Frances Charlotte Greenwood (June 25, 1890 – December 28, 1977) was an American actress and dancer. Born in Philadelphia, Greenwood started in vaudeville, and 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."
Frances Charlotte Greenwood
June 25, 1890
|Died||December 28, 1977 (aged 87)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Cyril Ring (1915–22; divorced)|
Martin Broones (1924–71; his death)
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). In 1916, Morosco commissioned a successful star vehicle stage play titled So Long Letty. In 1919 Morosco brought her back in the sequel Linger Longer Letty. This role made her a star; she reprised it in the 1929 movie of the same name.
She appeared 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". She had some discomforts with that play, as she had become a devout Christian Scientist and feared the play was too risqué. One of her last movie roles was singing and dancing as the feisty matriarch, Aunt Eller, in the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (1955).
Greenwood had her own radio program, The Charlotte Greenwood Show, a situation comedy. It was broadcast 1944-1946, first on ABC and later on NBC. She also was in "Home in Indiana" on Lux Radio Theatre October 2, 1944.
Charlotte Greenwood died in Los Angeles, California from undisclosed causes, aged 87.
She was married twice, first, to actor Cyril Ring, brother of actress Blanche Ring, and secondly to composer Martin Broones. The first union ended in divorce; the second with Broones' death. Both unions were childless.
- Jane (1915) - Jane
- Miss George Washington (1916) - Attendee at tea social (uncredited)
- Women Love Diamonds (1927) - uncredited or deleted role
- Baby Mine (1928) - Emma
- So Long Letty (1929) - Letty Robbins
- Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931) - Polly Hathaway
- Stepping Out (1931) - Sally Smith
- The Man in Possession (1931) - Clara
- Palmy Days (1931) - Helen Martin
- Flying High (1931) - Pansy
- Cheaters at Play (1932) - Mrs. Crozier
- Orders Is Orders (1934) - Wanda Sinclair
- Star Dust (1940) - Lola Langdon
- Young People (1940) - Kit Ballantine
- Down Argentine Way (1940) - Binnie Crawford
- Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941) - Mrs. Winnie Sage
- Moon Over Miami (1941) - Susan Latimer
- The Perfect Snob (1941) - Martha Mason
- Springtime in the Rockies (1942) - Phoebe Gray
- Dixie Dugan (1943) - Mrs. Dugan
- The Gang's All Here (1943) - Mrs. Peyton Potter
- Up in Mabel's Room (1944) - Martha
- Home in Indiana (1944) - Penny Bolt
- Wake Up and Dream (1946) - Sara March
- Driftwood (1947) - Mathilda
- The Great Dan Patch (1949) - Aunt Netty
- Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) - Anna Breitenbach
- Peggy (1950) - Mrs. Emelia Fielding
- Dangerous When Wet (1953) - Ma Higgins
- Oklahoma! (1955) - Aunt Eller
- Glory (1956) - Miz Agnes Tilbee
- The Opposite Sex (1956) - Lucy
- Slide, Anthony. The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville pg 214
- Hayter-Menzies, Grant, Charlotte Greenwood pgs 223 and 248
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 150.
- "Greenwood, Charlotte". RadioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- Hopper, Hedda (May 12, 1951). "Abbott Turns Producer, Then Signs Lou Costello". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. Part 1 - Page 16. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
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- Works by or about Charlotte Greenwood at Internet Archive
- Charlotte Greenwood on IMDb
- Charlotte Greenwood at the Internet Broadway Database
- Charlotte Greenwood web site
- Victoria Times-Colonist, Adrian Chamberlain, May 26, 2007
- 1925 portrait of Charlotte Greenwood modeling fur and her hair coiffed taken by Benjamin Strauss and Homer Peyton
- Charlotte Greenwood at Find a Grave
- Charlotte Greenwood: Broadway Photographs(Univ. of South Carolina)
- lithograph to the 1919 musical Linger Longer Letty