Kay Francis

Welcome to Kay Francis’
Life & Career…

 Published & Maintained by Michael O’Hanlon
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Click here for a 5-year personal update from me.

November 23, 2014:

1938beltsecretsofanactressI added a bunch of different images to the site today. Finally, I have adjusted the updates to where you can click links here to view each new photo I’ve added to the site.

…it only took me five years to figure out.

CARDS: Added tobacco cards from 1933, 1937, and 1938.

FILMS: Added an article about the production for Let’s Go Native, as well as 3 new photos: one, two, and three.  One new photo for 24 Hours (1931). Another new photo for British Agent (1934).

PORTRAITS: Added 7 new stunning portraits between the years of 1929 through 1940: one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven

November 13, 2015:

With Mischa Auer in the 1950s.
With Mischa Auer in the 1950s.

CANDID PHOTOS: One image with William Haines from the mid-1930s added to the “On the Town” gallery and two images with Mischa Auer from the 1950s added to the “Other” candid images.

FILMS: Added a picture with guards for The Virtuous Sin (1930); a film review, a movie poster, an image, and theater lobby photo for Transgression (1931); an image and a poster for Mandalay (1934).

It’s interesting seeing images of Kay in her later years, realizing she still retained so much of the glamour she was identified with in her heyday.

Makes one wonder the types of films she would have been making had her career panned out differently.




November 08, 2015:

manwholosthimself241FILMS: Added one photo to both Raffles (1930) & Girls About Town  (1931), as well as two photos for Ladies’ Man (1931). I added a publicity shot for I Loved a Woman (1933); two photos, including an on the set shot, for Stolen Holiday (1937). Three new pictures for It’s a Date (1940), and two images and a lobby card for The Man Who Lost Himself (1941).

A lot of the really interesting shots added to this site I often share on the Facebook page for this website I created back in June. If you’re interested in keeping up with the Kay Francis community, feel free to join in!





October 22, 2015:

stolenholiday4232FILMS: Added a photo for Cynara (1932), four for The House on 56th Street (1933), one picture and a lobby card for Stolen Holiday (1937), a photo for Another Dawn (1937, at right), one on the set of Confession (1937), and two for Comet Over Broadway (1938).

Just reminding you that Turner Classic Movies will be playing The Goose and the Gander (1935) on Friday. Check your local listings.



October 14, 2015:

givemeyourheartmodernscreenFILMS: Focusing on Give Me Your Heart (1936). I added two photos with Patric Knowles and Kay, as well as a Modern Screen review for the film, two fashion layouts, and an insert (under the posters).

In other website news, I want to post this, which I recently posted on this website’s adjoining Facebook page:

I received a private inquiry about the diary of Kay Francis; basically whether or not the information sourced from it is fictionalized.

The information that I used for my website was pulled (and credited) mostly from the works from authors Lynn Kear, John Rossman, and Scott O’Brien—other sources were used to pull my website together back in 2010, but those were the main three, especially in regards to Kay’s personal diaries.

Kay’s mother, Katherine Clinton, had kept almost 30 years worth of scrapbooks on her daughter’s career. When Kay died, her own personal papers were placed into the same location as the scrapbooks, which were divided up between the New York Public Library and the Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

Those sources, I believe, can still be accessed by researchers.

Of Kay’s diary itself, I pull this quote from the preface of Lynn Kear and John Rossman’s book, “Her diary, uncovered in a university archive, details Kay’s life and career in New York, Paris, and Hollywood during Prohibition, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, and the War Years, including dozens of romantic liaisons.

“…Of course, curiosity got the better of us, and John [Rossman] made his first trip to Connecticut only to discover the diaries were not only diaries per se. Instead, they were calendar pages upon which two kind of notes were scribbled, events and appointments (written in longhand), and much more personal, often sexually explicit comments written in the shorthand Kay had learned in business school.”

The preface was written by Lynn Kear in the fall of 2005.

I feel it’s unjust to censor the life of a subject just because their actions may or may not coincide with one’s personal beliefs. I do not fault authors for printing such information, especially when the information exists in physical proof.

Make of this what you will.

As usual, feel free to email me with any questions about anything regarding this website.


October 12, 2015:

1928 with Walter Huston in Elmer the Great.
1928 with Walter Huston in Elmer the Great.

CANDID: Added nine photos to the candid page. For costume parties, one from 1935 with famous friends. For “On the Town,” a 1935 photo with Dick Powell, George Brent and Frank Borzage as well as a 1939 photo with Bette Davis. “Premiers,” a 1935 picture with Delmer Daves. “Studio Shots,” a 1930 photo on the Paramount lot with contract stars and a 1934 shot with Eugene Pallette and James Cagney for possibly a production which never materialized. Finally, under “Other Candid,” a 1931 shot on the beach with friends as well as a 1936 picture with William Powell and Norma Shearer and a 1937 shot with her dog, “Sniffer.”

