Gladys Blake

Gladys Blake

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1920-05-12
Deathday: 1983-05-21 (63 years old)

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Biography

Gladys Blake (born Gladys Timmons; May 12, 1910 – May 21, 1983) was an American character actress from the 1930s to the 1950s. Blake was born on January 12, 1910, in Luray, Virginia. Her mother, Ada Timmons, died when Gladys was less than a year old.At fourteen, she entered the theater world in a stock company, before moving on to vaudeville. In vaudeville, she met her husband, Lee Gresham, and the two formed an act together. While performing in Los Angeles, they were noticed by producer Edward Small, which led to her beginning in the film industry.Blake made her film debut in a small role in I Have Lived (1933), directed by Richard Thorpe. She had her first featured role later that same year in Rainbow over Broadway, which Thorpe also directed.Over her 20-year career, she appeared in over 100 films. She was noted for playing very talkative supporting roles.Appearing mostly in supporting or bit parts, she was occasionally given a featured role, as in Lucky Night (1939), which starred Myrna Loy and Robert Taylor; or Woman of the Year (1942), which starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, in which she played Flo Peters, the wife of a friend of Tracy's character. Even more rarely she would be given the lead in a film, such as in Racing Blood (1936). In the early 1940s, she played the recurring role of "Maisie" in several of the Dr. Kildare films starring Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, and Laraine Day.Other notable films in which she appeared include: Ship Ahoy (1942), starring Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton; the Abbott and Costello film, Who Done It?; the 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera, starring Claude Raines; The Naughty Nineties, again with Abbott and Costello; On the Town; The Yellow Cab Man, starring Red Skelton; and the 1952 epic, The Greatest Show on Earth.Blake's final role was in 1952's This Woman is Dangerous, starring Joan Crawford and Dennis Morgan, in which she plays a garrulous hairdresser.Blake died on May 21, 1983, aged 73, in Sacramento, California.

Filmography

All 61

Movies 61

Maggie (Uncredited)
This Woman Is Dangerous

This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)

Movie
Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)
On the Town

On the Town (1949)

Movie
4
Boxing Fan (uncredited)
The Accused

The Accused (1949)

Movie
Flower Shop Girl
Ladies of the Chorus

Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Movie
Sidekick
The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life (1948)

Movie
Elsie, Larrimore's Secretary
Smart Woman

Smart Woman (1948)

Movie
Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Fear in the Night

Fear in the Night (1947)

Movie
6
Lilly Beth
Scared to Death

Scared to Death (1947)

Movie
Townley's Secretary
The Magnificent Rogue

The Magnificent Rogue (1946)

Movie
Pantages Theatre Cashier
Nocturne

Nocturne (1946)

Movie
Mrs. Clyde
The Blonde Stayed On

The Blonde Stayed On (1946)

Movie
Girl (uncredited)
Over 21

Over 21 (1945)

Movie
Glenda
Bewitched

Bewitched (1945)

Movie
Girl in Garter Gag (uncredited)
The Naughty Nineties

The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Movie
Betty Vale
Rockin' in the Rockies

Rockin' in the Rockies (1945)

Movie
Miss Schlepheimer
Let's Go Steady

Let's Go Steady (1945)

Movie
Waitress
Reckless Age

Reckless Age (1944)

Movie
Sally
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)

Movie
Miss Dooley (uncredited)
She's a Soldier Too

She's a Soldier Too (1944)

Movie
Janie Woods
Career Girl

Career Girl (1944)

Movie
Madge
Top Man

Top Man (1943)

Movie
Diana
Fired Wife

Fired Wife (1943)

Movie
Jeanne
Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Movie
Birdie
A Stranger in Town

A Stranger in Town (1943)

Movie
Newspaper Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Seven Sweethearts

Seven Sweethearts (1942)

Movie
Telephone Operator
Who Done It?

Who Done It? (1942)

Movie
Merton's Secretary
Ship Ahoy

Ship Ahoy (1942)

Movie
Flo Peters
Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year (1942)

Movie
Sales Clerk (Uncredited)
Fly-By-Night

Fly-By-Night (1942)

Movie
Receptionist at Verne's Office (uncredited)
Johnny Eager

Johnny Eager (1941)

Movie
Trixie
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls (1941)

Movie
Marie (uncredited)
Married Bachelor

Married Bachelor (1941)

Movie
Salesgirl
West Point Widow

West Point Widow (1941)

Movie
Brunette Note-Deliverer
Bachelor Daddy

Bachelor Daddy (1941)

Movie
Maisie
The People Vs. Dr. Kildare

The People Vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)

Movie
Chorus Girl
The Lady from Cheyenne

The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)

Movie
Maisie, Emergency Switchboard Operator
Dr. Kildare's Crisis

Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)

Movie
First Stenographer (uncredited)
The Golden Fleecing

The Golden Fleecing (1940)

Movie
Salesgirl (uncredited)
I Love You Again

I Love You Again (1940)

Movie
6
Beauty Operator
Sailor's Lady

Sailor's Lady (1940)

Movie
Miss Martin (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Movie
'Babe', Silken Legs (uncredited)
The Earl of Chicago

The Earl of Chicago (1940)

Movie
Miss Pitts
Money To Burn

Money To Burn (1939)

Movie
Saloon Girl
The Cisco Kid and the Lady

The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)

Movie
Miss Brooklyn
Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious (1939)

Movie
Miss St. Claire (uncredited)
The Women

The Women (1939)

Movie
Joy Lane Cashier (uncredited)
These Glamour Girls

These Glamour Girls (1939)

Movie
Myra Haskins (uncredited)
Tell No Tales

Tell No Tales (1939)

Movie
Blackie
Lucky Night

Lucky Night (1939)

Movie
Fran
There's That Woman Again

There's That Woman Again (1938)

Movie
Mary (uncredited)
You Can't Take It with You

You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Movie
6
Phyllis Reynolds
Racing Blood

Racing Blood (1936)

Movie
Love in September

Love in September (1936)

Movie
Switchboard Operator
One in a Million

One in a Million (1935)

Movie
Gold's Secretary
Coming Out Party

Coming Out Party (1934)

Movie
Lucas's Secretary
Air Fright

Air Fright (1933)

Movie
Nellie Valleron
Rainbow Over Broadway

Rainbow Over Broadway (1933)

Movie
Mitzi
My Weakness

My Weakness (1933)

Movie
The Important Witness

The Important Witness (1933)

Movie
Secretary
The Rummy

The Rummy (1933)

Movie
Gertie - Stenographer
Don't Play Bridge With Your Wife

Don't Play Bridge With Your Wife (1933)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.36
Based on 117 Tausend movie and tv ratings over time
1933
1939
1941
1940
1952

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1920-05-12

Deathday
1983-05-21 (63 years old)

Place of birth
Luray, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America


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