Kay Francis’ Life and Career

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Kay Francis
(January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968)

“Before Bette Davis began her reign as ‘the fourth Warner Brother’ in 1938 with Jezebel, Kay Francis was the most important female star at that studio. A few other contenders came and went (Ruth Chatterton, Ruby Keeler and Dolores Del Rio among them) but Kay–after a healthy run at Paramount in 19 films, including The Cocoanuts with the Marx Brothers, and Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise–had moved to the Burbank lot, helping the Warner boys to pay the mortgage for several years.”

–Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, 2007

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