September 29, 1915
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||July 6, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||liver cancer|
|Other names||Ann Nagel|
|Spouse(s)||Ross Alexander (1936-1937)
Lt. Col. James H. Keenan (1941-1951)
Anne Nagel (September 29, 1915 – July 6, 1966) was an American actress. She played in adventures, mysteries, and comedies for twenty-five years. She also appeared in television series in the 1950s.
Born Anne Dolan in Boston, Massachusetts, Nagel was enrolled by her parents in a religious preparatory school with the expectation she would become a nun. But part-time work in her teens as a photographer's model and membership in a Boston theater company turned her away from religious life. Meantime Nagel's mother had divorced and remarried. When Nagel's new stepfather, a Technicolor expert, was hired by Tiffany Studios in Hollywood, he moved the family to California, where he employed his stepdaughter in several experimental Technicolor shorts he had been asked to direct.
Placed under contract by Warner Brothers in 1932, Nagel secured a bit part as a ballet girl in Hypnotized. She was one of 14 young women "launched on the trail of film stardom" August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the company's training school. The contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years. Nagel spent the next few years making uncredited appearances as a dancer or chorus girl. In 1936, she appeared in Here Comes Carter with Ross Alexander. A reviewer remarked of her performance, "she was just one of those girls who has learned to croon for the microphone, and let the rest of the world go hang." Her early roles were in such films as Footloose Heiress, Three Legionnaires, Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde (all from 1937). She was in Mystery House (1938), Unexpected Father (1939), and Legion of Lost Flyers (1939).
In 1940, she appeared with W.C. Fields and Mae West in My Little Chickadee. Other feature movies from 1940 in which she had parts are Black Friday, Hot Steel, and Diamond Frontiers. She was often a heroine in horror films. Late in the 1940s she made The Spirit of West Point (1947). The film starred Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Nagel later worked on television in episodes of The Range Rider (1951) and Circus Boy (1957).
Personal life and death
Nagel was married twice: first to actor Ross Alexander (who committed suicide in 1937), then to Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Keenan on December 4, 1941. That marriage ended in divorce ten years later in 1951.
In December 1947, Nagel filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Hollywood physician and surgeon Franklyn Thorpe (former husband of actress Mary Astor). She alleged that, while performing an appendectomy on her ten years earlier, Thorpe had removed other organs without her knowledge or consent, leaving her unable to conceive a child. In the suit, Nagel demanded $350,000 in damages.
|1934||Stand Up and Cheer!||Dancer||Uncredited|
|1935||George White's 1935 Scandals||Chorine||Uncredited|
|1936||Bullets or Ballots||Bank secretary||Uncredited|
|1937||Hoosier Schoolboy||Mary Evans||Top billing with Mickey Rooney|
|1940||The Green Hornet||Lenore "Casey" Case|
|1941||The Green Hornet Strikes Again!||Lenore "Casey" Case|
|1941||Man Made Monster||June Lawrence|
|1942||The Mad Doctor of Market Street||Mrs. William Saunders|
|1942||The Mad Monster||Lenora Cameron|
|1942||The Secret Code||Jean Ashley|
|1943||Women in Bondage||Deputy District Director||Alternative title: Hitler's Women|
|1947||Blondie's Holiday||Bea Mason (Class of '32)||Credited as Ann Nagel|
|1948||One Touch of Venus||Reporter||Uncredited|
|1949||The Stratton Story||Mrs. Piet||Uncredited|
|1950||Armored Car Robbery||Mrs. Marsha Phillips||Uncredited|
|1951||The Range Rider||Aunt Ginny||2 episodes|
|1957||Circus Boy||Louisa Cody||1 episode|
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- Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, "Anne Nagel's Death Revives Old Mystery", Monday, August 29, 1966, Page A11.
- Los Angeles Times, "Final Rites Set for Actress Anne Nagel", Page B10.
- New York Times, "Anne Nagel Dies; Movie Actress, 50", July 8, 1966, Page 26.
- Reno, Nevada State Journal, "Movie Actor Kills Self", January 3, 1937, Page 1.