March 12, 1908|
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||April 5, 1975
Neptune, New Jersey, USA
|Years active||1930-1940 (retired)|
Howard S. Paschal (1931-1933)
Inez Courtney (March 12, 1908 – April 5, 1975) was an American actress on the Broadway stage and in films. Born in New York City, New York, she came from a large Irish-American family. Her father died when she was fifteen so she decided to go onto the stage. A year later she was doing a specialty dance which earned her the nicknames of St Vitis, Mosquito and Lightning.
Courtney's first role as a singer and dancer came in the musical The Wild Rose in 1926. She became well-known among New York theatrical audiences for her work in Good News (1927), a musical comedy about college life. Her other credits include Spring Is Here in 1929 and America's Sweetheart in 1931. In the early 1930s, Miss Courtney left Broadway and went to Hollywood.
Courtney acted in 58 films between 1930 and 1940. She secured her first movie work by asking Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures for his assistance. The red-headed comedienne made her screen debut as Cousin Betty in Loose Ankles (1930). The film co-starred Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Loretta Young. Her many movie credits include The Raven (1935), Suzy (1936), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and Turnabout (1940), her last film.
Courtney was married to an Italian nobleman, whereby she acquired the title Marchessa, but did not use it. She died at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey in 1975 of undisclosed causes at the age of 67.
- Sunny (1930)
- Big City Blues (1932)
- Hold Your Man (1933)
- The Raven (1935)
- Ship Cafe (1935)
- It Couldn't Have Happened – But It Did (1936)
- Let's Sing Again (1936)
- Suzy (1936)
- Having Wonderful Time (1938)
- Beauty for the Asking (1939)
- The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
- Turnabout (1940)
- Albert Lea, Minnesota Evening Tribune, Friday, August 10, 1936, Page 6.
- New York Times, Inez Courtney, April 7, 1975, Page 34.
- Oakland, California Tribune, Smile!-It Pays, Sunday, December 13, 1936. Page 72.
- Winnipeg, Manitoba Free Press, Saturday, May 17, 1930, Page 23.