|Born||Gladys Clare Evans
September 13, 1904
Patten, Maine, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 1954
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
(m. 1922-1930; divorced)
(m. 1933-1935; divorced)
(m. 1935-1944; divorced)
(m. 1946-1950; divorced)
George went on the stage at the age of three and toured the United States, appearing with her parents. She starred on stage in the 1920s, although she had made several films in the early part of that decade.
She is credited for contributing to the enormous success on Broadway of Personal Appearance, a comedy by Lawrence Riley in which she had the starring role. This role was reprised by Mae West in the classic film, Go West, Young Man, which West adapted from the play. In 1936 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Valiant Is the Word for Carrie.
Her only other first billed roles were in Madame X (1937) and Love is a Headache. She also appeared in The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Way of All Flesh (1940), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and He Ran All the Way (1951). She played the widow of Miles Archer (Iva Archer) in The Maltese Falcon and Mme. Du Barry in Marie Antoinette.
Her last successful roles were as Lute Mae Sanders in Flamingo Road, her brief appearance as the corrupt nurse Miss Hatch in Detective Story (1951) and in Lullaby of Broadway, as the alcoholic mother of Doris Day's ingenue character.
Gladys George was married and divorced four times.
- Her first and third husbands were actors Ben Erway and Leonard Penn.
- Her second was millionaire paper manufacturer Edward Fowler, who walked out in 1934 after finding the actress in the arms of her leading man, Leonard Penn. At the time George was playing a nymphomaniacal star in the Broadway hit Personal Appearance.
- Her last husband Kenneth Bradley, whom she married when she was 46, was a hotel bellboy 20 years her junior.
George was afflicted with numerous ailments, including throat cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. She died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954 in Los Angeles, California, aged 50, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.
|Red Hot Dollars||Janet Muir||1919||film debut|
|The Woman in the Suitcase||Ethel||1920|
|Below the Surface||Alice||1920|
|Homespun Folks||Beulah Rogers||1920|
|The Easy Road||Isabel Grace||1921|
|The House that Jazz Built||Lila Drake||1921|
|Straight Is the Way||Shirley||1934|
|Valiant Is the Word for Carrie||Carrie Snyder||1936||Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only Academy Award for which Gladys George was ever nominated.|
|They Gave Him a Gun||Rose Duffy||1937||Co-starred with Spencer Tracy.|
|Madame X||Madame X/Jacqueline Fleuriot/Miss Pran||1937||Only film starring Gladys George to have been released on VHS.|
|Love Is a Headache||Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee||1938|
|Marie Antoinette||Madame du Barry||1938||First time Gladys George portrayed a historical figure. First supporting role since Oscar nomination.|
|I'm From Missouri||Julie Bliss||1939|
|Here I Am Stranger||Clara Paulding||1939|
|The Roaring Twenties||Panama Smith||1939||Film contains one of the more substantial of Humphrey Bogart's early roles.|
|A Child Is Born||Florette Laverne||1939|
|House Across The Bay||Mary Bogel||1940|
|The Maltese Falcon||Iva Archer||1941|
|The Crystal Ball||Madame Zenobia||1943|
|The Hard Way||Lily Emery||1943|||
|Best Years of Our Lives||Hortense Derry||1946|
- "Family Tree Legends". lists Gladys Clare Evans born September 13, 1904, Maine - died December 8, 1954, L.A.
- IMDb profile
- "Gladys George at Find a Grave".
- Turner Classic Movies || TCM.com ||
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gladys George.|
- Gladys George at the Internet Movie Database
- Gladys George at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gladys George at Find a Grave