Judith Barrett

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Judith Barrett
Judith Barrett in Road to Singapore trailer.jpg
Born (1909-02-02)February 2, 1909
Venus, Texas, U.S.
Died March 10, 2000(2000-03-10) (aged 91)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Other names Nancy Dover
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1928–1940
Spouse(s) Cliff Edwards (m. 1932–36)(divorced)
Lindsay C. Howard (m. 1940–52)(divorced)

Judith Barrett (February 2, 1909 – March 10, 2000), also known as Nancy Dover, was an American film actress of the late 1920s and through the 1930s, up until 1940.

Early life[edit]

Born Lucille Kelley and raised in Venus, Texas, one of three children and the daughter of a cattle rancher, whom she later claimed to be a "dirt" farmer who died of a broken heart. From these humble beginnings she knew, even from an early age, that she was different from those around her. She loved to laugh, and to entertain the adults by singing, dancing and playing "drum" on a turned over metal wash tub. Barrett made several appearances at The Palace Theatre, Dallas while still at school. She did modeling at a department store for ladies tea/fashion shows.


At sixteen, leaving everything behind, she got on a train to Hollywood knowing she had what it took to be a star. With hard work and dedication her first big chance came to her, when she started in a lavish commercial film in 1928, The Sock Exchange opposite Bobby Vernon. In 1929 she went to Hollywood, starred in five films, and made a successful transition to "talking films". From 1928 to 1933 she was billed as "Nancy Dover", and from 1930 to 1933 she appeared in nine films, all credited.

In 1933, she appeared in only one film, Marriage Humor opposite Harry Langdon and Vernon Dent, while doing stage work. She would not have another role until 1936, when she starred in the crime drama Yellowstone opposite Henry Hunter, and alongside Ralph Morgan and Alan Hale. It was the first film that she was billed as "Judith Barrett". She appeared in two films that year, and five in 1937, one of which was her first uncredited role.

From 1938 to 1940, Barrett appeared in ten films, all credited, including Road to Singapore, the first "road" picture by the team of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Barrett retired from film acting following her appearance in the 1940 comedy Those Were the Days!, starring William Holden and Bonita Granville.

Noted for her beauty, the October 16, 1939 edition of the Baltimore Sun said of her: "Judith Barrett, pretty and blonde actress, is the first Telegenic Girl to go on record. In other words, she is the perfect type of beauty for television. ... She is slated for the first television motion picture."[1]

Personal life[edit]

She eventually settled in Palm Desert, California, where she was residing at the time of her death on March 10, 2000.


Year Title Role Notes
1928 Sock Exchange, TheThe Sock Exchange June Credited as Nancy Dover
1929 Happy Heels Credited as Nancy Dover
1929 Scandal Janet Credited as Nancy Dover
1929 Skirt Shy Nancy, the maid Credited as Nancy Dover
1929 Dynamite Good Mixer Uncredited, Credited as Nancy Dover
1929 Romance De Luxe Credited as Nancy Dover
1930 Head Guy, TheThe Head Guy Nancy Credited as Nancy Dover
1930 Oh Darling Credited as Nancy Dover
1930 Fighting Parson, TheThe Fighting Parson The Brunette Dance Hall Girl Credited as Nancy Dover
1930 Big Kick, TheThe Big Kick Harry's Girl Credited as Nancy Dover
1930 Thoroughbred, TheThe Thoroughbred Colleen Riley Credited as Nancy Dover
1931 Cimarron Donna Cravat Credited as Nancy Dover
1931 Big Business Girl Sarah Ellen Credited as Nancy Dover
1931 Hollywood Halfbacks Kay Credited as Nancy Dover
1933 Marriage Humor Credited as Nancy Dover
1936 Yellowstone Ruth Foster
1936 Flying Hostess Helen Brooks
1937 Good Old Soak, TheThe Good Old Soak Ina Heath
1937 Let Them Live Rita Johnson
1937 Armored Car Ella Logan
1937 Vogues of 1938 Model Uncredited
1937 Behind the Mike Jane Arledge
1938 Illegal Traffic Marie Arden
1939 Persons in Hiding Blase Blonde
1939 I'm from Missouri Lola Pike
1939 Gracie Allen Murder Case, TheThe Gracie Allen Murder Case Dixie Del Marr
1939 Television Spy Gwen Lawson
1939 Disputed Passage Winifred Bane
1939 Great Victor Herbert, TheThe Great Victor Herbert Marie Clark
1940 Road to Singapore Gloria Wycott
1940 Women Without Names Peggy Athens
1940 Those Were the Days! Mirabel Allstairs (final film role)


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