Gladys Clare Evans
September 13, 1904
Patten, Maine, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 1954 (aged 50)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ben Erway (m. 1922–1930; divorced)|
Edward Fowler (m. 1933–1935; divorced)
Leonard Penn (m. 1935–1944; divorced)
Kenneth Bradley (m. 1946–1950; divorced)
She was born as Gladys Clare Evans on September 13, 1904 in Patten, Maine (Another source says Hatton, Maine; a third source says "Gladys was born in a little town in Missouri, where the troupe her parents belonged to happened to be stranded at the time.") to English parents. Her father was Sir Arthur Clare, "noted Shakespearean actor."
George went on the stage at the age of 3 and toured the United States, appearing with her parents. She starred on stage in the 1920s, although she had made several films in the early part of that decade. She starred in Personal Appearance, a comedy by Lawrence Riley. This role was reprised by Mae West in the classic film, Go West, Young Man, which West adapted from the play. In 1936 George was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Valiant Is the Word for Carrie.
Her only other first billed roles were in Madame X (1937) and Love is a Headache. She also appeared in The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Way of All Flesh (1940), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and He Ran All the Way (1951). She played the widow of Miles Archer (Iva Archer) in The Maltese Falcon and Mme. Du Barry in Marie Antoinette.
Her last successful roles were as Lute Mae Sanders in Flamingo Road, her brief appearance as the corrupt nurse Miss Hatch in Detective Story, and Lullaby of Broadway as the alcoholic mother of Doris Day's wholesome character.
Gladys George was married and divorced four times.
- On March 31, 1922, she and actor Ben Erway eloped and were married by a judge in Oakland, California. "They were remarried in San Luis Obispo August 3 of the same year. They separated September 14, 1930." The couple divorced in October 1930.
- Her second husband was millionaire paper manufacturer Edward Fowler, who walked out in 1933 after finding the actress in the arms of her leading man, Leonard Penn. At the time George was playing a nymphomaniacal star in the Broadway hit Personal Appearance.
- George and actor Leonard Penn were married in a probate court in New Haven, Connecticut, September 19, 1935.
- Her last husband Kenneth Bradley, whom she married when she was 46, was a hotel bellboy 20 years her junior.
George was afflicted with numerous ailments, including throat cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. She died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954 in Los Angeles, California, aged 50, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.
|Red Hot Dollars||1919||Janet Muir||film debut|
|The Woman in the Suitcase||1920||Ethel|
|Below the Surface||1920||Alice|
|Homespun Folks||1920||Beulah Rogers|
|The Easy Road||1921||Isabel Grace|
|The House that Jazz Built||1921||Lila Drake|
|Straight Is the Way||1934||Shirley|
|Valiant Is the Word for Carrie||1936||Carrie Snyder||Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Only Academy Award for which Gladys George was ever nominated.|
|They Gave Him a Gun||1937||Rose Duffy||Co-starred with Spencer Tracy.|
|Madame X||1937||Madame X / Jacqueline Fleuriot / Miss Pran||Only film starring Gladys George to have been released on VHS.|
|Love Is a Headache||1938||Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee|
|Marie Antoinette||1938||Madame du Barry||First time Gladys George portrayed a historical figure. First supporting role since Oscar nomination.|
|I'm from Missouri||1939||Julie Bliss|
|Here I Am a Stranger||1939||Clara Paulding|
|The Roaring Twenties||1939||Panama Smith||James Cagney film with one of many substantial early supporting roles for Humphrey Bogart.|
|A Child Is Born||1939||Florette Laverne|
|The House Across the Bay||1940||Mary Bogel|
|The Way of All Flesh||1940||Anna Kriza|
|The Lady from Cheyenne||1941||Elsie|
|Hit the Road||1941||Molly Ryan|
|The Maltese Falcon||1941||Iva Archer|
|The Hard Way||1943||Lily Emery|
|The Crystal Ball||1943||Madame Zenobia|
|Nobody's Darling||1943||Eve Hawthorne|
|Christmas Holiday||1944||Valerie De Merode|
|Minstrel Man||1945||Mae White|
|Steppin' in Society||1945||Penelope Webster|
|The Best Years of Our Lives||1946||Hortense Derry|
|Millie's Daughter||1947||Millie Maitland|
|Alias a Gentleman||1948||Madge Parkson|
|Flamingo Road||1949||Lute Mae Sanders|
|Undercover Girl||1950||Liz Crow|
|Lullaby of Broadway||1951||Jessica Howard|
|He Ran All the Way||1951||Mrs. Robey|
|Detective Story||1951||Miss Hatch|
|Silver City||1951||Mrs. Barber|
|It Happens Every Thursday||1953||Mrs. Lucinda Holmes|
- "Family Tree Legends". Retrieved December 1, 2014. lists Gladys Clare Evans born September 13, 1904, Maine - died December 8, 1954, Los Angeles, California.
- "Gladys George Made Her Hit, Had to Run". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. May 12, 1940. p. 47. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tildesley, Alice L. (November 8, 1936). "Are You a "Yes-Woman"?". The Charleston Daily Mail. West Virginia, Charleston. p. 76. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The 9th Academy Awards | 1937". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
- "We found 141 results for "Gladys George"". Playbill. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Profile, imdb.com; accessed December 1, 2014.
- "Ben Erway, Oakland Actor, And Gladys George Are Wed". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. April 1, 1922. p. 4. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Utah Actress Asks Divorce". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. September 20, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Star Divorced". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. October 8, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Must Wait 3 Years to Wed in N.Y." The Milwaukee Sentinel. Wisconsin, Milwaukee. August 27, 1935. p. 18. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- "Gladys George Marries Actor Named in Suit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. September 19, 1935. p. 4. Retrieved March 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.