|Born||January 6, 1906|
Portland, Maine, U.S.
|Died||August 9, 1990 84) (aged|
Hicksville, New York, U.S.
Paul Drake (m. 1943)
Appleby gained early acting experience as an understudy and a chorus member in plays in New York City. A newspaper article reported that Appleby "came to New York fresh from winning a Maine beauty contest."
Appleby was seen in many supporting roles, almost always in short subjects or low-budget feature films. She never progressed to leading roles in important pictures because of her height, which made her difficult to cast. The trim brunette stood just over five feet tall, and her early leading men (like comedian Charley Chase) towered over her.
She soon found steady if not prestigious work in Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedies. She appeared frequently with The Three Stooges, who were only a few inches taller than she was, and in 1940 she became Buster Keaton's leading lady, for the same reason: her height complemented his. She worked with Columbia comics Andy Clyde, El Brendel, and Hugh Herbert, and she had an uncredited part in John Ford's Stagecoach.
Some of her Stooge comedies were Loco Boy Makes Good, So Long Mr. Chumps, and In the Sweet Pie and Pie. One memorable appearance was as Mexican brunette Rosita in 1940's Cookoo Cavaliers. In the film, Appleby gets clobbered by the Stooges when a facial "mud pack" made of concrete dries on her face. Her petite figure belied her age, and she continued to play "younger" roles into the 1940s. One of her last screen roles was a one-line bit (playing a college co-ed at age 35) in the 1941 Jane Withers feature Small Town Deb.
Personal and death
In October 1925, newspapers reported that Appleby had married Teddy Hayes, an athletic trainer. Days later, however, Appleby contradicted that report. "Honest Injun, I'm single," she said. "Didn't mean it when I said I was married to Teddy Hayes." She left Hollywood in 1943 and married musician Paul Drake soon thereafter. They remained married until her death in Hicksville, New York, on August 9, 1990, aged 84.
- Paradise for Two (1927) - Young girl (uncredited)
- New York (1927) - Young girl (uncredited)
- Square Crooks (1928) - Kay Ellison
- Under Eighteen (1931) - Elsie
- Trick for Trick (1933) - Maisie Henry
- King of the Wild Horses (1933) - Napeeta
- The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) - Woman in Bar (uncredited)
- As the Earth Turns (1934) - Doris
- Jail Birds of Paradise (1934, Short) - Miss Deering - Prison Warder
- School for Girls (1934) - Florence Burns
- I Give My Love (1934) - Alice Henley
- Two Heads on a Pillow (1934) - Mitzie LaVerne
- Charlie Chan in Paris (1935) - Nardi
- Let 'Em Have It (1935) - Lola
- Riffraff (1936) - Gertie
- Lady of Secrets (1936) - Erma (uncredited)
- North of Nome (1936) - Ruby
- Paradise Express (1937) - Kay Carson
- Sea Racketeers (1937) - Dancer (uncredited)
- Make a Wish (1937) - Telephone Girl
- Fit for a King (1937) - Waitress (uncredited)
- Small Town Boy (1937) - Sandra French
- Live, Love and Learn (1937) - Lou - Bob's Model (uncredited)
- Making the Headlines (1938) - Claire Sandford
- Stagecoach (1939) - Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
- The Flying Irishman (1939) - Maybelle - a Waitress (uncredited)
- When Tomorrow Comes (1939) - Waitress (uncredited)
- The Women (1939) - Treatment Girl (uncredited)
- Nothing But Pleasure (1940, Short) - Mrs. Plunkett
- Convicted Woman (1940) - Daisy
- Rockin' Thru the Rockies (1940, Short) - Tessie
- The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) - Woman in Book Store (uncredited)
- Gold Rush Maisie (1940) - Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
- From Nurse to Worse (1940, Short) - Dr. Lerious' Receptionist (uncredited)
- The Spook Speaks (1940, Short) - Newlywed Wife
- The Devil's Pipeline (1940) - Stewardess
- Cookoo Cavaliers (1940, Short) - Rosita (uncredited)
- High Sierra (1941) - Margie - Joe's Girlfriend (uncredited)
- So Long Mr. Chumps (1941, Short) - Pomeroy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
- Manpower (1941) - Wilma
- In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941, Short) - Tiska Jones
- Loco Boy Makes Good (1942, Short) - Twitchell's Girl
- What's the Matador? (1942, Short) - O'Brien's Secretary
- Small Town Deb (1942) - Tim's dancing partner (uncredited)
- "Theatre Notes". Daily News. New York, New York City. April 9, 1924. p. 26. Retrieved July 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Out of Town the Tryout Season's on Full Blast". Daily News. New York, New York City. June 14, 1925. p. 47. Retrieved July 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Teddy Hayes, Dempsey's Ex-Trainer, Is Married". The Herald-Press. Michigan, Saint Joseph. October 27, 1925. p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Just a Fib". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. October 31, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved July 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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