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December 2, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of American Actress Glenda Farrell in the 1930s

Born 1904 in Enid, Oklahoma, American actress Glenda Farrell personified the smart and sassy, wisecracking blonde of the Classical Hollywood films. She began acting on stage as a child and continued with various theatre companies and on Broadway before signing with Warner Bros.

A signature 1930s Warner Bros. star, Farrell appeared in films such as Little Caesar (1931), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and Lady for a Day (1933). Starting with Smart Blonde (1937), she played Torchy Blane, a daring female reporter, in a series of popular films which later was credited by comic book writer Jerry Siegel as the inspiration for the DC Comics reporter Lois Lane.

After leaving Warner Bros. in 1939, Farrell remained active in film, television and theatre throughout the rest of her career. Her career spanned more than 50 years, appearing in numerous Broadway plays, films and television series. She won an Emmy Award in 1963 for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her performance as Martha Morrison in the medical drama television series Ben Casey.

Farrell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 6524 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960. She died in 1971 from lung cancer, aged 66, at her home in New York City. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of young Glenda Farrell in the 1930s.


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