Ann Harding Overview:

Legendary actress, Ann Harding, was born Dorothy Walton Gatley on Aug 7, 1901 in Fort Sam Houston, TX. Harding died at the age of 80 on Sep 1, 1981 in Sherman Oaks, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Harding was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1930/31Best ActressHoliday (1930)Linda SetonNominated
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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. Ann Harding's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #16 on Aug 30, 1930.

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By Dawn on Apr 8, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(August 7, 1902 – September 1, 1981). In 1929, she made her film debut in Paris Bound, with Fredric March. A story about Jim Hutton and Mary Archer, who are happy to remain faithful to each other in spirit only. They are married with the bride believing that each should be all... Read full article


Happy Birthday

By monty on Aug 7, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Ann, born Dorothy Gatley, spent most of her childhood as an "army brat" constantly moving around before the family finally settled in New York. Ann first appeared on the stage while she spent a year attending Bryn Mawr College. She became a clerk and freelance script reader with a film company befor... Read full article


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Ann Harding Quotes:

Mrs. Lotty Wilkins: I couldn't stand his multiplying all by himself.


Valerie Colby: But how can you even think of marrying him if you don't love him?
Joan Colby: Love? Marriage has nothing to do with love. Marriage is a business - at least, it's a woman's business. And love is an emotion. A man doesn't let emotion interfere with *his* business, and if more women would learn not to let emotion interfere with *theirs*, fewer of them would end up in the divorce court.


Tom Collier: I thought for a long time we have been out of page so far as... so far as...
Daisy Sage: Wanting each other goes?
Tom Collier: Well, haven't we?
Daisy Sage: Speak for yourself, Tom.
Tom Collier: You too, Daisy. You first, I think.
Daisy Sage: Well, it's true that side of it was never so much to us, not in comparison, not... well not after those first crazy months. But I... I thought that was natural. I was even glad. Glad that it was all our needs that held us together. So closely. Not a claim. Never a claim but so closely.


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Ann Harding Facts
Unlike most film stars at that time, Ann dressed down off-camera and had little concern for her outwardly appearance. She often attended premieres without makeup or fancy hair-dos. Gossip maven Adela Rogers St. Johns claimed that Ann was "...the worst dressed woman I ever saw in my life!".

Met actor Harry Bannister while she at Detroit's Garrick Theatre in 1926 as its lead actress, producer, casting director and business manager. She hired him as a last-minute replacement leading man and they married later that year (daughter Jane was born in 1928). Their divorce in 1932 led to a year-and-a-half-long custody battle.

Her vehicle The Life of Vergie Winters (1934), portraying an unwed woman who carries on an illicit love affair with a married man and bears his child, was banned in Chicago and placed on the Catholic Church's films to be boycotted.

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