Florence Rice

Florence Davenport Rice (February 14, 1907 February 23, 1974) was an American film actress.[1]

Florence Rice
Rice, pictured in 1940
Born(1907-02-14)February 14, 1907
DiedFebruary 23, 1974(1974-02-23) (aged 67)
Years active1927–1947
David W. Dade
(m. 1926; div. 1928)

Sydney Smith
(m. 1930; div. 1931)

Robert Wilcox
(m. 1937; div. 1939)

Fred Butler
(m. 1946)

Early years

Rice was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Grantland Rice and Fannie Katherine Hollis.[2] She attended Dwight School for Girls at Englewood, New Jersey,[3] and Smith College.[4]


Rice became an actress during the early 1930s and, after several Broadway roles, eventually made her way to Hollywood, where she acted in almost fifty films between 1934 and 1943.

Blonde, pretty, and wholesome, Rice was cast as the reliable girlfriend in several films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM gradually provided her with more substantial roles, occasionally in prestige productions. Rice never became a major figure in films, but she performed in a number of screen pairings with Robert Young.[1]

Her most widely seen performances were in Double Wedding (1937), in which she was billed third in the cast credits behind William Powell and Myrna Loy, Sweethearts (1938) with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, and The Marx Brothers film At The Circus (1939).

During the 1940s the quality of her roles steadily decreased and in 1947 she retired.

Personal life

Rice married four times, with her fourth marriage lasting until her death.


On February 23, 1974, Rice died in Honolulu from lung cancer at age 67. She was survived by her husband.[4]



  1. Nugent, Frank S. (August 10, 1939). "Miracles for Sale (1939) THE SCREEN; Murder in Magicians' Row Is the Theme of 'Miracles for Sale,' the New Mystery at the Criterion". The New York Times.
  2. Harper, William Arthur (1999). How You Played the Game: The Life of Grantland Rice. University of Missouri Press. p. 130. ISBN 9780826212047. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. Niemeyer, H.H. (May 15, 1938). "No Help from Famous Father". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri, St. Louis. p. 45. Retrieved January 26, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Florence Rice Dies; Screen Actress, 67". The New York Times. New York, New York City. February 26, 1974. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
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