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Martha Sleeper

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Martha Sleeper (June 24, 1910 – March 25, 1983) was a film actress of the 1920s–1930s and, later, a Broadway stage actress. She studied dancing for five years with Russian ballet master, Louis H. Chalif, at his New York dancing studio. Her first public exhibitions were at Carnegie Hall at his class exhibitions. Sleeper's film career began in 1923 and continued until 1945. Her first screen appearance, at the age of 13, was in The Mailman (1923), an independent production. After appearing in several kiddie comedies at the Christie studio she was signed by the Hal Roach studio for the Our Gang" series but she quickly outgrew that role. From 1925-27 she appeared in comedies playing opposite the studio's most popular male stars. She left the Roach studio in late 1927 and moved to the FBO studio where she starred in six silent features during 1928–29. With the coming of sound she was signed by MGM and placed in their training program. From 1930 to 1936 she played supporting roles in many melodramas her role typically that of a well-bred somewhat snobbish society woman who ends up losing her man to the film's leading lady. Frustrated by the types of roles she was being offered, Martha began playing onstage in and about Los Angeles, at one point drawing raves as Eliza Doolittle in a performance of Pygmalion in 1932. After appearing in some low budget melodramas for the poverty row Monogram studio Martha and her husband, actor Hardie Albright, left Hollywood for New York in 1936 where Martha began a long run in both on- and off-Broadway plays. In 1945, as a favor to director Leo McCarey, Martha played the role of Patsy's mother in The Bells of St. Mary's. It was her last screen role.


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Born:
Jun 24, 1910 In Lake Bluff, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
53
First Appeared:
In the movie A Ten-Minute Egg 1924-07-19
Latest Project:
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Known For
Poster of The Bells of St. Mary's
Poster of Great God Gold
Poster of West of the Pecos
Poster of Mum's the Word
Filmography
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter Unknown 1961-03-21
Movie The Bells of St. Mary's Mary Gallagher 1945-12-27
Movie Rhythm on the Range Constance Hyde 1936-07-01
Movie Four Days Wonder Nancy Fairbrother 1936-12-03
Movie The Scoundrel Julia Vivian 1935-04-30
Movie Great God Gold Marcia Harper 1935-04-14
Movie Two Sinners Elsie Summerstone 1935-09-12
Movie Spitfire Eleanor Stafford 1934-03-08
Movie Hollywood Party Show Girl (uncredited) 1934-05-24
Movie West of the Pecos Ril Lambeth 1934-12-27
Movie Tomorrow's Youth Ellen Hall 1934-10-14
Movie The Secret of Madame Blanche Chorus Girl Who Hears 'My Country Tis of Thee' (Uncredited) 1933-02-03
Movie Midnight Mary Barbara Mannering 1933-06-30
Movie Penthouse Sue Leonard 1933-09-08
Movie Broken Dreams Martha Morley 1933-10-19
Movie Bombshell Lola's Hair Stylist (uncredited) 1933-10-13
Movie Huddle Barbara 1932-05-14
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Party Girl (uncredited) 1932-12-23
Movie Girls Demand Excitement Harriet Mundy 1931-02-08
Movie Ten Cents a Dance Nancy Clark 1931-03-06
Movie Confessions of a Co-Ed Lucille 1931-07-11
Movie A Tailor-Made Man Corrine 1931-03-28
Movie Our Blushing Brides Evelyn Woodforth 1930-07-19
Movie Madam Satan Fish Girl 1930-09-20
Movie War Nurse Helen 1930-11-22
Movie Pass the Gravy Daughter 1928-01-07
Movie Should Tall Men Marry? Martha Skittle 1928-01-15
Movie Danger Street Kitty 1928-08-26
Movie Taxi 13 Flora Mactavish 1928-11-18
Movie Fluttering Hearts Daughter 1927-06-19
Movie Jewish Prudence Rachel Gimplewart 1927-05-27
Movie Flaming Fathers Daughter 1927-12-17
Movie Love 'em and Feed 'em Martha, a stenographer 1927-11-12
Movie Say It with Babies Hector's Wife 1926-05-16
Movie Mum's the Word 1926-05-09
Movie What's the World Coming To? The Butler 1926-01-16
Movie Long Fliv the King Princess Helga of Thermosa 1926-06-13
Movie Madame Mystery Unknown 1926-03-12
Movie Thundering Fleas Bride 1926-07-04
Movie Crazy Like a Fox The bride 1926-08-26
Movie Bromo and Juliet Bit Role (uncredited) 1926-09-19
Movie Along Came Auntie Marie, the Maid 1926-07-25
Movie Bad Boy Jimmie's Girl Friend 1925-04-11
Movie The Rat's Knuckles Flirty McFickle 1925-01-03
Movie Plain and Fancy Girls Unknown 1925-03-01
Movie Big Red Riding Hood Book store clerk 1925-04-26
Movie Sure-Mike! Vermuda 1925-05-23
Movie Should Sailors Marry? Smyrna, Verbena's Daughter 1925-11-08
Movie Innocent Husbands Girl at Party (uncredited) 1925-08-01
Movie A Ten-Minute Egg Mrs. Dugan 1924-07-19
Movie Seeing Nellie Home Unknown 1924-07-26
Movie Too Many Mammas The Apache Dancer 1924-10-12
Movie Outdoor Pajamas Girl with Runaway Pony 1924-09-13