Andrea Leeds (August 14 1914 – May 21 1984) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress.
Born Antoinette Lees in Butte, Montana, she began her film career in 1934 playing bit parts and using her given name. As Andrea Leeds she played her first substantial role in the 1936 film Come and Get It and achieved another success with her next film It Could Happen to You (1937).
She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her next role, as an unsuccessful, aspiring actress in Stage Door (1937). As part of a cast of highly regarded actresses including Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden, Leeds was singled out by many critics and received widespread acclaim. After her film success in Stage Door, Leeds read for the role of Melanie in Gone with the Wind, but didn't get the role, which eventually went to Olivia de Havilland.
Her wholesome quality led to her being cast in The Goldwyn Follies (1938) playing "Miss Humanity" - a woman...
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Stage Door is a 1937 RKO film, adapted from the play by the same name, that tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a single boarding house. The film stars Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball, Huntley Gordon, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Constance Collier, Gail Patrick and Andrea Leeds.The film was adapted by Morrie Ryskind and Anthony Veiller from the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, but the play's storyline and the characters' names were almost completely changed for the movie. The writers listened to the young actresses talking off set during rehearsals and incorporated their style of talking into the film. The film was directed by Gregory LaCava.Stage Door was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Leeds was nominated as Best Supporting Actress.Hepburn plays Terry Randall, a young debutante who wants to be an actress. She moves into The Footlights Club, a theatrical rooming house, while trying to make it and...,
The Bohemian Girl is a 1936 feature film version of the operetta The Bohemian Girl by Michael William Balfe. It was produced at the Hal Roach Studios, and stars Laurel and Hardy and Thelma Todd in her last role before her mysterious death.Laurel and Hardy are a hen-pecked pair of Gypsies in 18th Century Austria. When Oliver is out pickpocketing, fortune-telling or attending his zither lessons, his wife (Mae Busch), has an affair with Devilshoof (Antonio Moreno). A cruel nobleman, Count Arnheim, persecutes the Gypsies, who are forced to flee, but Mrs. Hardy kidnaps his daughter, Arline (Darla Hood), leaves Hardy holding the baby, and elopes with Devilshoof.12 years later, the Gypsies return to Arnheim's estate. When grown up Arline (Julie Bishop) trespasses in Arnheim's garden, she recognises the place, but is arrested by a constable (Jimmy Finlayson) and sentenced to the torture chamber. Stan and Oliver try to save her, but Stan is too drunk and both are arrested. Arline is rescued in...
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