Shirley Booth

Actor, Comedian
A celebrated Broadway star of long standing, Shirley Booth graced two TV series and a handful of films with her warm, if often acerbic, presence. Leaving high school to pursue acting, Booth appeared in over 600 plays in ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1898 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

A Touch of Grace 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Menagerie 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Hazel 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Spell 1958 (Movie)

Alma Duval (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1958 (Movie)

Dolly Levi (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Vivien Leslie (Actor)

Come Back Little Sheba 1953 (Movie)

Lola Delaney (Actor)

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Smugglers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A celebrated Broadway star of long standing, Shirley Booth graced two TV series and a handful of films with her warm, if often acerbic, presence. Leaving high school to pursue acting, Booth appeared in over 600 plays in stock before her career really got off the ground. Her Broadway debut came in the 1925 "Hell's Bells" (which also featured newcomer Humphrey Bogart), but it wasn't until a decade later that she enjoyed her first major success in George Abbott's Runyonesque comedy, "Three Men on a Horse" (1935).

Relationships

William H Baker Jr

Husband
married from September 24, 1943 until his 1951 death from heart disease

Rita Ford

Step-Mother

Jean Coe

Sister
survived her

Albert Ford

Father
Booth was estranged from her father after her parents separation

Virginia Ford

Mother
died in 1933

Ed Gardner

Husband
married in 1929 divorced in 1942 played Archie of the famous "Duffy's Tavern" radio program, a role he recreated for the 1945 film of the same name

Milestones

1973

Played the title role of Grace Sherwood, an elderly widow who finds romance, on the ABC sitcom, "A Touch of Grace"

1968

Performed in her only original made-for-TV movie, "The Smugglers"; film, airing on Christmas Eve, had the dubious distinction of being interrupted by news of Apollo 8's approach to the moon, with the end result that the film was never aired in its entiret

1966

Played the leading role of Amanda Wingfield in a CBS Playhouse presentation of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie"

1958

Made last feature films, "Hot Spell" and "The Matchmaker"

1952

Made film debut in adaptation of stage success, "Come Back, Little Sheba"; won Best Actress Oscar

1950

Originated the role of Lola Delaney opposite Sidney Blackmer in the Broadway production of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba"

1935

Breakthrough role as the ingenue lead of a gangster's moll in George Abbott's long-running comedy play "Three Men on a Horse"

1925

Made Broadway debut in "Hell's Bells"

1921

Worked in New Haven in stock for over a year after her stage debut

1921

First role as professional actress, in the thriller "The Cat and the Canary" in Hartford, Connecticut

1913

Dropped out of high school against her father's wishes to pursue an acting career at age 14 (approximate date)

Played the title role of Hazel Burke on the popular TV sitcom, "Hazel" (on NBC 1961-1965, CBS 1965-1966), based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoon character created by Ted Key

Gained popular and critical attention performing in skits written by Dorothy Parker and staged at the Barbizon-Plaza Hotel in New York; was paid with a room for the night and breakfast

Played the role of Miss Duffy on the popular radio program "Duffy's Tavern" in the early 1940s

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