Ann Codee

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Ann Codee (March 5, 1890–May 18, 1961) was a Belgian actress with numerous hit films on her résumé.[1] Born in Antwerp, Belgium. Her name was sometimes found in newspapers as Anna Cody.[2]


Codee married actor Frank Orth around 1911 or so. She and her husband toured American vaudeville in the 1910s and 1920s in a comedy act. The team made its film debut in 1929, appearing in a series of multilingual movie shorts. Thereafter, both Codee and Orth flourished as Hollywood character actors. Codee was seen in dozens of films as florists, music teachers, landladies, governesses and grandmothers. She played a variety of ethnic types, from the very French Mme. Poullard in Jezebel (1938) to the Gallic Tante Berthe in The Mummy's Curse (1941). Ann Codee's last film appearance was as a tight-corseted committeewoman in Can-Can (1960). Her career highlights include her part in the Natalie Wood film Kings Go Forth (1948) and the Oscar-nominated Ann Miller film Kiss Me Kate (1953). She also had an uncredited role as the biologist Dr. Dupree in the 1953 film The War of the Worlds. Codee died of a heart attack on May 18, 1961.

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  2. ^ "Fine Deal at Poli". The Scranton Republican. Pennsylvania, Scranton. March 30, 1920. p. 13. Retrieved January 6, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read

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