of hard-boiled broads, tough molls, dumb blondes and sassy hookers. 
  2. Irene Dunne, Joy of Living, 1938. Too ill for what was Joy of Loving until the censors got hold of it. "Sometimes I'll watch an old movie on television and, you know something? I'm amazed at what a lousy actress I was. I guess in the old days we just got by on glamour."
  3. Lucille Ball, Du Barry Was A Lady,  1942.   The film of Cole Porter’s Court of Louis XV was always aimed at Mae West. And it showed (with, said Time magazine, “vulgarity from the lesser lavatories.”). When Mae went West, Sothern went south -  pregnant.  Then, her friend took over as May Day when…   after a knock on his head,  Red Skelton dreamt  he was Louis XV chasing after  Madame Du Barry.  You hadda be there!
  4. Ann Richards, An American Romance, 1943.     Upon losing Bergman from the finale of his “war, wheat, and steel” trilogfy (after The Big Parade and Our Daily Bread), director King Vidor saw Sothern and Frances Giffford before setling on Richards for the ultra-US story. Earlier titles had been America, American Miracle, The Magic Land, This Is America, An American Story.
  5. Angela Lansbury, The Harvey Girls,  1945.   The birds  are waitresses at the famous 1880s’ Fred Harvey restaurant chain. (MGM accepted any excuse for a Judy Garland musical).   Sothern, Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, Lana Turner  had the good fortune to  lose Em - which had poor Lansbury hissed at by the public for being a rival (on-screen) to everyne’sweetheart. Judy! 
  6. Gloria Grahame, It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
  7. Celeste Holm, All About Eve, 1949.


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