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Blake, Gladys Biography




biography of Blake, Gladys

12 May 1920, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
21 May 1983, Sacramento, California, USA
Actress, singer, comedienne and dancer. Gladys Blake left home at age 14 to join a stock company in Reading, Pennsylvania, and after two years she had developed her own vaudeville act, Gresham and Blake, with Lee Gresham. Coming to California, they were booked into the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles where she was spotted by film agent Edward Small. Her first small film roles were mostly for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Director 'Richard Thorpe (I)' (qv) personally offered Gladys her small role in "The Earl of Chicago" in which only her legs were seen.
Louis Rugani



-   As a vaudeville comedienne in the team Gresham and Blake, Gladys came to Hollywood and tried for eight months to get into pictures before finally succeeding.

-   In 1939, Gladys Blake's home was ransacked of jewelry and furs worth $12.000. She appealed to the burglars to return one inexpensive locket which contained a portrait of her mother, who died when Gladys was 11 months old. The burglary occurred the night after she got her first movie role with Robert Taylor and Myrna Loy in "Lucky Night".

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Acting in movies

  1. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  2. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
  3. Paid in Full (1950)
  4. The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
  5. On the Town (1949)
  6. Scene of the Crime (1949)
  7. The Accused (1949)
  8. Dream Girl (1948)
  9. Hazard (1948)
  10. Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
  11. Michael O'Halloran (1948)
  12. Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
  13. Smart Woman (1948)
  14. The Time of Your Life (1948)
  15. Big Town After Dark (1947)
  16. Fear in the Night (1947)
  17. Living in a Big Way (1947)
  18. Scared to Death (1947)
  19. The Long Night (1947)
  20. Because of Him (1946)
  21. Live Wires (1946)
  22. Nocturne (1946)
  23. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
  24. She Wrote the Book (1946)
  25. Strange Triangle (1946)
  26. The Bachelor's Daughters (1946)
  27. The Blonde Stayed On (1946)
  28. The Gentleman Misbehaves (1946)
  29. The Magnificent Rogue (1946)
  30. To Each His Own (1946)
  31. Bewitched (1945)
  32. Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
  33. Her Lucky Night (1945)
  34. Let's Go Steady (1945)
  35. Over 21 (1945)
  36. Rockin' in the Rockies (1945)
  37. The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  38. There Goes Kelly (1945)
  39. Under Western Skies (1945)
  40. Army Wives (1944)
  41. Can't Help Singing (1944)
  42. Career Girl (1944)
  43. Chip Off the Old Block (1944)
  44. Hi, Beautiful (1944)
  45. In Society (1944)
  46. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More (1944)
  47. Meet Miss Bobby Socks (1944)
  48. Practically Yours (1944)
  49. Reckless Age (1944)
  50. She's a Soldier Too (1944)
  51. A Stranger in Town (1943)
  52. Fired Wife (1943)
  53. Footlight Glamour (1943)
  54. Jitterbugs (1943)
  55. My Kingdom for a Cook (1943)
  56. Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  57. Swingtime Johnny (1943)
  58. The More the Merrier (1943)
  59. Top Man (1943)
  60. Fly-By-Night (1942)
  61. Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942)
  62. Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)
  63. Seven Sweethearts (1942)
  64. Ship Ahoy (1942)
  65. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  66. The Magnificent Dope (1942)
  67. Woman of the Year (1942)
  68. Bachelor Daddy (1941)
  69. Come Live with Me (1941)
  70. Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941)
  71. Johnny Eager (1941)
  72. Lucky Devils (1941)
  73. Married Bachelor (1941)
  74. Niagara Falls (1941)
  75. The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
  76. The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)
  77. We Go Fast (1941)
  78. West Point Widow (1941)
  79. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
  80. Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)
  81. I Love You Again (1940)
  82. Sailor's Lady (1940)
  83. Street of Memories (1940)
  84. The Earl of Chicago (1940)
  85. The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  86. Young as You Feel (1940)
  87. Fast and Furious (1939)
  88. Lucky Night (1939)
  89. Money to Burn (1939)
  90. Tell No Tales (1939)
  91. The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)
  92. The Women (1939)
  93. There's That Woman Again (1939)
  94. These Glamour Girls (1939)
  95. When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
  96. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
  97. Love in September (1936)
  98. Racing Blood (1936)
  99. One in a Million (1935)
  100. Coming-Out Party (1934)
  101. Marrying Widows (1934)
  102. Servants' Entrance (1934)
  103. Air Fright (1933)
  104. By Appointment Only (1933)
  105. Don't Play Bridge with Your Wife (1933)
  106. I Have Lived (1933)
  107. My Weakness (1933)
  108. Rainbow Over Broadway (1933)
  109. Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933)
  110. The Important Witness (1933)
  111. The Plumber and the Lady (1933)
  112. The Rummy (1933)

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