Charlotte Greenwood

Actor, Dancer, Comedian
This long-legged, gangly comic actress' career stretched from turn-of-the-century vaudeville to the splashy musical films of WWII and beyond. Charlotte Greenwood left school early and took to the stage, first as a ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Oklahoma! 1955 (Movie)

Aunt Eller (Actor)

Dangerous When Wet 1953 (Movie)

Ma Higgins (Actor)

Up in Mabel's Room 1944 (Movie)

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Springtime in the Rockies 1941 (Movie)

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Tall, Dark and Handsome 1940 (Movie)

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The Perfect Snob 1940 (Movie)

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Biography

This long-legged, gangly comic actress' career stretched from turn-of-the-century vaudeville to the splashy musical films of WWII and beyond. Charlotte Greenwood left school early and took to the stage, first as a chorus girl in "The White Cat" (1905), later in vaudeville with Eunice Burnham, billed as "Two Girls and a Piano". She became a star with the stage show "So Long, Letty" (1916), which established her character for all time: a rowdy, man-chasing gal with a good heart and a stork-like dancing skill ("Lady Longlegs" was Greenwood's nickname). With her long face and prominent chin, Greenwood was not pretty in a conventional sense, but she nonetheless starred in a series of "Lettys": "Linger Longer, Letty" (1919), "Letty Pepper" (1922), "Leaning on Letty" (1935). Greenwood appeared in a number of other shows, as well as two indifferent silent films, "Jane" (1915) and "Baby Mine" (1927).

Relationships

Martin Broones

Husband
married from 1924 until hi death in the late 1970s

Andrew Jacquette

Great-Great-Grandfather
Revolutionary war hero

Cyril Ring

Husband
younger brother of vaudeville star Blanche Ring married in 1915 divorced in 1920

Milestones

1956

Final film, "The Opposite Sex"

1950

Final Broadway appearance, "Out of This World"

1940

Signed long-term contract with 20th Century-Fox

1929

First talking film, "So Long, Letty", an adaptation of her stage success

1916

Breakthrough stage role, "So Long, Letty"

1915

First film, "Jane"

1905

Broadway debut, in chorus of "The White Cat"

Toured in vaudeville with Eunice Burnham late 1900s-early 1910s

Bonus Trivia

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On her comic acrobatics: "One day I happened to put my foot up and twist it round a little. Something in the way I did it made the audience laugh . . . as I found it amused people I began to do more and more weird stunts . . . I'm so identified with this kind of part that I'm afraid I'd have a lot of trouble if I tried to take up anything else. If I were playing in an Ibsen tragedy the audience would probably expect me to put one foot on the mantlepiece." --Charlotte Greenwood, quoted in unidentified 1916 newspaper

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On her appearance: "The kind of wrapping you come in has nothing to do with it. As quickly as you realize that, contentment and peace come--from the heart. Happiness is within you." --Charlotte Greenwood, quoted in WHATEVER BECAME OF...? by Richard Lamparski

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