Ann Harding

Actor, Script reader, Insurance clerk
Established Broadway lead who landed a contract in 1929 with Pathe (very soon thereafter part of RKO) and starred in a series of soap operas through the mid-1930s, most typically as suffering heroines who must make ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1901 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Hopkins (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened on Fifth Avenue 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Janie 1944 (Movie)

Lucille Conway (Actor)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peter Ibbetson 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

When Ladies Meet 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Condemned (Movie)

Madame Vidal (Actor)

Devotion (Movie)

Shirley Mortimer (Actor)

Double Harness (Movie)

Joan Colby (Actor)

East Lynne (Movie)

Lady Isabella (Actor)

Eyes in the Night (Movie)

Norma Lawry (Actor)

Holiday (Movie)

Linda Seton (Actor)

Janie Gets Married (Movie)

Lucille Conway (Actor)

Love from a Stranger (Movie)

Carol Howard (Actor)

Nine Girls (Movie)

Grace Thornton (Actor)

The Animal Kingdom (Movie)

Daisy Sage (Actor)

The Conquerors (Movie)

Caroline Ogden Standish (Actor)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

Minnie (Actor)

The Lady Consents (Movie)

Anne Talbot (Actor)

The Life of Vergie Winters (Movie)

Vergie Winters (Actor)

The Magnificent Yankee (Movie)

Fanny Bowditch Holmes (Actor)

The North Star (Movie)

Sophia (Actor)

The Right to Romance (Movie)

Dr. Margaret Simmons (Actor)

The Witness Chair (Movie)

Paula Young (Actor)

Two Weeks With Love (Movie)

Katherine Robinson (Actor)

Biography

Established Broadway lead who landed a contract in 1929 with Pathe (very soon thereafter part of RKO) and starred in a series of soap operas through the mid-1930s, most typically as suffering heroines who must make noble sacrifices for the men they love. With her ash-blonde hair usually swept back into a bun, the patrician Harding brought a gentle, serene strength to such worthy star vehicles as "When Ladies Meet" (1933) and "The Life of Vergie Winters" (1934) but fared less well in such awkward efforts as "Devotion" (1931) and "Enchanted April" (1935). Ideal for the philosophical sophistication of playwright Phillip Barry, Harding shone in fine adaptations of two of Barry's best comedy-drama talkfests: "Holiday" (1930), for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, and "The Animal Kingdom" (1932). Two of her best films came late in her reign as a star: the haunting, almost surreal love story "Peter Ibbetson" (1935, opposite Gary Cooper) and the taut suspense melodrama "Love from a Stranger" (1937, with Basil Rathbone).

Relationships

Harry Bannister

Husband
Married Oct. 21, 1926 Bannister acted in support of Harding in "Her Private Affair" (1929) and "The Girl of the Golden West" (1930) Divorced 1932

Jane Bannister

Daughter
father Harry Bannister

Werner Janssen Music

Husband
Married 1937 Divorced 1963

Grace Janssen

Daughter
adoptive father Werner Janssen

EDUCATION

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr , Pennsylvania
dropped out after one year

Milestones

1956

Appeared in last feature film, "Strange Intruder"

1941

Returned to films after a five-year absence to play opposite Edward Arnold in "Eyes in the Night"

1937

Last starring role, in "Love from a Stranger", made in Britain

1936

Contract dropped by RKO

1929

Began as a film actress at Pathe (soon to be absorbed into RKO) with a leading role in "Paris Bound" opposite fellow newcomer from the stage Fredric March; immediately became a popular star

1923

Was associated with the Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania; appeared in inaugural production of "Candida"

1921

Made stage acting debut with the Provincetown Players of Greenwich Village; made it to Broadway the same year

Spent much of her youth moving from one military base to another in the US and Cuba with her mother and father, a career Army officer

Worked as an insurance clerk when her family moved to New York; moonlighted as a script reader for the Famous Players-Lasky Company

Bonus Trivia

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Harding received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her starring role in the 1930 screen adaptation of Philip Barry's play "Holiday" (in the role Katharine Hepburn would essay in the better 1938 remake).

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Ann Harding was reportedly responsible for naming the Hedgerow Theatre by quiping "we will perform theater if we have to do it in the hedgerows".

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