Ann Sheridan (February 21, 1915 January 21, 1967) was an American actress famous during The Golden Age of Hollywood. She also had the distinction of being a red-headed pin-up girl among the likes of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.
Ann was born Clara Lou Sheridan, and upon winning a beauty contest, came to Hollywood at the young age of 19. Paramount was the studio that discovered her, but they never put her to any use with all her sex appeal, glamour, and star qualities. Ann signed with Warner Bros. in 1936, and her Star-Making Role came two years later with Angels with Dirty Faces, starring James Cagney. She became known as Warner's "Oomph Girl", an appellation which she purportedly detested.
She excelled in drama, had great timing for comedy, and was adept at anything the studio threw at her. Yet all her sex appeal and winning qualities didn't make her a bonafide star, as Warner Bros. didnt know how to brand her: Was she the girl-next-door? The sexpot? The sarcastic chick a la Joan Blondell? It didnt help that Ann was also picky when it came to her parts and would be constantly suspended by Warners for refusing a role she didnt like.
As she aged through the late The '40s and The '50s, Hollywood was no longer calling, so she went to the stage and television. In the latter, she made frequent appearances in the soap operas Another World and Petticoats and Pistols.
She died from cancer in 1967, at the startlingly young age of 51.
Ann Sheridan on TV Tropes:
- Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
- Dodge City (1939)
- They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
- They Drive by Night (1940)
- Kings Row (1942)
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
- George Washington Slept Here (1942)
- Edge of Darkness (1943)
- One More Tomorrow (1946)
- I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
- Woman on the Run (1950)