Florence Rice

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Florence Rice
Florence Rice.jpg
pictured in 1940
Born (1907-02-14)February 14, 1907
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died February 23, 1974(1974-02-23) (aged 67)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1947
Spouse(s) Sydney Smith
Robert Wilcox
(m.1937–1939; divorced)
Fred Butler
(m.?-1974; her death)

Florence Davenport Rice (February 14, 1907 – February 23, 1974) was an American film actress.[1]


Florence Rice was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Grantland Rice and Fannie Katherine Hollis, who became an actress during the early 1930s and after several Broadway roles, eventually made her way to Hollywood where she acted in almost fifty films between 1934 and 1943.

Blonde, pretty, and wholesome, Rice was cast as the reliable girlfriend in several films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM gradually provided her with more substantial roles, occasionally in prestige productions.

Rice never became a major figure in films, but performed in a number of screen pairings with Robert Young.[1]

Her most widely seen performances were in Double Wedding (1937), in which she was billed third in the cast credits behind William Powell and Myrna Loy, Sweethearts (1938) with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, and The Marx Brothers film At The Circus (1939).

During the 1940s the quality of her roles steadily decreased and in 1947 she retired.

She married three times, with her third marriage lasting until her death in Honolulu from lung cancer.



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