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Ann Sheridan

Best know for her roles in Kings Row, They Drive By Night, The Man Who Came To Dinner and I Was a Male War Bride.

Filmography

1934      

Search for Beauty

Bolero

Come on Marines

Murder at the Vanities

Shoot the Works

Kiss and Make Up

The Notorious Sophie Lang

Ladies Should Listen

You Belong to Me

Wagon Wheels

The Lemon Drop Kid

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch

Ready for Love

Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (short subject)

Behold My Wife

Limehouse Blues

 

1935      

Enter Madame

One Hour Late

Home on the Range

Rumba

Car 99

Rocky Mountain Mystery

Mississippi

The Red Blood of Courage

The Glass Key

The Crusades

Hollywood Extra Girl (short subject)

Fighting Youth

 

1937      

Sing Me a Love Song (scenes deleted)

Black Legion 

The Great O’Malley

San Quentin

Wine, Women and Horses

The Footloose Heiress

Alcatraz Island

She Loved a Fireman

 

1938      

The Patient in Room 18

“Out Where the Stars Begin” (short subject)

Mystery House

Little Miss Thoroughbred

Cowboy from Brooklyn

Letter of Introduction 

Broadway Musketeers 

Angels with Dirty Faces 

 

1939      

They Made Me a Criminal 

Dodge City 

Naughty but Nice 

Winter Carnival 

Indianapolis Speedway 

The Angels Wash Their Faces 

 

1940      

Castle on the Hudson 

It All Came True 

Torrid Zone 

They Drive by Night 

City for Conquest 

 

1941      

Honeymoon for Three 

Navy Blues

 

1942      

The Man Who Came to Dinner 

Kings Row 

Juke Girl

Wings for the Eagle 

George Washington Slept Here

 

1943      

Edge of Darkness 

Thank Your Lucky Stars 

 

1944      

Shine On, Harvest Moon 

The Doughgirls 

 

1946      

One More Tomorrow 

 

1947      

Nora Prentiss

The Unfaithful 

 

1948      

Silver River 

Good Sam 

 

1949      

I Was a Male War Bride

 

1950      

Stella

Woman on the Run (also co-producer)

 

1952      

Steel Town

Just Across the Street 

 

1953      

Take Me to Town 

Appointment in Honduras 

 

1956      

Come Next Spring

The Opposite Sex 

 

1957      

Woman and the Hunter 

 

1967      

The Far Out West 

Awards

Ann Sheridan was never nominated for an Academy Award.

They nicknamed me “The Oomph Girl”, and I loathe that nickname! Just being known by a nickname indicates that you’re not thought of as a true actress . . . It’s just crap! If you call an actress by her looks or a reaction, then that’s all she’ll ever be thought of as. ~ Ann Sheridan

Clara Lou “Ann” Sheridan was born in Denton, Texas on February 21, 1915, Sheridan was the daughter of G. W. Sheridan and Lula Stewart Warren Sheridan. She was active in dramatics at Denton High School and at North Texas State Teachers College. She also sang with the college’s stage band.

In 1932, she was a student at North Texas State Teachers College when her sister, Pauline, sent a photograph of her to Paramount Pictures. She subsequently entered and won a beauty contest, with part of her prize being a bit part in a Paramount film, The Search for Beauty. She left college to pursue a career in Hollywood.

After making her film début in 1934, aged 19, in Search for Beauty, she played uncredited bit parts in Paramount films for the next two years, starting at $75 a week.

Some of those uncredited parts were in Bolero (1934), Come On Marines! (1934) (billed as “Clara Lou Sheridan”), Murder at the Vanities (1934), Shoot the Works (1934), Kiss and Make-Up (1934), The Notorious Sophie Lang (1934), College Rhythm (1934) (directed by Norman Taurog who Sheridan admired), Ladies Should Listen (1934), You Belong to Me (1934), Wagon Wheels (1934), The Lemon Drop Kid (1934), Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934), Ready for Love (1934), Limehouse Blues (1934), One Hour Late (1934).

Sheridan worked with Paramount’s drama coach Nina Mouise and would perform plays on the lot with fellow contractees, including The Milky Way and The Pursuit of Happiness. When she did The Milky Way she played a character called Ann and the Paramount front office decided to change her name to “Ann”.

Sheridan had a good part in Behold My Wife! (1934) which she got at the behest of director Mitchell Leisen, who was a friend. She had two good scenes, one in which her character had to commit suicide. Sheridan attributed this role to Paramount keeping her for two years.

She followed it with Enter Madame (1935), Home on the Range (1935), and Rumba (1935).

Sheridan’s first lead came in Car 99 (1935) with Fred MacMurray. She was in Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935), a Randolph Scott Western.

Then she was in Mississippi (1935), The Glass Key (1935), and The Crusades (1935), having one line. Paramount loaned her out to Talisman, a small production company, to make The Red Blood of Courage (1935). After this Paramount declined to take up her option.

Sheridan did one film at Universal, Fighting Youth (1935), then signed a contract with Warner Bros.