Constance Cummings

Actor
This highly talented blonde actress made 20 Hollywood films in four years before moving to England where her sophistication and abilities were better served in both motion pictures and on the stage. Constance Cummings ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1910 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Love Song 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "Dead Man's Folly" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Wings 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Long Day's Journey Into Night 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Cool of the Day 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Gellert (Actor)

Sammy Going South 1963 (Movie)

Gloria Von Imhoff (Actor)

The Battle of the Sexes 1959 (Movie)

Angela Barrows (Actor)

Finger of Guilt 1956 (Movie)

Kay Wallace (Actor)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

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Seven Sinners 1935 (Movie)

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Movie Crazy 1931 (Movie)

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Guilty Generation 1930 (Movie)

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American Madness (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Behind the Mask (TV Show)

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Glamour (Movie)

Linda Fayne (Actor)

Night After Night (Movie)

Jerry Healy (Actor)

Remember Last Night (Movie)

Carlotta Milburn (Actor)

The Billion Dollar Scandal (Movie)

Doris Masterson (Actor)

The Mind Reader (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

Fran Harper (Actor)

Washington Merry-Go-Round (Movie)

Alice Wylie (Actor)

Biography

This highly talented blonde actress made 20 Hollywood films in four years before moving to England where her sophistication and abilities were better served in both motion pictures and on the stage. Constance Cummings was born in Seattle and began her career in stock companies at age 16. Within two years, she had made it to Broadway as a chorine in "Treasure Girl", subsequently playing in "The Little Show" (1929) before scoring a success as the leading lady of "This Man's Town" in 1930. Inevitably, Hollywood beckoned and Cummings lent her talents to a string of films at several studios. She debuted as the daughter of a prison warden (Walter Huston) who falls in love with an ex-con (Phillips Holmes) in the creaky melodrama "Criminal Code" (1931). Often, though, Cummings was superior to the material in which she was cast (e.g., "Lover Come Back" 1931). She was too classy a rival to Mae West for George Raft in "Night After Night" (1932) but offered strong support to Walter Huston in Frank Capra's early study of an idealist fighting what's right in "American Madness" (1932). "Movie Crazy" (also 1932) cast her as leading lady to Harold Lloyd in this semi-autobiographical behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking. Cummings made a suitable rival to Irene Dunne in "This Man Is Mine" (1934) and was fine as the socialite wife of Robert Young in James Whale's comedy whodunit "Remember Last Night?" (1935).

Relationships

Jemina Levy

Daughter

Jonathan Levy

Son

Kate Cummings

Mother

Dallas Halverstadt

Father

Benn Levy

Husband
married from 1933 until his death in 1973

EDUCATION

St Nicholas School

Seattle , Washington

Milestones

1987

Was featured in an English production of "Crown Matrimonial"

1987

Final acting role on American TV, the "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation of "Love Song" (PBS)

1986

Toured UK in one-woman show, "Fanny Kemble"

1984

Played Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. FL

1983

Reprised her stage role in the small screen version of "Wings" (aired on PBS' "American Playhouse")

1979

Triumped on New York stage in "Wings"; won Best Actress Tony Award as a stroke victim

1976

Toured the UK playing the wife in Edward Albee's "All Over"

1973

Portrayed Mme. Ranyevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard"

1973

Reprised role as Mary Tyrone in the ABC presentation of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1970

Co-starred opposite Laurence Olivier in the National Theatre staging of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1968

Played Gertrude to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet"; played in both London and NYC

1964

Played Martha in the West End production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1963

Final feature film appearances, "In the Cool of the Day" and "Sammy Going South/A Boy Ten Feet Tall"

1961

Played Sarah in the London production of "JB"

1957

Played title role in TV version of "The Trial of Mary Dugan"

1956

Appeared in Joseph Losey's look at British filmmaking "Finger of Guilt"

1953

Co-starred in the London production of "The Shrike"

1944

Co-starred as Ruth in film version of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

1940

Played the mystery writer wife of Robert Montgomery's Peter Whimsey in "Busman's Honeymoon/Haunted Honeymoon"

1939

Played Juliet and Saint Joan with the Old Vic

1938

Began radio work with "Showmen of England"

1938

Appeared in experimental TV version of "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1937

Had title role in the Broadway play "Madame Bovary"

1936

First British film, "Seven Sinners"

1936

Played Regina Conti in the London and Broadway stagings of "Young Madame Conti"

1935

Featured with Robert Young in James Whale's comedy-whodunit "Remember Last Night?"

1934

London stage debut in "Sour Grapes"

1934

Moved to England

1934

Fought with Irene Dunne for the affections of Ralph Bellamy in "This Man Is Mine"

1932

Worked with Karloff in "Behind the Mask"

1932

Appeared opposite Harold Lloyd in "Movie Crazy"

1931

Went to Hollywood; made screen debut in "The Criminal Code" opposite Walter Huston and Boris Karloff

1928

Reached Broadway in chorus of "Treasure Girl"

1926

Made stage debut in stock productions

During WWII, appeared in six plays staged for the benefit of the British forces

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1974

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