Ann Sheridan

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Ann Sheridan (February 21, 1915January 21, 1967) was an American film actress.

Born Clara Lou Sheridan in Denton, Texas, she was a college student when her sister sent a photograph of her to Paramount Studios. She subsequently entered and won a beauty contest, with part of her prize being a bit part in a Paramount film. She abandoned college to pursue a career in Hollywood. She made her film debut in 1934 in the film Search For Beauty, and played uncredited bit parts in Paramount films for the next two years. Paramount made little effort to develop her talent, so she left, signing a contract with Warner Brothers in 1936, and changing her name to "Ann Sheridan".

Sheridan's career prospects began to improve. Tagged The Oomph Girl, Sheridan had become a popular pin-up girl by the early forties.

She received substantial roles and positive reaction from critics and moviegoers in such films as Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), opposite James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart), Dodge City (1939), opposite Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland), Torrid Zone and They Drive by Night (both 1940), The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942), opposite Bette Davis), and Kings Row (1942, where she received top billing playing opposite Ronald Reagan, Robert Cummings, and Betty Field). Despite these successes, her career began to decline. Her role in I Was A Male War Bride (1949) gave her another success, but by the fifties, she was struggling to find work and her film roles were sporadic.

Sheridan appeared in the television soap opera Another World during the mid-sixties, then started a role in the television series Pistols 'n' Petticoats. However, she became ill during the filming of its first season, and died from esophageal and liver cancer in Los Angeles, California.

Sheridan was married four times, including a marriage lasting one year to the actor George Brent.

On her passing in 1967, Ann Sheridan was cremated, her ashes stored in the vault at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Sheridan has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard.


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