Dennie Moore

Dennie Moore (born Florence Moore,[1] December 30, 1902[2][3] – February 22, 1978) was an American film and stage actress.

Dennie Moore
Moore in the 1930s
Born
Florence Moore[1]

(1902-12-30)December 30, 1902
DiedFebruary 22, 1978(1978-02-22) (aged 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1927–1956

Early life

Moore was born in New York City on December 30, 1902 to Scottish-Irish immigrant parents and raised in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan. Her brother, Joe Moore, was an Olympic champion speed skater, and she had two step-sisters and one step-brother. She received six years of schooling.[1]

Career

In the late 1920s, she decided to pursue an acting career, using the name Dennie Moore to avoid confusion with the actress Florence Moore.[1] Starting in 1927 she appeared on Broadway in such plays as A Lady in Love, The Trial of Mary Dugan, Cross Roads, Torch Song, Twentieth Century, Phantoms, Conflict, Anatol, and Jarnegan.[4] She also appeared in productions in Chicago, Illinois and London, England.[1]

In 1935 Moore arrived in Hollywood and made her screen debut in an uncredited role in the Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn film, Sylvia Scarlett for RKO Radio Pictures.[5] She was primarily a freelance actress and floated between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. Studios. In the course of her film career, she appeared in twenty-two films[1] between 1935 and 1951, including Boy Meets Girl (1938), The Women (1939), Saturday's Children (1940), Dive Bomber (1941), and Anna Lucasta (1949).[6]

By the mid-1940s, Moore found herself getting less work in Hollywood, but more parts on the New York stage. In 1951, she made her last screen appearance as Mrs. Bea Gingras in The Model and the Marriage Broker. Moving back to New York City, she made one final performance onstage, creating the role of Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank.[1] In 1956, she retired from acting at the age of 54.[1][4]

Later life and death

Moore was a Roman Catholic[7] and a Democrat who supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election[8].

In 1977, David Ragan wrote in Who's Who in Hollywood that Moore "is retired, lives alone at an excellent hotel on Park Avenue, and is in her late 60s".[1]

Moore died of natural causes at age 75 on February 22, 1978 in her Manhattan apartment. She left no immediate survivors. She was cremated and her ashes scattered off her balcony. [1]

Stage appearances

  • A Lady in Love (1927)
  • The Trial of Mary Dugan (1927)
  • Jarnegan (1928–1929)
  • Conflict (1929)
  • Cross Roads (1929)
  • Phantoms (1930)
  • Torch Song (1930)
  • Anatol (1931)
  • East Wind (1931)
  • The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1932)
  • The Great Magoo (1932)
  • Twentieth Century (1932–1933)
  • Man Bites Dog (1933)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness (1933–1934)
  • Say When (1934–1935)
  • Swing Your Lady (1936–1937)
  • Hitch Your Wagon (1937)
  • In Clover (1937)
  • Ah, Wilderness! (1941)
  • Johnny on a Spot (1942)
  • Over 21 (1944)
  • Seven Lively Arts (1944–1945)
  • Star-Spangled Family (1945)
  • The Rat Race (1949–1950)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1955–1957)

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1935Sylvia ScarlettMaudie Tilt - the MaidUncredited
1936Meet Nero WolfeMazie Gray
1937AngelEmma MacGillicuddy Wilton
1937The Perfect SpecimenClarabelle
1937Submarine D-1Arabella
1938Mystery HouseAnnette
1938Cowboy from BrooklynAbby Pitts
1938Four's a CrowdBuckley's Secretary(scenes deleted)
1938Boy Meets GirlMiss Crews
1938Secrets of an ActressMiss Blackstone
1939The Adventures of Jane ArdenTeenie Moore
1939I'm from MissouriKitty Hearne
1939Bachelor MotherMary
1939These Glamour GirlsMavis - Jane's RoommateUncredited
1939The WomenOlga
1939No Place to GoMrs. Harriet Shafter
1939Eternally YoursWaitressUncredited
1940Saturday's ChildrenGertrude Mills
1940Women in WarGinger
1941Dive BomberMrs. James
1949Anna LucastaBlanche
1951The Model and the Marriage BrokerMrs. Bea Gingras(final film role)

References

  1. Nissen, Axel (2016). Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 139–42. Retrieved September 4, 2017.; TCIN 51280705; ISBN 9780786497324 (subscription required)
  2. The Social Security Death Index and death-records.mooseroots.com both give her year of birth as December 30, 1902; however other reliable sources cite December 31, 1902 and December 31, 1903; accessed December 11, 2014.
  3. The 1940 U.S. census, dated April 15, 1940 gives her age as 36, indicating 1903 as her year of birth, but this is not dispositive.
  4. Dennie Moore at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. Sylvia Scarlett profile, IMBd.com; accessed December 11, 2014.
  6. Dennie Moore on IMDb
  7. Morning News, January 10, 1948, Who Was Who in America (Vol. 2)
  8. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers

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