Harriet Lake, later changed to Ann Sothern, was born on January 22, 1909 in Valley City, North Dakota. She was educated at
the University of Washington and was trained as a vocalist by her mother. In 1929, under her real name, Sothern made her film
debut playing small parts. She headed for Broadway where she quickly rose from small parts to leads. She returned to films
in 1933 and under her new name, she found her niche playing lighthearted heroines in B pictures for Columbia and RKO. She
moved to MGM in 1939 and gained popularity in the comedy-adventure series
Maisie . She demonstrated her vocal, comedic, and dramatic talents in films such as
Lady Be Good ,
A Letter to Three Wives , and
Panama Hattie , among many others.
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