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Gertrude Michael

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gertrude Michael (June 1, 1911, Talladega, Alabama – December 31, 1964, Beverly Hills, California) was an American film, stage and television actress. Born as Lillian Gertrude Michael in Talladega, Alabama, she reportedly graduated from high school at the age of 14. She became a radio singer on the radio. She attended the University of Alabama and Converse College, Cincinnati. Her childhood home in Talladega, Alabama was destroyed by fire in 2007. In 1929 in Cincinnati she made her stage debut in a stock company. She subsequently appeared on Broadway in Rachel Crothers' Caught Wet (1931). She entered the movies playing Richard Arlen's finaceé in Wayward (1932), but her best-remembered role is probably as Rita Ross in Murder at the Vanities (1934), one of the last pre-Code films, in which she sang an ode to marijuana (Sweet Marijuana). She had an affair with writer Paul Cain (aka Peter Ruric).After they broke up, Cain wrote the role of the alcoholic lover (based on Michael) in his only novel published during his lifetime, Fast One. Gertrude Michael died, aged 53, from undisclosed causes, in Beverly Hills, California. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gertrude Michael,licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 1, 1911 In Talladega, Alabama, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Unashamed 1932-07-02
Latest Project:
Series Sea Hunt 1958-01-04
Known For
Poster of Sophie Lang Goes West
Poster of Till We Meet Again
Poster of Cradle Song
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Women's Prison Chief Matron Sturgess 1955-02-01
Movie No Escape Olga Valerie Lewis 1953-07-31
Movie Bugles in the Afternoon May 1952-03-04
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Darling, How Could You! Mrs. Rossiter 1951-08-08
Movie Caged Georgia Harrison 1950-05-19
Movie Flamingo Road Millie 1949-05-06
Movie Allotment Wives Gladys Smith 1945-11-08
Movie Three's a Crowd Sophie Whipple 1945-05-23
Movie Faces in the Fog Nora Brooks 1944-11-30
Movie Behind Prison Walls Elinor Cantwell 1943-03-22
Movie Where Are Your Children? Nell Wilson 1943-11-26
Movie Women in Bondage District Director Schneider 1943-12-16
Movie Prisoner of Japan Toni Chase 1942-07-22
Movie Parole Fixer Collette Menthe 1940-02-02
Movie Slightly Tempted Duchess 1940-10-18
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Clarice Sheldon 1940-03-29
Movie Mr. Dodd Takes the Air Jessica Stafford 1937-08-21
Movie Sophie Lang Goes West Sophie Lang 1937-09-10
Movie Woman Trap Barbara 'Buff' Andrews 1936-03-06
Movie Till We Meet Again Elsa Duranyi 1936-04-04
Movie The Return of Sophie Lang Sophie Lang 1936-06-18
Movie Make Way For A Lady Miss Eleanor Emerson 1936-11-13
Movie Four Hours to Kill! Mrs. Sylvia Temple 1935-04-11
Movie The Last Outpost Rosemary Haydon 1935-10-11
Movie The Witching Hour Margaret Price 1934-04-26
Movie Hold That Girl Dorothy Lamont 1934-03-23
Movie George White's Scandals Miss Lee 1934-03-15
Movie Bolero Lady D'Argon 1934-02-23
Movie Search for Beauty Jean Strange 1934-02-02
Movie Murder at the Vanities Rita Ross 1934-05-18
Movie Murder on the Blackboard Jane Davis 1934-06-14
Movie Father Brown, Detective Evelyn Fischer 1934-12-14
Movie Menace Helen Chalmers 1934-11-22
Movie Cleopatra Calpurnia 1934-10-05
Movie A Bedtime Story Louise 1933-04-22
Movie Night of Terror Sarah Rinehart 1933-04-23
Movie Cradle Song Marcella 1933-11-19
Movie Ann Vickers Mona Dolphin 1933-10-05
Movie I'm No Angel Alicia Hatton 1933-10-06
Movie Unashamed Marjorie 1932-07-02