Charlotte Greenwood

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Charlotte Greenwood
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Born Frances Charlotte Greenwood
(1890-06-25)June 25, 1890
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 28, 1977(1977-12-28) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1915-1961
Spouse(s) Cyril Ring (1915-1922; divorced)
Martin Broones (1924-1971; his death)

Frances Charlotte Greenwood (June 25, 1890 - December 28, 1977) was an American actress and dancer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Greenwood started in vaudeville, and starred on Broadway, movies and radio. Standing around six feet tall, she was best known for her long legs and high kicks. She earned the unique praise of being, in her words, the "...only woman in the world who could kick a giraffe in the eye."

In 1913, Oliver Morosco cast her as Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo late in the run of L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk's The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (better known in its novelization as Tik-Tok of Oz), then commissioned a successful star vehicle titled So Long Letty, which is the role that made her a star. She appeared with such luminaries as Charles Ruggles, Betty Grable, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Buster Keaton, and Carmen Miranda. Most of Greenwood's best work was done on the stage, and was lauded by such critics as James Agate, Alexander Woollcott and Claudia Cassidy. One of her most successful roles was that of Juno in Cole Porter's Out of This World in which she introduced the Porter classic "I Sleep Easier Now". She had some discomforts with being in that play as she had become a more ardent believer in Christian Science and feared the play too risqué.[1] She also reportedly turned down a role as "Mother Superior" in Rodgers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music partly because she felt she could not, in good conscience, play a nun because of her faith.[2]

Death[edit]

Charlotte Greenwood died in Los Angeles, California from undisclosed causes, aged 87.

Marriages[edit]

She was married twice, first, to actor Cyril Ring, brother of actress Blanche Ring, and secondly to composer Martin Broones. The first union ended in divorce; the second with Broones' death. Both unions were childless.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  • Hayter-Menzies, Grant, Charlotte Greenwood: The Life and Career of the Comic Star of Vaudeville, Radio and Film, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina and London, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7864-2995-0.

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