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Constance Worth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Constance Worth (also known as Jocelyn Howarth) (19 August 1911 – 18 October 1963) was an Australian actress who became a Hollywood star in the late 1930s. As Jocelyn Howarth, she experienced success in Ken Hall's films The Squatter's Daughter (1933) and The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934). Cinesound put her under an 18-month contract and paid for her to tour Australia as their rising star. Ken Hall claimed Howarth's first screen test showed "light and shade, good diction, no accent and (that) she undoubtedly could act with no sign of the self-consciousness which almost always characterised the amateur." In late 1933, Smith's Weekly raved enthusiastically about the young actress; "Young Joy Howarth who leapt into publicity when she became the Squatter's Daughter a few months ago, is just the big hit nowadays...." In April 1936, she sailed for the United States and Hollywood. After six months of unsuccessful effort, including a near-fatal incident with a gas stove in her flat, she signed a contract with RKO Pictures, taking the leading female roles as Constance Worth, in China Passage and Windjammer. The change of name was related to her first role with established Hollywood actor Vinton Hayworth. After Windjammer, RKO offered her no more films. Her next role was in Willis Kent's 1938 exploitation quickie, The Wages of Sin, playing a young woman lured into prostitution. For the next 12 years, she appeared in a mix of leading, supporting, and uncredited roles in B films. In mid-1939, she returned to act on stage in Australia, but went back to the U.S. before the end of the year. In 1941, she appeared in an uncredited minor role in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion, and in the same year, a leading role in the gangster B film Borrowed Hero. Her last film was a minor role in the 1949 Johnny Mack Brown Western Western Renegades. Throughout her career and as late as 1961, publicity in Australia repeatedly suggested she was on the verge of signing a major studio contract again. This did not happen.

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Aug 19, 1912 In Sydney, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Fate's Plaything 1920-05-10
Latest Project:
Movie Western Renegades 1949-10-08
Known For
Poster of Crime Doctor
Poster of Borrowed Hero
Poster of China Passage
Poster of The House in the Forest
Movie Western Renegades Fake Ann Gordon 1949-10-08
Movie Deadline at Dawn Mrs. Nan Raymond 1946-03-18
Movie The Kid Sister Ethel Hollingsworth 1945-02-06
Movie Dillinger Blonde 1945-04-25
Movie Sagebrush Heroes Connie Pearson 1945-02-01
Movie Why Girls Leave Home Flo 1945-10-09
Movie Sensation Hunters Irene 1945-10-12
Movie Cover Girl Receptionist (uncredited) 1944-03-22
Movie Frenchman's Creek Woman in Gaming House 1944-09-20
Movie Cyclone Prairie Rangers Lola 1944-11-09
Movie Crime Doctor Betty, Ordway's Nurse-Receptionist 1943-06-22
Movie City Without Men Elsie 1943-01-14
Movie G-men vs. the Black Dragon Vivian Marsh 1943-01-16
Movie She Has What It Takes June Leslie 1943-04-15
Movie Dangerous Blondes Reporter 1943-09-23
Movie Klondike Kate Lita 1943-12-16
Movie The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case Betty Watson 1943-12-09
Movie The Dawn Express Linda Pavlo 1942-03-27
Movie Criminals Within Alma Barton 1941-06-27
Movie Meet Boston Blackie Marilyn Howard 1941-02-20
Movie Borrowed Hero Mona Brooks 1941-12-05
Movie Suspicion Mrs. Fitzpatrick (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie Angels Over Broadway Sylvia Marbe 1940-10-02
Movie Mystery of the White Room Ann Stokes 1939-03-17
Movie China Passage Jane Dunn 1937-03-12
Movie Windjammer Betty Selby 1937-08-06
Movie The Squatter's Daughter Joan Enderby 1933-09-23
Movie The House in the Forest Unknown 1922-10-20
Movie The Education of Nicky Chloe 1921-03-31
Movie Fate's Plaything Dolores Blockett 1920-05-10