Ann Christy

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Ann Christy
Ann Christy 1927.jpg
Christy in 1927
Born Gladys Cronin
(1905-05-31)May 31, 1905
Logansport, Indiana
Died November 14, 1987(1987-11-14) (aged 82)
Vernon, Texas
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927-1932

Ann Christy (May 31, 1905 – November 14, 1987) was an American motion picture actress.


Born Gladys Cronin in Logansport, Indiana, Christy left Indiana and relocated to California where she attended Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. She intended to pursue a career in business, but was persuaded by friends to try acting. She made her film debut in a bit part in the 1927 film Long Pants, starring Harry Langdon. That same year, she awarded an Al Christie comedy leading lady film contract in May 1927. She appeared in film comedies with Bobby Vernon and Neal Burns. In 1928, Christy was selected by Harold Lloyd from more than fifty applicants to play his leading lady in the comedy Speedy (1928). That same year, she was selected one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars.

Following her success in Speedy, Christy vacationed in New York. When she returned to Hollywood, she discovered that she had been forgotten. She returned to acting with parts in collegian film serials with Universal Pictures. In 1931, Christy sued the Herbert M. Baruch Corporation for $100,730 in damages. She said she sustained multiple fractures and other injuries when she drove her car into a ditching machine, which she contended was left on the highway by the defendants, without the proper lights. It is not clear what the verdict was. She made her last onscreen appearance in the 1932 film Behind Stone Walls, starring Edward J. Nugent.


Ann Christy died in Vernon, Texas of a heart attack in 1987, aged 82.


Year Title Role Notes
1927 Long Pants Bit Role Uncredited
No Sparking
The Kid Sister Mary Hall
1928 Speedy Jane Dillon
The Water Hole Dolores
1929 Just Off Broadway Nan Morgan
The Lariat Kid Mary Lou
Lady of Lions Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#1): Lady of Lions
Hi-Jack and the Game Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#2): Hi-Jack and the Game
The Take-Off Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#3): The Take-Off
1930 Steeplechase Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#4): Steeplechase
Live Ghosts Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#5): Live Ghosts
Footlight Follies Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#6): Footlight Follies
A Royal Four-Flush Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#7): A Royal Four-Flush
Arabian Daze Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#8): Arabian Daze
Seeing Stars Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#9): Seeing Stars
Chinese Blues Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#10): Chinese Blues
Halloween Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#11): Halloween
Schoolmates Judy Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#12): Schoolmates
Goodbye Legs
Hello, Television
The Fourth Alarm Helen Griffith
Divorced Sweethearts
1931 Big Ears Wheezer's mother
Hollywood Halfbacks
1932 Dream House Betty Brooks Alternative title: Crooner's Holiday
Behind Stone Walls Peg Harper - Bob's Girlfriend


  • Los Angeles Times, "Harold Lloyd Finds Lead In Ann Christy", July 9, 1927, Page A7.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Comedy Recruits", July 17, 1927, Page J4.
  • Los Angeles Times, "World Travel Is Cherished Ambition Of Leading Lady", July 24, 1927, Page C13.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Jury Hearing Ann Christy Tale of Crash", April 15, 1931, Page A5.
  • Olean, New York Evening Times, "Movie Chat", June 5, 1930, Page 11.

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