Ann Sothern

About Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern (born January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American actress who worked on stage, radio, film, and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl, which spawned a successful film series and a network radio series. 

In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom ‘Private Secretary’. The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, ‘The Ann Sothern Show’, which aired for three seasons.Over the course of her career, Sothern also managed several businesses and production companies. In the 1950s, she opened the Ann Sothern Sewing Center in Sun Valley, Idaho, which sold fabric, patterns, and sewing machines. She also owned a cattle ranch in Idaho named the A Bar S Cattle Company. Sothern owned Vincent Productions, Inc., which produced her first series ‘Private Secretary’, and Anso Productions which produced ‘The Ann Sothern Show’.

 In 1987, Sothern appeared in her final film ‘The Whales of August’, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Sothern earned her only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. After filming concluded, she retired to Ketchum, Idaho, where she spent her remaining years before her death from heart failure in March 2001. Learn More…

Ann Sothern