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Shirley Booth ACTOR


Shirley Booth was born on August 30th, 1898 in New York City, New York with the birth name Thelma Marjorie Ford, born to Albert James Ford and Virginia Martha Wright.  At the young age of twelve she joined the Hartford Stock Company and performed with them for six years.

Later she decided she wanted to pursue a fulltime career as an actress which her father was not in approval of, therefore, he forbid her to use the family name as her stage name so she took on the stage name, Shirley Booth instead.
Soon she was working in the Pittsburgh theatre and after some years of experience she made her Broadway debut in, "Hell's Bells" in 1925.  Soon she was appearing in more successful stage productions such as, High Gear" (1927), "School for Virtue" (1931), "Coastwise" (1931-1932) and "Three Men on a Horse" (1935-1937).

In addition to her many successful stage roles she also was given a chance to work as a radio performer on such programs as, "Duffy's Tavern" from 1941 through 1942.  

She also won a Tony Award in 1948 for her role in the play, "Goodbye, Mr. Fancy" followed by her second Tony Award in 1950 for her role in the play, "Come Back, Little Sheba".    

Other highly successful stage roles continued to be added to her credits such as, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1951), "The Time of the Cuckoo" (1952-1953) and "By the Beautiful Sea" (1954).   

Along with still working as a stage actress, Booth also traveled to Hollywood to break into the film industry appearing in her first film, "Come Back, Little Sheeba" (1952) starring alongside Burt Lancaster, Terry Moore and Richard Jaeckel, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading role.  Booth was the first actress to ever win a Tony and a Oscar for portraying the same role on stage and film.  Shirley Booth also won Best Actress Awards from the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe Awards and The New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Other film credits she added during her career in the industry were in, "About Mrs. Leslie" (1954) co-starring Robert Ryan and Alex Nicol, "The Matchmaker" (1958) also starring Shirley MacLaine, Robert Morse, Paul Ford and Anthony Perkins and "Hot Spell" (1958) starring with Anthony Quinn, Shirley MacLaine, Eileen Heckart and Earl Holliman.  She also appeared on a variety of television series such as, "The United States Steel Hour", "Hazel" (1961-1966), "CBS Playhouse", "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" and "A Touch of Grace".
She continued to add stage credits such as, "Chicago", "Juno" and her final Broadway appearances in, "Hay Fever" and "Look to the Lillies" (1970).    

Shirley Booth married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Ed Gardner in 1929 and they remained married until 1942.  She then married William H. Baker in 1943 and they were married until he passed away in 1951.  She did not re-marry and on October 16th, 1992, Booth passed away in North Chatham, Massachusetts from natural causes.   Her remains are interred in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey.  


1974   The Year Without a Santa Claus

1973   A Touch of Grace 

1969   The Ghost & Mrs. Muir 

1968   The Smugglers 

1967   CBS Playhouse 

1966   CBS Playhouse: The Glass Menagerie 

1961-1966  Hazel

1954-1961  The United States Steel Hour 

1958   The Matchmaker 

1958   Hot Spell 

1957   Playhouse 90 

1954   About Mrs. Leslie

1952   Come Back, Little Sheba

Matinee Classics - Ford Theater Radio Show
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