Arline Judge

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Arline Judge
promotional portrait taken in the 1930s
Born (1912-02-21)February 21, 1912
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Died February 7, 1974(1974-02-07) (aged 61)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Other names Bella Grifiths
Arlene Judge
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1931-1964
Spouse(s) Wesley Ruggles (1931-1937)
Dan Topping (1937-1940)[1]
James Ramage Addams (1942-1945)
Vincent Morgan Ryan (1945-1947)
Henry J. Topping (1947-1948)
George Ross III (1949-1950)
Edward Cooper Heard (1955-1960)
Children 2

Arline Judge (February 21, 1912 – February 7, 1974) was an American actress who worked mostly in low-budget B movies, but gained some fame for marrying and divorcing seven times.

Early years[edit]

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut,[2] Judge was educated in a Catholic convent.


Judge "got her theatrical start in Broadway musicals and revues such as The Second Little Show and Silver Slipper."[2]


Judge began her career as a dancer in an act for Jimmy Durante. After meeting director Wesley Ruggles on a train, she got her start in films with his help, then married him. Nicknamed "One-Take Sally," her film career spanned the 1930s and 1940s.


Judge had a few television appearances, the last one in 1964 as Emmalou Schneider in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Nautical Knot."

Personal life[edit]

Judge was married seven times and had two sons; Wesley Ruggles, Jr. by her first husband Wesley Ruggles,[3] and Dan Topping, Jr. with second husband Dan Topping,[1] who from 1945-64 was president and part-owner of the New York Yankees.

Her other husbands were:

  • James Ramage Addams (October 7, 1942[4] - July 24, 1945)
  • Vincent Morgan Ryan (August 3, 1945 - April 23, 1947)
  • Henry J. (Bob) Topping (April 29, 1947 - April 23, 1948; brother of second husband Dan Topping[5]
  • George Ross III (January 18, 1949 - August 10, 1950)
  • Edward Cooper Heard (April 9, 1955 - November 2, 1960)


Judge was found dead February 7, 1974, in her West Hollywood, California, apartment.[2] She was interred in Saint Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1931 Are These Our Children? Florence "Flo" Carnes
1932 Girl Crazy Molly Gray
1932 The Age of Consent Dora Swale
1932 Young Bride Maise
1933 Flying Devils Mrs. Ann Hardy
1933 Sensation Hunters Jerry Royal
1934 When Strangers Meet Ruth Crane
1934 Looking for Trouble Maizie
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals Midgie Malone
1936 Pigskin Parade Sally Saxon Alternative title: Harmony Parade
1936 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Lady
1941 Harvard, Here I Come! Francie Callahan Alternative title: Here I Come
1942 Law of the Jungle Nona Brooks
1942 The Lady Is Willing Frances
1943 Girls in Chains Helen Martin
1944 Take It Big Pert Martin
1945 G. I. Honeymoon Flo LaVerne
1946 From This Day Forward Margie Beesley
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Manicurist Alternative title: Mad Wednesday
1963 The Crawling Hand Mrs. Hotchkiss Alternative titles: Don't Cry Wolf
The Creeping Hand
Year Title Role Notes
1953 Mr. and Mrs. North Dot Jansen 1 episode
1964 Perry Mason Emmalou Schneider 1 episode


  1. ^ a b "Arline Judge Sues Topping, Second Mate, for Divorce". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 28, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved January 25, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c "Movie Actress Arline Judge Found Dead". Florida, St. Petersburg. The Evening Independent. February 8, 1974. p. 20-A. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Filmland Homes Swap Bars for Bassinets". California, Oakland. Oakland Tribune. October 13, 1935. p. 74. Retrieved January 25, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Arline Judge Gets Rent Summons, Weds Officer". Illinois, Chicago. Chicago Tribune. October 8, 1942. p. 24. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Henry J. (Bob) Topping Dies; Was Heir to Tin Plate Fortune", The New York Times, April 23, 1968

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