Winnie Lightner (Winifred J. Reeves)
Photos with Winnie Lightner
BiographyGreenport, New York, USA
Winnie Lightner was known as Broadway's "Song a Minute Girl" because she could belt out a song in less than 60 seconds. Her brassy outgoing style lent itself to Warner's Vitaphone shorts when sound came in and soon Winnie Lightner was a top Warner star. The missing "Gold Diggers of Broadway" was a triumph for Lightner in 1929, and the all-technicolor "Life of the Parry" was an even bigger hit. Read more... Crawford. Lightner had met Director Roy Del Ruth when he directed "Gold Diggers" and they eventually married. Winnie had a son from a previous marriage named Richard Lightner (he legally changed his name to Lightner) when she married Del Ruth. They had a son named Thomas who is a cinematographer in Hollywood. After she quit pictures she never looked back. Friends and family never heard her speaking of her days of fame and the Del Ruth's rarely entertained the movie crowd in their home. Winnie died in 1972 and is buried next to Roy at the Mission San Fernando in Southern California.
Character: Herself - Performer in 'Pingo Pongo' & 'Singing in the Bathtub' Numbers
The Show of Shows 1929