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Charlotte Greenwood

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Frances Charlotte Greenwood (25 June 1890 - 28 December 1977) was an American actress and dancer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Greenwood started in vaudeville, and eventually starred on Broadway, movies and radio. Standing around six feet tall, she was best known for her long legs and high kicks. She earned the unique praise of being, in her words, the "...only woman in the world who could kick a giraffe in the eye." In 1913, Oliver Morosco cast her as Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo late in the run of L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk's The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (better known in its novelization as Tik-Tok of Oz), then commissioned a successful star vehicle titled So Long Letty, which is the role that made her a star. She starred with such luminaries as Charles Ruggles, Betty Grable, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Buster Keaton, and Carmen Miranda. Most of Greenwood's best work was done on the stage, and was lauded by such critics as James Agate, Alexander Woollcott and Claudia Cassidy. One of her most successful roles was that of Juno in Cole Porter's Out of This World in which she introduced the Porter classic "I Sleep Easier Now." Although the role was written with her in mind, film commitments prevented her from playing "Aunt Eller" in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway hit Oklahoma! (1943). She got her chance in the 1955 film version, just prior to retiring in 1956. Charlotte Greenwood died in Los Angeles, California of undisclosed causes, aged 87. She was married twice, first, unsuccessfully to actor Cyril Ring, brother of actress Blanche Ring, and secondly and happily to composer Martin Broones. Description above from the Wikipedia article Charlotte Greenwood, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 25, 1890 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie So Long Letty 1929-10-16
Latest Project:
Series The Best of the Post 1960-10-22
Known For
Poster of The Best of the Post
Poster of Oklahoma!
Poster of Springtime in the Rockies
Poster of Palmy Days
Series The Best of the Post Unknown 1960-10-22
Movie Glory Miz Agnes Tilbee 1956-01-11
Movie The Opposite Sex Lucy 1956-11-15
Movie Oklahoma! Aunt Eller 1955-10-10
Movie Dangerous When Wet Ma Higgins 1953-06-18
Movie Peggy Mrs. Emilia Fielding 1950-07-01
Movie The Great Dan Patch Aunt Netty 1949-07-22
Movie Oh, You Beautiful Doll Anna 1949-11-11
Movie Driftwood Mathilda 1947-09-15
Movie Wake Up and Dream Sara March 1946-12-02
Movie Home in Indiana Penelope 'Penny' Bolt 1944-06-15
Movie Up in Mabel's Room Martha 1944-09-12
Movie Dixie Dugan Mrs. Dugan 1943-03-12
Movie The Gang's All Here Mrs. Peyton Potter 1943-12-24
Movie Springtime in the Rockies Phoebe Gray 1942-11-06
Movie The Perfect Snob Martha Mason 1941-12-19
Movie Tall, Dark and Handsome Winnie Sage 1941-01-24
Movie Moon Over Miami Aunt Susan 'Sue' Latimer 1941-07-04
Movie Star Dust Lola Langdon 1940-04-06
Movie Young People Kit Ballantine 1940-08-30
Movie Down Argentine Way Binnie Crawford 1940-10-11
Movie Orders Is Orders Wanda Sinclair 1934-05-02
Movie Parlor, Bedroom and Bath Polly Hathaway 1931-02-28
Movie Stepping Out Sally Smith 1931-04-11
Movie Girls Will Be Boys Unknown 1931-01-21
Movie The Christmas Party Herself (uncredited) 1931-12-17
Movie Flying High Pansy Potts 1931-11-14
Movie Palmy Days Helen Martin 1931-10-03
Movie The Man in Possession Clara 1931-07-04
Movie So Long Letty Letty Robbins 1929-10-16