Gertrude Flynn

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Gertrude Flynn
Born (1909-01-14)January 14, 1909
New York, USA
Died October 16, 1996(1996-10-16) (aged 87)
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Nationality United States
Occupation Stage actress
Film actress
Television actress.
Years active Theater: 1929-1952
Film & TV: 1954-1987
Spouse(s) Asa Bordages

Gertrude Flynn (born January 14, 1909 in New York, died October 16, 1996 in South Carolina) was an American stage, film and television actress. She was married to Asa Bordages, a feature writer for the New York World-Telegram[1] and playwright known for the 1941 play Brooklyn USA.[2][3]


Her film and television career began in 1954. In the movie The Barefoot Contessa she played Lulu McGee. She then played Maggie Blake in the Sherlock Holmes episode, "The Case of the Belligerant Ghost." She made four guest appearances on Perry Mason in the early 1960s, including the role of Agatha Culpepper in "The Case of the Floating Stones." During the 1965-1966 season of the soap opera Days of Our Lives she made five guest appearances as Anna Sawyer. She made her final television appearances in 1987 in the series Outlaws.


Flynn performed on Broadway beginning in the late 1920s.[4] She appeared in over a dozen plays through 1952, including

  • The Unsophisticates (Dec 30, 1929 - Jan 1930) as Phyllis
  • Penal Law 2010 (Apr 18, 1930 - May 1930) as Lucy Van Dam
  • Gasoline Gypsies (Jun 6, 1931 - Jun 1931) as Ruth Warren
  • Three Times the Hour (Aug 25, 1931 - Sep 1931) as Hildah Lovering
  • The Moon in the Yellow River (Feb 29, 1932 - Apr 1932) as [Blanaid
  • American Dream (Feb 21, 1933 - Mar 1933) as Celia, Amarylils
  • Man Bites Dog (Apr 25, 1933 - May 1933) as Helen Lee
  • Biography (Feb 5, 1934 - Feb 1934) as Slade Kinnicott
  • Jigsaw (Apr 30, 1934 - Jun 1934) as Julie
  • A Sleeping Clergyman (Oct 8, 1934 - Nov 1934) as Cousin Minnie
  • Mother Lode (Dec 22, 1934 - Dec 1934) as Julia Musette
  • Noah (Feb 13, 1935 - Mar 1935) as Ada
  • One Good Year (Nov 27, 1935 - Jun 1936) as Anne
  • The Puritan (Jan 23, 1936 - Jan 1936) as Kitty
  • Marching Song (Feb 17, 1937 - Apr 1937) as Rose Graham
  • Romantic Mr. Dickens (Dec 2, 1940 - Dec 7, 1940) as Dora Spenlow (Later Dora Winter)[5]
  • The Distant City (Sep 22, 1941 - Sep 23, 1941) as Edna Scott
  • The Grass Harp (Mar 27, 1952 - Apr 26, 1952) as The Baker's Wife

The New York Times noted her appearance in the 1940 performance of Romantic Mr. Dickens, a drama about the romances of Charles Dickens, and wrote that she "fit smoothly into this rather unorthodox picture of a literary tradition."[5]

After beginning her work in film and television, Flynn continued work in theater, making appearances in such as Summer Voices at the Circle Theater in Los Angeles as late as 1977.[6] Of her 1965 performance in the West Coast Repertory Company's troubled production of Long Day's Journey Into Night, the Los Angeles Times wrote "The one saving grace of the evening was the fine performance by Gertrude Flynn of Mary Tyrone".[7]

Film and television[edit]

Flyn appeared in the Academy Award winning film I Want To Live other films include Invitation to a Gunfighter and Rome Adventure. She also guest starred on over a dozen TV series including The Millionaire, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, Dr Kildare, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and The Love Boat and most notably the classic 1961 The Twilight Zone episode, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up". She also appeared in the 1978 miniseries How The West Was Won.

Partial filmography[edit]




  1. ^ George Tucker (December 4, 1940). "New York". The Day. 
  2. ^ "Asa Bordages". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Denis Hamill (August 23, 2010). "Bensonhurst-born Dr. Rico Simonini doesn't just play a doctor on TV". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gertrude Flynn". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Mark Barron (December 16, 1940). "Broadway Hails Debut Of Another Barrymore". Youngstown Vindicator. 
  6. ^ Lawrence Christon (July 31, 1977). "Stage News". Los Angeles Times. pp. Calendar, page 4. 
  7. ^ Stan Bernstein (November 4, 1965). "'Long Day's Journey' Goes On Interminably at Tustin Theater". Los Angeles Times. pp. C13. 

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