|Born||October 12, 1897|
Amsterdam, New York
|Died||April 5, 1975 (aged 77)|
Neptune, New Jersey, USA
|Years active||1930–1940 (retired)|
|Spouse(s)||Luigi Filiasi (1935–?)|
Howard "Stanley" Paschal (1931–1933)
Born in Amsterdam, New York, Courtney came from a large Irish-American family. After her father's death when she was fifteen, she decided to go onto the stage.
At age 16, Courtney was doing a specialty dance that earned her the nicknames of St Vitis, Mosquito and Lightning.
Courtney's first role as a singer and dancer came in the musical The Little Whopper in 1919. She became known among New York theatrical audiences for her work in Good News (1927), a musical comedy about college life. Her other credits include Spring Is Here (1929) and America's Sweetheart (1931). In the early 1930s, she left Broadway and went to Hollywood.
Courtney acted in 58 films between 1930 and 1940. She secured her first movie work by asking Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures for his assistance. She made her screen debut as Cousin Betty in Loose Ankles (1930). Her movie credits include The Raven (1935), Suzy (1936), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and Turnabout (1940), her last film.
Personal life and deathEdit
On June 20, 1931, Courtney married broker Howard S. Paschal in Rye, New York. They were divorced on May 10, 1933. Courtney was married to an Italian nobleman, whereby she acquired the title Marchesa, but did not use it. On April 5, 1975, Courtney died at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey.
- Loose Ankles (1930) as Betty
- Spring is Here (1930) as Mary Jane Braley
- Not Damaged (1930) as Maude Graham
- Song of the Flame (1930) as Grusha
- Bright Lights (1930) as Peggy North
- Sunny (1930) as 'Weenie'
- The Hot Heiress (1931) as Margie
- Big City Blues (1932) as Faun
- The World Gone Mad (1933) as Susan Bibens, Telephone Operator (uncredited)
- Cheating Blondes (1933) as Polly
- Hold Your Man (1933) as Maizie
- I Love That Man (1933) as Public Stenographer (scenes deleted)
- The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) as Flo
- Jealousy (1934) as Penny
- Broadway Bill (1934) as Nurse Mae (uncredited)
- Sweepstake Annie (1935) as Marge
- Carnival (1935) as Girl (uncredited)
- Men of the Hour (1935) as Miss Allison (uncredited)
- Air Hawks (1935) as Second Nurse (uncredited)
- Break of Hearts (1935) as Miss Wilson
- Dizzy Dames (1935) as Arlette
- The Raven (1935) as Mary Burns
- The Affair of Susan (1935) as Mrs. Barnes
- The Girl Friend (1935) as Hilda
- Ship Cafe (1935) as Molly
- Another Face (1935) as Mamie, Joe's Secretary (uncredited)
- Millions in the Air (1935) as Miss Waterbury
- Magnificent Obsession (1935) as Nurse May (uncredited)
- The Reckless Way (1936) as Laura Jones
- Brilliant Marriage (1936) as Sally Patrick
- Let's Sing Again (1936) as Marge Wilkins
- Three Cheers for Love (1936) as Dorothy
- Suzy (1936) as Maisie
- It Couldn't Have Happened – But It Did (1936) as Linda Sands
- Two in a Crowd (1936) as Mrs. Flynn (uncredited)
- Wedding Present (1936) as Mary Lawson
- Time Out for Romance (1937) as Mabel
- Clarence (1937) as Della
- The Hit Parade (1937) as Tillie
- Armored Car (1937) as Blind Date
- The 13th Man (1937) as Julie Walters
- Partners in Crime (1937) as Lillian Tate
- The Hurricane (1937) as Girl on Ship (uncredited)
- Having Wonderful Time (1938) as Emma
- Crime Ring (1938) as Kitty
- Letter of Introduction (1938) as Woman at Barry's Party (uncredited)
- Five of a Kind (1938) as Libby Long
- Beauty for the Asking (1939) as Gwen Morrison
- Blondie Meets the Boss (1939) as Betty Lou Wood
- When Tomorrow Comes (1939) as Waitress (uncredited)
- Missing Evidence (1939) as Nellie Conrad
- The Shop Around the Corner (1940) as Ilona
- The Farmer's Daughter (1940) as Emily French
- Turnabout (1940) as Miss Edwards (final film role)
- 1948 passenger list stating birth date October 12. "Ancestry. com".
- Birth date 12 October 1897. "Social Security death index".
- Dietz, Dan (2018). "America's Sweetheart". The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals (hardcover) (1st ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 103–106. ISBN 978-1-5381-0276-3.
- "Inez Courtney". The New York Times. April 7, 1975. p. 34. Retrieved December 24, 2020 – via ProQuest.
- "Inez Courtney Wins Divorce". The New York Times. May 11, 1933. p. 14. Retrieved December 24, 2020 – via ProQuest.
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