Ann Harding (August 7, 1901 â€“ September 1, 1981) was an American theatre, motion picture, radio, and television actress.
Born Dorothy Walton Gatley at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of a career army officer, she traveled often during her early life. Her father, George C. Gatley, was born in Maine and served in the Armed Expeditionary Forces in World War I. He died in San Francisco, California in 1931. The family finally settled in New York, and young Dorothy attended Bryn Mawr College.
Following school, she found employment as a script reader, and began acting on Broadway.
In 1929 she made her film debut in Paris Bound, opposite Fredric March. In 1931 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Holiday.
First under contract to PathÃ©, which was subsequently absorbed by RKO studio, Harding co-starred with such luminaries as Ronald Colman, Myrna Loy, Herbert Marshall, Leslie Howard, Richard Dix, and Gary Cooper, often on loan out to other studios, such...
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