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Helen Morgan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Helen Morgan (August 2, 1900 – October 9, 1941) was an American singer and actress who worked in films and on the stage. A quintessential torch singer, she made a big splash in the Chicago club scene in the 1920s. She starred as Julie LaVerne in the original Broadway production of Hammerstein and Kern's musical Show Boat in 1927, as well as in the 1932 Broadway revival of the musical, and appeared in two film adaptations, a part-talkie made in 1929 (prologue only) and a full-sound version made in 1936, becoming firmly associated with the role. She suffered from bouts of alcoholism, and despite her notable success in the title role of another Hammerstein and Kern's Broadway musical, Sweet Adeline (1929), her stage career was relatively short. Helen Morgan died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 41. She was portrayed by Polly Bergen in the Playhouse 90 drama The Helen Morgan Story and by Ann Blyth in the 1957 biopic based on the television drama. Morgan appeared in at least 15 films including Show Boat 1929, Applause 1929, Marie Galante 1934 and Show Boat 1936.


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Born:
Aug 2, 1900 In Danville, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
16
First Appeared:
In the movie Show Boat 1929-07-27
Latest Project:
Movie I Called Him Morgan 2016-09-05
Known For
Poster of Go Into Your Dance
Poster of Marie Galante
Poster of You Belong to Me
Poster of Roadhouse Nights
Filmography
Movie I Called Him Morgan Herself (archive material) 2016-09-05
Movie A&E Biography: The Great Ziegfeld Julie LaVerne in 'Show Boat' 1996-02-26
Movie Musical Comedy Tonight III Unknown 1985-11-22
Series Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III Self 1985-11-22
Movie Frankie and Johnnie Frankie 1936-04-30
Movie Show Boat Julie LaVerne 1936-05-17
Movie Sweet Music Herself 1935-02-23
Movie Go Into Your Dance Luana Wells 1935-04-20
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 Unknown 1934-03-02
Movie Marie Galante MissTapia 1934-10-25
Movie You Belong to Me Bonnie Kay 1934-09-08
Movie The Gigolo Racket Helen Marlowe 1931-06-15
Movie Roadhouse Nights Lola Fagan 1930-02-23
Movie Show Boat Julie LaVerne [prologue] 1929-07-27
Movie Glorifying the American Girl Herself 1929-12-07
Movie Applause Kitty Darling 1929-10-07