Gladys Georgianna Greene
Born in Plattsburgh, New York, the daughter of a photographer, she left school at the age of 15 to become a model, and later an actress. She made her film debut in Cameo Kirby (1923), followed by several unremarkable roles. A husky-voiced, vivacious actress, she survived the transition to sound, became adept at comedy and co-starred with some of Hollywood's most prominent actors. Her best films include Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and The More the Merrier (1943, Academy Award nomination). She retired from the screen after Shane (1953) and later taught drama at Vassar College. Her infrequent stage appearances included a highly regarded Peter Pan (1950) and The First Monday in October (1975), and she was the star of the television series The Jean Arthur Show.
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