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Helen Broderick (August 11, 1891 – September 25, 1959) was an American film and stage actress known for her comic roles, especially as a wisecracking sidekick.[1]

Helen Broderick
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Helen Broderick
Born(1891-08-11)11 August 1891
Died25 September 1959(1959-09-25) (aged 68)
OccupationStage, film actress
Years active1924–1946
Spouse(s)Lester Crawford (1910–1959) (her death)
ChildrenBroderick Crawford



She began on Broadway as a chorus girl in the Follies of 1907, the first of Florenz Ziegfeld's annual revues. By the late 1920s, she was playing leads and featured roles, most notably in Fifty Million Frenchmen. In the early 1930s, she starred in the revues The Band Wagon and As Thousands Cheer. Her film roles included her stage success made into a film: Fifty Million Frenchmen, the Astaire-Rogers movies Top Hat and Swing Time. She did leading roles in a few B movies, such as Murder on a Bridle Path.

The wife of actor Lester Crawford (they appear together in the 1931 7-minute comedy short The Spirits of 76th Street), they were the parents of Academy Award-winning actor Broderick Crawford.

Broderick's last appearance on film was with Deanna Durbin in the comedy "Because of Him" (1946).[2]

Death and intermentEdit

Broderick died after a stroke at the age of 68 on September 25, 1959.[3][4] Her husband died in November 1962.

Complete filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Helen Broderick" (biography), in "Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide," (2005). Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Classic Movies, retrieved online February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Helen Broderick" (biography), in "Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide" (2005), Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ "Actress Helen Broderick Crawford" (brief death notice with photo). Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Free Press, September 28, 1959, p. 10.
  4. ^ "Helen Broderick" (biography), in "Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide" (2005), Turner Classic Movies.

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