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Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress whose career spanned six decades.

Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet loveable Brooklyn showgirl. The character proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series and radio show, The Adventures of Maisie.

In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary. The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, The Ann Sothern Show which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree in the sitcom My Mother the Car. She continued her career throughout the late 1960s with stage and film appearances and guest starring roles on television. Due to health issues, she worked sporadically during the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1987, Sothern appeared in her final film The Whales of August, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Sothern earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. After filming concluded, she retired to Ketchum, Idaho where she spent her remaining years before her death from heart failure in March 2001.
While visiting her mother in California, she won a role in the film The Show of Shows. She did a screen test for MGM and signed a six-month contract. She appeared in bit parts and walk on roles but soon grew frustrated with only appearing in small roles. She then met Florenz Ziegfeld at a party. Ziegfeld offered her a role in one of his productions. When MGM decided not to pick up her option, she moved to New York City to take Ziegfeld up on his offer.

On Broadway in 1931, she had leading roles in America's Sweetheart (135 performances in which she sang "I've Got Five Dollars" and "We'll Be The Same") and in Everybody's Welcome (139 performances).
In 1934, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Harry Cohn changed her name to Ann Sothern. "Ann" was chosen in honor of her mother and "Sothern" was chosen for Shakespearean actor E. H. Sothern. While at Columbia, she mainly appeared in roles in B-movies. After two years, the studio released her. In 1936, she was signed by RKO Radio Pictures and after a string of films that failed to attract a large enough audience, she left RKO. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shortly after leaving RKO.

After signing with MGM, Sothern was cast in the film Maisie (1939) as brassy Brooklyn burlesque dancer Mary Anastasia O'Connor who also goes by the stage name Maisie Ravier. In Mary C. McCall, Jr.'s screenplay of Wilson Collison's novel (MGM originally acquired this property for Jean Harlow who died in June 1937), Maisie is stranded penniless in a small Wyoming town, takes a job as a ranch maid and becomes caught in a web of romantic entanglements. After years of struggling and appearing in supporting parts, Sothern found major success with Maisie. The film was profitable for MGM, as were the string of Maisie comedy sequels that followed (box office proceeds from Maisie pictures financed MGM's costly dramas). From 1939 to 1947, she appeared in a total of ten Maisie. A review of Swing Shift Maisie (1943) by Time magazine praised Sothern and described her as "one of the smartest comediennes in the business". The popularity of the film series led to her own radio program, The Adventures of Maisie, broadcast on CBS from 1945 to 1947, on Mutual Broadcasting System in 1952 and in syndication from 1949 to 1953.

Sothern's next film was the musical Words and Music in 1948. In 1949, she appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Letter to Three Wives. The film earned her excellent reviews, but failed to stimulate her career which had began to wane in the late 1940s. In 1949, Sothern contracted hepatitis which she would battle for the next three years. After Sothern became ill, MGM canceled her contract.

 