FILMS: Updated the following film pages:

  1. Passion Flower (1930)
  2. One Way Passage (1932)
  3. Divorce (1945)
  4. Wife Wanted (1946)

STAGE CAREER: Added a very rare image of Kay and Walter Huston for “Elmer the Great.”

TELEVISION: Added the coming films which Turner Classic Movies will be showcasing.

Just a reminder, if you’re on Facebook and would like to join our growing Kay Francis page, click here to visit and feel free to join in!



October 04, 2015:

notoriousaffairlobbycardARCHIVES: Added four articles from various 1935 issues of Modern Screen: “Remedy for Heartbreak,” “8 Most Fascinating People,” “It’s Thrilling to be an Actress,” “If I Were Poor.”

FILMS: Adjusted the film pages for the following productions:

  1. Gentlemen of the Press (1929)
  2. Dangerous Curves (1929)
  3. A Notorious Affair (1930)
  4. Man Wanted (1932)
  5. Street of Women (1932)
  6. Jewel Robbery (1932)

I was happy to find a lobby card for both Notorious Affair and Man Wanted, since advertising for those films are among the most rare for Kay Francis movies.

The 8 most fascinating people article is a really interesting one, as is the one about being an actress. 




September 21, 2015:

1936aprlscreenland14ARCHIVES: Added a 1936 article from the January issue of Screenland, “I Found Kay Francis!

FILMS: Added a few photos for Scandal Sheet (1931).

PORTRAITS: Added several photos for the 1936 and 1935 years.

I’m still trying to work on fixing the film pages before I edit them and add new pictures; just to get them all finalized the way I would like them to appear. I also have to work on reviewing the handful of films left and writing articles to complete their pages. 



September 15, 2015:

alwaysinmyheart423Updated the following film pages:




September 13, 2015:

kingoftheunderworldwindowcard03Continuing working on fixing up the film pages. Added film posters, lobby cards, and/or photos and other ads to:

  1. My Bill (1938)
  2. Secrets of an Actress (1938)
  3. Comet Over Broadway (1938)
  4. King of the Underworld (1939)
  5. Women in the Wind (1939)
  6. In Name Only (1939)



September 2, 2015:

cynara1posterFILMS: Continuing sprucing up the film pages; worked on:

  1. Trouble In Paradise (1932)
  2. Cynara (1932)
  3. The Keyhole (1933)

I added advertisements and a portrait for Cynara, and only film photos for the other two. 





August 31, 2015:

anotherdawninsert08ARCHIVES:Read the Love Secrets of Kay Francis!” an article by Grace Simpson which originally appeared in the July 1932 issue of Screenland.

FILMS: Okay, so I’m doing a big redo for the advertisements on the films pages. I don’t like the way the thumbnails had cropped the images for the galleries, so I decided to redo them in a different way. Also, I went back and removed annoying watermarks from cool posters which do not deserve them because the markings are from online auctioneers who do not own the images. Starting with I Found Stella Parish (1935), I went right up through Women Are Like That (1938), fixing the ads and even adding some new ones:

  1. I Found Stella Parish
  2. The White Angel
  3. Give Me Your Heart
  4. Stolen Holiday
  5. Another Dawn
  6. Confession
  7. First Lady
  8. Women Are Like That

How the ads appear on those pages are how they will, in time, appear on every film’s page. I know it lengthens the page itself, but I like it better than the strangely cropped thumbnails.


(P.S. did you order any of the new Kay Francis DVDs from the Warner Bros. Archives?)


August 26, 1968

We Remember Kay Francis…


August 23, 2014:

cometoverbroadwayposter0825ARCHIVES:Kay and Bill Talk About Each Other!” By Maude Cheatham. An article from the August 1934 issue of Screenland in which Kay and William Powell discuss working with each other.

FILMS: Added a review and an on the set photo from Dr. Monica (1934); three Motion Picture Herald ads for The White Angel (1936); a portrait for Secrets of an Actress (1938); a poster for Comet Over Broadway (1938); a photo, poster, and production article for King of the Underworld (1939).

DO NOT FORGET! The Warner Bros. Archive is releasing four Kay Francis classics to DVD on August 25! 

  • I Found Stella Parish
  • The White Angel
  • Confession
  • The Feminine Touch


August 22, 2015:

firstladywindowcardCANDID: Added two photos of Kay to the Misc. section.

FILMS: Added images for Let’s Go Native (1930), Scandal Sheet (1931), Transgression (1931), I Loved A Woman (1933), The House on 56th Street (1933) and Confession. Also added a poster for First Lady (1937).

Portraits: Added a 1935 head shot in a white coat.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On August 25, 2015, the Warner Bros. archives are releasing I Found Stella Parish (1935), The White Angel (1936), Confession (1937) & The Feminine Touch (1941) on DVD!

The online resource for Kay Francis…

The Online Resource for the Queen of Warner Bros.