Kay Francis

Actor, Producer, Real estate agent
One of the most glamorous stars of the 1930s, Kay Francis spent much of her screen time dressed to the nines in a series of the latest fashions. An imposing 5'9" tall, she received her start on stage and then graduated ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1899 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

Wonder Bar 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cynara 1931 (Movie)

Clemency Warlock (Actor)

Trouble in Paradise 1931 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

Biography

One of the most glamorous stars of the 1930s, Kay Francis spent much of her screen time dressed to the nines in a series of the latest fashions. An imposing 5'9" tall, she received her start on stage and then graduated into the movie industry as a contract player at first, Paramount Pictures, and then Warner Brothers. Despite a mild speech impediment, she swiftly became one of Hollywood's premiere leading ladies, thanks to successes like "One Way Passage" (1932), "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "Mandalay" (1934), and "I Found Stella Parish" (1935), and was the country's highest-paid actress in 1936. No one's idea of a wallflower, Francis relished the wild life, going through several husbands and numerous lovers, which resulted in a number of unwanted pregnancies. At the height of her fame, a falling out with Warner resulted in fewer prestige assignments for Francis and her popularity diminished. Once free from their dictates, she worked for various studios and devoted much of her free time to USO tours and entertaining American troops overseas. However, by the mid-1940s, film employment had dried up and fans would only be able to catch her in a handful of stage and television productions during the years that followed. A larger-than-life personality both on and off-screen, Francis was mostly forgotten in later years, but both the actress' life and acting career were too rich and intriguing for her to languish in such undeserved obscurity.

Relationships

Eric Barnekow

Husband
married in 1939 divorced

Katherine Clinton

Mother

James Francis

Husband
first husband divorced

William Gaston

Husband
second husband divorced

Kenneth MacKenna

Husband
married in 1931 divorced in 1933 fourth husband

John Meehan

Husband
third husband divorced

Milestones

1946

Last film, "Wife Wanted"

1944

Served as co-producer for her last three films

1939

Left Warners

1932

Moved to Warner Brothers

1930

Achieved star status at Paramount Studios

1929

Film actress in "Gentlemen of the Press"

1925

Broadway debut in "Hamlet"

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