American Actress Shirley Booth was born Thelma Marjorie Ford on 30th August, 1898 in New York City, New York, USA and passed away on 16th Oct 1992 North Chatham, Massachusetts, USA aged 94. She turned down other movie roles, including A Pocketful of Miracles and Airport, but continued working on the stage until the Seventies, in, among other plays, Juno and the Paycock and Hay Fever. Her next film was released in the year 1954 named About Mrs. Leslie, where she plays the role of Mrs. Vivien Leslie. [33] Booth, who owned the rights to the series,[citation needed] hired Lynn Borden, a former Miss Arizona, as Steve's wife Barbara. So in an act of rebellion, she ran away from home. On Broadway, she scored personal successes in the musical By the Beautiful Sea (1954) and the comedy Desk Set (1955). Her three films had been directed by Daniel Mann, but Wallis handed her over to Joseph Anthony when he produced Thornton Wilder's comedy The Matchmaker. [4], On November 23, 1929, Booth married Ed Gardner, who later gained fame as the creator and host of the radio series Duffy's Tavern. He moved to Los Angeles from Japan with his mother when he was six years old. He made appearance on CBS TV game show ‘Child’s Play’ when he was eight. The series was based on the British sitcom For the Love of Ada. She also showed her appearance in many films. She retired from all forms of acting in 1974. [13], Her success in Come Back, Little Sheba was immediately followed by the musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1951), based on the popular novel, in which she played the feisty, but lovable Aunt Sissy, which proved to be another major hit. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. She was born as Marjory Ford to Albert James and Virginia Ford. real-world solutions, and more. From 1961 to 1966, she played the title role in the sitcom Hazel, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards. ), and to play Alma Duval in the drama Hot Spell (1958). She has an attractive body. Her most significant success was as Lola Delaney, in the drama Come Back, Little Sheba, for which she received her first Tony Award in 1950 (she would go on to win two more). To continue acting, she ran away from home. She wanted to be a very successful actress of Hollywood and earn name and fame from the Hollywood. She won critical acclaim for her performance and was nominated for another Primetime Emmy Award. [19] On October 16, 1992, Oka celebrates his birthday every year on December 27 as he was born on December 27, 1974. After retiring she spent her later years living with her pet poodle. In the title-role Booth was much funnier than Ruth Gordon had been on the stage (both in London and New York), and she was probably better than the many stars who played the role when it was musicalised as Hello Dolly]. Her final role was Mrs. Claus in the 1974 animated Christmas television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. Select cookie types you want to enable: [Show Details]. She got married to Ed Gardner in the year 1929 and divorced in the year 1942. The series was based on the British sitcom For the Love of Ada. [5][8] Booth first attracted major notice as the female lead in the comedy hit Three Men on a Horse, which ran almost two years from 1935 to 1937. She moved on to give radio performances as well and finally made her film debut when she was 54 and won an Academy Award for her debut! After 30 years in the business she had become one of New York's most beloved actresses. She initially used the name "Thelma Booth" when her father forbade her to use the family name professionally. She is most remembered for Hazel. Sadly, her father didn’t agree with her wanting to act. Shirley has given a good height of Hollywood. Some of her best plays were ‘Hollywood Pinafore’ (1945), ‘The Men we Marry’ (1948) and ‘Goodbye, my Fancy’ (1949). Shirley Booth was previously married to William V. Baker (1943 - 1951) and Ed Gardner (1929 - 1942). William H. baker, Jr. died in the year 1951. [12], Booth was 54 years old when she made her first movie, although she had successfully shaved almost a decade off her real age, with her publicity stating 1907 as the year of her birth. She had no children from either marriage. [31] Booth is one of the few performers to win all three major entertainment awards (Oscar, Tony, Emmy). Oldest first, -1) ? But some records suggest that she was known as Thelma Booth Ford.