Shirley Booth

  • Birth Name: Thelma Marjorie Ford
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: October 16, 1992
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Began acting at age 12.
  • Honed her acting skills by appearing in some 600 plays with stock companies.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1925 in Hell's Bells, along with then-newcomer Humphrey Bogart.
  • Toiled on Broadway for a decade before achieving her first major success in 1935 in the comedy Three Men on a Horse.
  • Won a Tony for Come Back, Little Sheba in 1950, and won an Oscar for reprising the character in the film adaptation two years later; was the first actress to win both awards for the same role.
  • Come Back, Little Sheba was her first movie, and she only appeared in three other films.

Awards

  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
  • 1950, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Winner
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1955, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1953, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1949, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Winner
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Virginia Wright Ford — Mother
  • Ed Gardner — Ex-husband
  • William Baker — Husband (deceased)
  • Albert James Ford — Father
  • Jean Ford Coe — Sister

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