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EPISODES LIST

Disc 1
Command Performance - 48-12-25 - 1948 Christmas Special, Announcer - Ken Carpenter (part 1)
Command Performance - 48-12-25 - 1948 Christmas Special, Announcer - Ken Carpenter (part 2)
Duffy's Tavern 490330 317 Durante and Sothern Act in Archies Play
Good News of 1940 400104 Guests Ann Sothern and William Gargan
Lux Radio Theater 41-11-24 Maisie Was a Lady
Lux Radio Theater 43-04-19 A Night to Remember
Lux Radio Theater 48-03-29 I Love You Again (repeat)
Martin and Lewis Show 520328 Ann Sothern
Orson Welles 440517 Ann Sothern for President
Suspense 480812 302 Beware the Quiet Man (128-44) 28355 29m34s
The Screen Guild Theater 39-09-24 Variety (Begin Gulf Screen Theater)
The Screen Guild Theater 40-02-04 I Met Him in Paris
The Screen Guild Theater 40-10-06 Red Dust
The Screen Guild Theater 42-11-23 Bachelor Mother
This Is My Best 45-03-20 Miss Dilly Says No
Disc 2
Adventures of Maisie 49-11-24 The Department Store Clerk
Adventures of Maisie 49-12-01 The Poet -- Effie
Adventures of Maisie 49-12-08 The Truck Driver
Adventures of Maisie 49-12-15 Eddie, the Boyfriend
Adventures of Maisie 49-12-22 The Phony Doctor
Adventures of Maisie 49-12-29 Bobby Kent
Adventures of Maisie 50-01-05 Eddie Designs a Bridge
Adventures of Maisie 50-01-12 Sonja, the Smart Dog
Adventures of Maisie 50-01-19 Lord Deveridge and Lady Revere
Adventures of Maisie 50-01-26 Stranded in Bartonville
Adventures of Maisie 50-02-02 Owes Hotel Bill to the Night Clerk
Adventures of Maisie 50-02-09 Trouble with the Law
Adventures of Maisie 50-02-16 Clothes for the Poor
Adventures of Maisie 50-02-23 The Sales Contest
Adventures of Maisie 50-03-02 On the Farm
Adventures of Maisie 50-03-09 The Manicurist - Bookie in the Barbershop
Adventures of Maisie 50-03-16 Chester Drake, Actor, Is Maisie's Idol
Adventures of Maisie 50-03-23 Jasper, Love Sick Fan of Chorus Girl Maisie
Adventures of Maisie 50-03-30 The Missing Heir
Adventures of Maisie 50-04-06 Maisie Wrecks Old Car and Must Pay
Adventures of Maisie 50-04-13 The Costume Ball
Adventures of Maisie 50-04-20 Safe Cracking
Adventures of Maisie 50-04-27 Professor Elliot
Adventures of Maisie 50-05-04 Hazel
Adventures of Maisie 50-06-22 Bill Jones, Soldier on Leave
Adventures of Maisie 50-06-29 Stranded in India
Adventures of Maisie 50-07-06 Anniversary for Eddie and Maisie
Adventures of Maisie 50-07-13 In Hollywood to See Stars
Adventures of Maisie 50-07-27 Two Speakers With Same Speech
Adventures of Maisie 50-08-03 The Ex-Convict
Adventures of Maisie 50-08-10 Phony Screen Test
Adventures of Maisie 50-08-17 The Money Manager
Adventures of Maisie 50-08-24 The Orphanage
Adventures of Maisie 50-08-31 Birthday Gifts
Adventures of Maisie 50-09-07 Theatrical Agent
Adventures of Maisie 50-09-14 Eddie Sells Cemetery Plots
Adventures of Maisie 50-09-21 Helping A Working Girl
Adventures of Maisie 50-09-28 The Nightclub
Adventures of Maisie 50-10-05 Hollywood Waitress
Adventures of Maisie 50-10-12 Small Town Newspaper
Adventures of Maisie 50-10-19 New York Banquet
Adventures of Maisie 50-10-26 The Ex-Convict
Adventures of Maisie 50-11-02 The Phony Screen Test
Adventures of Maisie 50-11-09 The Money Manager
Adventures of Maisie 50-11-16 The Orphanage
Adventures of Maisie 50-11-23 The Birthday Gift
Adventures of Maisie 50-11-30 The Theatrical Agent
Adventures of Maisie 50-12-07 The Skin Restorer
Adventures of Maisie 50-12-14 Helping a Working Girl
Adventures of Maisie 50-12-21 Home Movies
Adventures of Maisie 50-12-28 The Stolen Bracelet
Adventures of Maisie 51-01-04 Eddie Changes Apartments
Adventures of Maisie 51-01-11 Yvonne of the Ballet
Adventures of Maisie 51-01-18 The Artist's Model
Adventures of Maisie 51-01-25 Insurance
Adventures of Maisie 51-02-01 Duke Johnson
Adventures of Maisie 51-02-08 Off to Rio
Adventures of Maisie 51-02-15 The Napoleon Letter
Adventures of Maisie 51-02-22 Muscles
Adventures of Maisie 51-03-01 The Wild West Dude Ranch
Adventures of Maisie 51-03-08 Merton's Dreams
Adventures of Maisie 51-03-15 The Hayfields vs the McCoys
Adventures of Maisie 51-03-22 The Fortune Teller
Adventures of Maisie 51-03-29 The Newspaper Columnist
Adventures of Maisie 51-04-05 Las Vegas
Adventures of Maisie 51-04-12 Millie Faraday of Hollywood
Adventures of Maisie 51-04-19 Eddie Jordan, Private Eye
Adventures of Maisie 51-04-26 Manganese Gold Mine
Adventures of Maisie 51-05-03 Hotel Social Director
Adventures of Maisie 51-05-10 The Universal Elixir
Adventures of Maisie 51-05-17 The Indian Guide
Adventures of Maisie 51-05-24 1001 Soaps for the Maharajah
Adventures of Maisie 51-10-04 Killer Diller
Adventures of Maisie 51-10-11 Aunt Hattie
Adventures of Maisie 51-10-18 The Spicy Novel
Adventures of Maisie 51-10-25 The African Guide
Adventures of Maisie 51-11-01 Stanley Trotter from Ampop
Adventures of Maisie 51-11-08 Beatrice Butterfield, Inc
Adventures of Maisie 51-11-15 Thursday Island Pink Pearl
Adventures of Maisie 51-11-22 The Efficiency Expert
Adventures of Maisie 51-11-29 Jimmy Harris for Mayor
Adventures of Maisie 51-12-06 The Magic Act
Adventures of Maisie 51-12-13 Tex's Oil Stock


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