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Kay Francis (Katherine Edwina Gibbs)

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Biography

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era, yet, for a while in the 1930s, she ranked as one of the most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers', by 1935 earning a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000). The daughter of actress Katherine Clinton and businessman Joseph Gibbs, Kay did not start her working life in show business but sold real estate and arranged extravagant parties for wealthy socialites. Following her marriage in 1922 to James Dwight Francis, son of a moneyed family, Kay adopted the surname Francis. Read more...

Actor

Character: Zelda Paxton

Illusion 1929

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Character: Carmen / Party Girl

Paramount on Parade 1930

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Character: Madame Mariette Colet

Trouble in Paradise 1932

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Character: Baroness Teri

Jewel Robbery 1932

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Character: Lois Ames

Man Wanted 1932

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Character: Clemency Warlock

Cynara 1932

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Character: Tanya Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie Lang

Mandalay 1934

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Character: Florence 'Flo' Nightingale

The White Angel 1936

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Character: Maida Walker

In Name Only 1939

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Character: Georgia Drake

It's a Date 1940

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Character: Nellie Woods

The Feminine Touch 1941

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Character: Grace Herbert

Play Girl 1941

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Character: Marjorie Scott

Always in My Heart 1942

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Character: Alma Marsden

Street of Chance 1930

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Writing