Ann Doran Overview:

Character actress, Ann Doran, was born Ann Lee Doran on Jul 28, 1911 in Amarillo, TX. Doran died at the age of 89 on Sep 19, 2000 in Carmichael, CA .


Light-haired American actress with slightly haunted look. Texas-born Doran never built up the cult following of some character players and remained, for almost 50 years, one of the most anonymous supporting people on the Hollywood scene. Often seen as a secretary, friend of the heroine, worried wife, or simply frightened female, her leading roles were largely confined to a fistful of two-reel comedies at Columbia. As the epitome of the working woman or average American wife, it wasn't surprising that she appeared in several Frank Capra films of the 1930s and 1940s. He remained her favorite director. Acting since childhood, she clocked up scores of films plus hundreds of appearances on TV. Perhaps best recalled as James Dean's mother in Rebel Without a Cause.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Ann Doran Quotes:

Jim Stark: Did you make my sandwiches?
Mrs. Carol Stark: There's meatloaf and, peanut butter.
[Jim laughs]
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: What did I tell you?
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: Peanut butter.
Mrs. Carol Stark: Well there's a thermos of orange juice and apple sauce cake to go with it.
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: [to Jim] And *I* made that.

Col. Edward Carruthers: What is the usual reason an intelligent creature kills?
Mary Royce: It's hungry? What made you so certain it's intelligent, Colonel, not just an animal? XXXXXXXX CARRUTHERS It opened the door to 'C' compartment.

Frank Stark: We give you love and affection, don't we? Well, then, what is it? Was it because we went to that party? Well, you know what kind of drunken brawls those kind of parties turn into. It's not a place for kids.
Mrs. Carol Stark: A minute ago, you said you didn't care if he drinks.
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: He said a little drink.
Jim Stark: You're tearing me apart!
Mrs. Carol Stark: [shocked] What?
Jim Stark: You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!
Mrs. Carol Stark: That's a fine way to behave!
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: Well, you know who he takes after.

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