- Nancy Carroll
Nancy Carroll Born Ann Veronica Lahiff
November 19, 1903
New York City, New York, United States
Died August 6, 1965(aged 61)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress Years active 1923–1965 Spouse Jack Kirkland (1925–1930)
Francis Bolton Mallory (1931–1935)
C.H. "Jappe" Groen (1953–1965)
She was christened Ann Veronica Lahiff in New York City. Of Irish parentage, she and her sister once performed a dancing act in a local contest of amateur talent. This led her to a stage career and then to the screen. She began her acting career in Broadway musicals. She became a successful actress in "talkies" because her musical background enabled her to play in the movie musicals of the 1930s. Her film debut was in Ladies Must Dress in 1927.
In 1928 she made eight films. One of them, Easy Come, Easy Go, co-starring Richard Dix, made her a star. In 1930 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Devil's Holiday. Among her other films are Laughter (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930), Hot Saturday (1932) with Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) directed by James Whale, and Broken Lullaby aka The Man I Killed (1932) directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Under contract to Paramount Pictures, Carroll often balked at the roles being offered to her and earned a reputation as a recalcitrant and uncooperative actress. In spite of her ability to successfully tackle light comedies, tearful melodramas, and even musicals, and as well as garnering considerable praise by the critics and public (she received the most fan mail of any star in the early 1930s), she was released by the studio. In the mid-1930s under a four-film contract with Columbia Pictures, she made four rather insignificant films and was no longer an A-list actress.
Carroll retired from films in 1938, returned to the stage, and starred in the early television series The Aldrich Family in 1950. In the following year, she guest starred in the television version of The Egg and I, starring her daughter, Patricia Kirkland.
On August 6, 1965, she was found dead after failing to arrive at the theater for a performance. The cause of her death was an aneurysm. She was 61 years old.
Film Year Film Role Notes 1927 Ladies Must Dress Mazie 1928 Abie's Irish Rose Rosemary Murphy Easy Come, Easy Go Barbara Quayle Chicken a La King Maisie Devoe The Water Hole Judith Endicott Manhattan Cocktail Babs Clark Lost film except for one-minute montage sequence by Slavko Vorkapich The Shopworn Angel Daisy Heath 1929 The Wolf of Wall Street Gert Sin Sister Pearl Close Harmony Marjorie Merwin The Dance of Life Bonny Lee King Illusion Claire Jernigan Sweetie Barbara Pell 1930 Dangerous Paradise Alma Alternate title: Two Against Death Honey Olivia Dangerfield The Devil's Holiday Hallie Hobart Nominated for Best Actress Academy Award Laughter Peggy Gibson Paramount on Parade Herself cameo appearance Follow Thru Lora Moore 1931 Stolen Heaven Mary Night Angel Yula Martini Personal Maid Nora Ryan 1932 Broken Lullaby Fraulein Elsa Alternate title: The Man I Killed Wayward Daisy Frost Hot Saturday Ruth Brock Scarlet Dawn Tanyusha Krasnoff Under-Cover Man Lora Madigan 1933 Child of Manhattan Madeleine McGonegle The Woman Accused Glenda O'Brien The Kiss Before the Mirror Maria Held I Love That Man Grace Clark 1934 Springtime for Henry Julia Jelliwell Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round Sally Marsh Alternate title: Keep 'Em Laughing Jealousy Josephine "Jo" Douglas O'Roarke 1935 I'll Love You Always Nora Clegg After the Dance Anne Taylor Atlantic Adventure Helen Murdock 1938 That Certain Age Grace Bristow There Goes My Heart Dorothy Moore Television Year Title Role Notes 1950–1951 The Aldrich Family Alice Aldrich #2 Unknown episodes 1951 Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre 1 episode The Egg and I Betty's mother Unknown episodes 1959 The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen Fanny Wilson 1 episode 1961 Naked City Bernice Hacker 1 episode 1962 The United States Steel Hour 2 episodes 1963 Rockabye the Infantry Hortense Tyler Television movie 1963 Going My Way Nora Callahan 1 episode
- ^ Obituary Variety, August 11, 1965.
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