Ann Sothern

Actor, Singer
Singer and comedienne Ann Sothern turned heads and amused audiences via her ability to deliver sharp dialogue with verve and comedic bite. After appearances in Broadway musicals, Sothern earned her keep in B-movies, but ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1909 in Valley City, North Dakota, USA


Actor (69)

The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)

Tisha Doughty (Actor)

A Letter to Three Wives 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Little Dragons 1979 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

The Manitou 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Karmann (Actor)

Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)

Sheba Stokes (Actor)

Golden Needles 1974 (Movie)

Finzie (Actor)

Fol-De-Rol 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


The Killing Kind 1972 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

The Outsider 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)


My Mother the Car 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)


Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

Mrs Argona (Actor)

Lady in a Cage 1964 (Movie)

Sade (Actor)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Gamadge (Actor)

The Ann Sothern Show 1958 - 1962 (TV Show)


Always April 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)


The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)


The Desilu Revue 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


Holiday in Las Vegas 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)


Private Secretary 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)


Lady in the Dark 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)


Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)


The Blue Gardenia 1953 (Movie)

Crystal Carpenter (Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)


A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

Rita Phipps (Actor)

Cry Havoc 1944 (Movie)


Brother Orchid 1939 (Movie)


Folies Bergere 1934 (Movie)


Doughboys 1930 (Movie)

Wac (Actor)

A Death of Innocence (TV Show)


Alias Smith and Jones (TV Show)


April Showers (Movie)

June Tyme (Actor)

Broadway Nights (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)


Collecting America (TV Show)


Congo Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Danger: Love at Work (Movie)

Toni Pemberton (Actor)

Dangerous Number (Movie)

Elinor (Actor)

Dulcy (Movie)

Dulcy Ward (Actor)

Fifty Roads to Town (Movie)

Millicent Kendall (Actor)

Gold Rush Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Hold Everything (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Hooray for Love (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Hotel for Women (Movie)

Eileen Connelly (Actor)

Kid Millions (Movie)

Joan Larrabee (Actor)

Lady Be Good (Movie)

Dixie Donegan (Actor)

Let's Fall in Love (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Maisie Gets Her Man (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Maisie Goes to Reno (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Maisie Was a Lady (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

My American Wife (Movie)

Mary Cantillon (Actor)

Nancy Goes to Rio (Movie)

Frances Elliott (Actor)

Panama Hattie (Movie)

Hattie Maloney (Actor)

Ringside Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Smartest Girl in Town (Movie)

Francis Cooke (Actor)

Swing Shift Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Show)


The Judge Steps Out (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

The Outsider (Movie)


The Party's Over (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

The Weekend Nun (TV Show)


There Goes My Girl (Movie)

Connie Taylor (Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Three Hearts for Julia (Movie)

Julia Seabrook (Actor)

Trade Winds (Movie)

Jean Livingstone (Actor)

Undercover Maisie (Movie)

Maisie Ravier (Actor)

Walking on Air (Movie)

Kit Bennett (Actor)

Whoopee! (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)


Singer and comedienne Ann Sothern turned heads and amused audiences via her ability to deliver sharp dialogue with verve and comedic bite. After appearances in Broadway musicals, Sothern earned her keep in B-movies, but finally hit her stride as a contract player at MGM, where she toplined the company's popular series of "Maisie" pictures. Although Sothern eventually tired of playing the brassy Brooklyn showgirl, audiences loved her in the role, and the actress also impressed with her turn in the critically acclaimed "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949). Upon hitting her forties, Sothern found fewer motion pictures opportunities, but her popularity was reignited with the sitcoms "Private Secretary" (CBS, 1953-57) and "The Ann Sothern Show" (CBS, 1958-1961), which earned Sothern several Emmy nominations. Her movie and television work slowed down in the decade that followed and an unfortunate accident during the 1970s gave Sothern back issues that rendered her unable to act for an extended period. She did manage to step before the cameras again, but unlike many veteran performers who end their career on a depressing note, Sothern exited the business with Lindsay Anderson's widely praised "The Whales of August" (1987), which earned her a long overdue Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Widely respected by both audiences and her peers for the sharp comedic ability she displayed for years in film and on television, Sothern earned her place in both mediums and enjoyed a solid and loyal fan base right up to the end of her life.


Roger Pryor

maried in 1936 divorced in 1942

Robert Sterling

married in 1943 divorced in 1949 father of Tisha Sterling

Tisha Sterling

born December 10, 1944 father Robert Sterling survived her

Annette Yde-Lake

worked in Hollywood in early sound era as diction and vocal coach


University of Washington

Seattle , Washington
attended three years



Returned to films to play supporting role in "The Whales of August"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination


Left MGM; last films there, "Nancy Goes to Rio" and "Shadow on the Wall"


Last film as Maisie, "Undercover Maisie"


Sought to be released from RKO contract and joined MGM in first of series of "Maisie" films


Left Columbia and signed seven-year contract with RKO; acted opposite Gene Raymond in several popular comedies and musicals


Began achieving success in leading roles


Signed contract with Columbia; dyed hair from red to platinum blonde


Returned to Hollywood and appeared (unbilled) in "Broadway Through a Keyhole"


First leading role on Broadway in Rodgers and Hart's "America's Sweetheart"


Broadway debut in chorus of Florenz Ziegfeld's "Smiles"


Had bit in early sound musical, "The Show of Shows" (as Harriet Lake)

Toured in "The Glass Menagerie", "Gypsy" and "The Solid Gold Cadillac"

Starred on first TV series, "Private Secretary"

Nomadic childhood, following mother's travels as a concert singer

Provided the voice of a woman reincarnated as an automobile on the sitcom "My Mother, the Car"

Bonus Trivia


Sothern's agents reportedly turned down an offer for the actress to play the older courtesan in "Zorba the Greek" when Simone Signoret withdrew from the project. The part went to Lila Kedrova who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.


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