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Glenda Farrell

American actress

Died when: 66 years 305 days (802 months)
Star Sign: Cancer

 

Glenda Farrell

Glenda Farrell (June 30, 1904 – May 1, 1971) was an American actress.Farrell personified the smart and sassy, wisecracking blonde of the Classical Hollywood films.

Farrell's career spanned more than 50 years, appearing in numerous Broadway plays, films and television series.She won an Emmy Award in 1963 for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her performance as Martha Morrison in the medical drama television series Ben Casey.

Farrell began acting on stage as a child and continued with various theatre companies and on Broadway before signing with Warner Bros.

Farrell was a signature 1930s Warner Bros. star, starring in films such as Little Caesar (1931), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Lady for a Day (1933).

Starting with Smart Blonde (1937), Farrell played Torchy Blane, a daring female reporter in a series of popular films; which later was credited by comic book writer Jerry Siegel as the inspiration for the DC Comics reporter, Lois Lane.

After leaving Warner Bros. in 1939, Farrell remained active in film, television and theatre throughout rest of her career.


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