Alice Faye

Actor, Singer
Many young girls dreamt of success on Broadway, but Alice Faye not only attained it, she eclipsed that triumph by also becoming a beloved star of the silver screen. Through a combination of talent, timing and good luck ... Read more »
Born: 05/04/1915 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Carmen Miranda: The South American Way 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyrone Power: The Last Idol 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

Melissa Frake (Actor)

Hello, Frisco, Hello 1942 (Movie)

Trudy Evans (Actor)

Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 (Movie)

Molly Adair (Actor)

Alexander's Ragtime Band 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Old Chicago 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sing, Baby, Sing 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of Burlesque 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barricade (Movie)

Emmy Jordan (Actor)

Fallen Angel (Movie)

June Mills (Actor)

Four Jills in a Jeep (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

George White's Scandals (Movie)

Honey Walters (Actor)

Irving Berlin's America (TV Show)

Actor

Lillian Russell (Movie)

Lillian Russell (Actor)

Little Old New York (Movie)

Pat O'Day (Actor)

On the Avenue (Movie)

Mona Merrick (Actor)

Rose of Washington Square (Movie)

Rose Sargent (Actor)

Sally, Irene and Mary (Movie)

Sally Day (Actor)

Stowaway (Movie)

Susan Parker (Actor)

Tail Spin (Movie)

Trixie Lee (Actor)

That Night in Rio (Movie)

Baroness Cecilia Duarte (Actor)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

Eadie Allen (Actor)

The Great American Broadcast (Movie)

Vicki Adams (Actor)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

Jerry Dolan (Actor)

Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Katie Blane (Actor)

Wake up and Live (Movie)

Alice Huntley (Actor)

Weekend in Havana (Movie)

Nan Spencer (Actor)
Music (2)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

("A Rose Is Not a Rose") (Song Performer)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

Song Performer from the film "Hello, Frisco, Hello"("You'll Never Know") (Song Performer)

Biography

Many young girls dreamt of success on Broadway, but Alice Faye not only attained it, she eclipsed that triumph by also becoming a beloved star of the silver screen. Through a combination of talent, timing and good luck, Faye was able to launch her stage career while still a teenager, demonstrating considerable ability as both a dancer and a singer. She was soon signed to a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox and became a star virtually right out of the gate with her performance in "George White's Scandals" (1934). Parts of similar stature followed in over 30 Fox films, including perennial favorites like "In Old Chicago" (1938), "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938), "Rose of Washington Square" (1939), "Lillian Russell" (1940), "Hello, Frisco, Hello," and "The Gang's All Here" (both 1943). Most of these showcased her skills as a first-rate musical star, but she was also occasionally given the chance to impress viewers as a dramatic performer in headier fare. When her tenure with Fox ended, Faye enjoyed a long and successful run on radio with husband Phil Harris and settled into a retirement that would be periodically interrupted by trips back to the big screen and even Broadway almost 40 years after she last trod the boards there. In addition to becoming the most popular star of musicals in the world for a period of time, Alice Faye was also one of the only movie stars to walk away from the business while at the height of her popularity.

Relationships

Alice Leppert

Mother

Phil Harris

Husband
married on May 12, 1941 remarried on September 20, 1941 died in July 1995

Charles Leppert

Father
of Irish ancestry

Bill Leppert

Brother
older

Tony Martin Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 4, 1937 Divorced 1940

Tony Martin

Husband
married on Septemeber 4, 1937 divorced in 1940

Phyllis Middleton

Daughter
born on April 26, 1944 father, Phil Harris

Alice Regan

Daughter
born on May 19, 1942 father, Phil Harris

Rudy Vallee Actor

Companion
Faye was named in divorce proceedings initiated by Rudy Vallee's wife in 1935

EDUCATION

P S 84

New York , New York
quit school at age 13 after completing eighth grade to pursue show business career

Milestones

1984

Became spokesperson for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, advising "young elders" on how to live a healthy life

1978

Made another comeback in several films, including "Every Girl Should Have One" and "The Magic of Lassie"

1975

Toured in "Good News" with another former co-star, Don Ameche

1973

Appeared on stage in revival of "Good News" with former co-star John Payne

1962

Returned to film acting in "State Fair"

1944

Last starring role in the drama "Fallen Angel"; quit the studio over dissatisfaction with the film's final cut which seemed to favor co-star Linda Darnell

1942

Introduced the Oscar-winning song "You'll Never Know" in "Hello, Frisco, Hello"

1942

Last musical vehicle, "The Gang's All Here"

1940

Forced to drop out of "Down Argentine Way" due to apendicitis

1938

Made motion pictures exhibitor's poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row

1936

After creation of 20th Century-Fox, given new contract at a salary of $2000 per week

1935

Put under contract at William Fox Studio; Fox attempted to turn her into a rival to Jean Harlow

1934

Film debut, "George White's Scandals" with Rudy Vallee

1933

Made NBC network radio debut on Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann Hour program

1933

Injured in an automobile accident and hospitalized

1931

Broadway debut in dancing chorus of "George White's Scandals of 1931"

1931

Heard singing at a party by Rudy Vallee and hired to tour as a singer with his orchestra (date approximate)

1929

Professional debut as dancer in chorus line at Capitol Theater in New York after auditioning for dance director Chester Hale (date approximate)

1928

Hired by the Ziegfeld Follies as a chorus girl; dropped when they discovered Faye was only 13 years old

Joined chorus of New York nightclub, the Hollywood Restaurant, and the chorus of the Palais D'Or floor show

Toured the eastern circuit of Loews Theaters in New York area with Chester Hale's unit

Hosted radio program, "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" with husband

Added three years to her age and began her career

Bonus Trivia

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Miss Fay always insisted she was born in 1915 and not in 1912 which reference books listed, claiming she added the years at the start of her career because she was only 13 when she joined the Chester Hale vaudeville troupe but had to pretend to be 16.

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