Connie Gilchrist

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For the British actress, dancer and model, see Connie Gilchrist, Countess of Orkney.
Connie Gilchrist
Connie Gilchrist in Cry Havoc trailer.jpg
Gilchrist in Cry Havoc (1943)
Born Rose Constance Gilchrist
(1901-02-02)February 2, 1901
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died March 3, 1985(1985-03-03) (aged 84)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Occupation American film, TV and stage actress
Years active 1940–1969
Spouse(s) Edwin O'Hanlon (1922-19??); 1 daughter

Connie Gilchrist (February 2, 1901 – March 3, 1985) was a stage, film and television character actress.

Early years[edit]

Gilchrist was born Rose Constance Gilchrist in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Martha Daniels, was an actress.


Gilchrist followed in her mother's footsteps, making her stage debut in London at age 16. She eventually made her way to Hollywood, where she was signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to a 10-year contract in 1939.[1]

After playing Purity Pinker in the 1954 film Long John Silver, she reprised her role, as did Robert Newton, in the television series The Adventures of Long John Silver. She is perhaps best known today for her role as Norah Muldoon in the 1958 film Auntie Mame, and possibly her rather meaty role in the 1949 film A Letter to Three Wives. She was also seen on television's General Electric Theater.[2]

Gilchrist's Broadway credits include Ladies and Gentlemen, Work Is for Horses, Excursion, and Mulato.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gilchrist married Edward O'Hanlon[4] in 1922. Their daughter, Dorothy, was also an actress, both on stage and in film.[5]

She was involved in a lawsuit in 1961, charging that a hair dresser had permanently damaged her scalp when tinting her hair. A contemporary news report said, "She contended that she is now confined to grandmotherly roles because her scalp will stand no more dying."[6] She sought $50,000 in damages but received $5,000 in a settlement.[6]


Gilchrist died on March 3, 1985, aged 84.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Hal Erickson. "Connie Gilchrist biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ "'Camel's Foot' Tonight Has Vera Miles, Connie Gilchrist". Texas, Galveston. The Galveston Daily News. October 23, 1960. p. 19. Retrieved March 22, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ ""Connie Gilcrist" search". Playbill. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Hopper, Hedda (April 16, 1948). "Looking at Hollywood". Illinois, Chicago. Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 8. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hedda Hopper's Staff (June 12, 1947). "Looking at Hollywood". Illinois, Chicago. p. 32. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Hair Tinting Suit Settled for Cash". New Mexico, Hobbs. Hobbs Daily News-Sun. March 31, 1961. p. 4. Retrieved March 22, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read

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