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May 31, 1905
Logansport, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||November 14, 1987 (aged 82)|
Vernon, Texas, U.S.
Ann Christy (born Gladys Cronin; May 31, 1905 – November 14, 1987) was an American motion picture actress, whose screen career was relatively brief, spanning only five years, from 1927 in the late silent era to the early years of sound.
Born Gladys Cronin in Logansport, Indiana, Christy left Indiana and relocated to California where she attended Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. She intended to pursue a career in business, but was persuaded by friends to try acting. She made her film debut in a bit part in the 1927 film Long Pants, starring Harry Langdon. That same year, she was awarded an Al Christie comedy leading lady film contract in May 1927. She appeared in film comedies with Bobby Vernon and Neal Burns. In 1928, Christy was selected by Harold Lloyd from more than fifty applicants to play his leading lady in the comedy Speedy (1928). That same year, she was selected one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars.
Following her success in Speedy, Christy vacationed in New York. When she returned to Hollywood, she discovered that she had been forgotten. She returned to acting with parts in collegian film serials with Universal Pictures. In 1931, Christy sued the Herbert M. Baruch Corporation for $100,730 in damages. She said she sustained multiple fractures and other injuries when she drove her car into a ditching machine, which she contended was left on the highway by the defendants, without the proper lights. It is not clear what the verdict was. She made her last onscreen appearance in the 1932 film Behind Stone Walls, starring Edward J. Nugent.
|1927||Long Pants||Bit Role||Uncredited|
|The Kid Sister||Mary Hall|
|The Water Hole||Dolores|
|1929||Just Off Broadway||Nan Morgan|
|The Lariat Kid||Mary Lou|
|Lady of Lions||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#1): Lady of Lions|
|Hi-Jack and the Game||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#2): Hi-Jack and the Game|
|The Take-Off||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#3): The Take-Off|
|1930||Steeplechase||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#4): Steeplechase|
|Live Ghosts||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#5): Live Ghosts|
|Footlight Follies||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#6): Footlight Follies|
|A Royal Four-Flush||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#7): A Royal Four-Flush|
|Arabian Daze||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#8): Arabian Daze|
|Seeing Stars||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#9): Seeing Stars|
|Chinese Blues||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#10): Chinese Blues|
|Halloween||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#11): Halloween|
|Schoolmates||Judy||Alternative title: Sporting Youth (#12): Schoolmates|
|The Fourth Alarm||Helen Griffith|
|1931||Big Ears||Wheezer's mother|
|1932||Dream House||Betty Brooks||Alternative title: Crooner's Holiday|
|Behind Stone Walls||Peg Harper - Bob's Girlfriend|
- Los Angeles Times, "Harold Lloyd Finds Lead In Ann Christy", July 9, 1927, Page A7.
- Los Angeles Times, "Comedy Recruits", July 17, 1927, Page J4.
- Los Angeles Times, "World Travel Is Cherished Ambition Of Leading Lady", July 24, 1927, Page C13.
- Los Angeles Times, "Jury Hearing Ann Christy Tale of Crash", April 15, 1931, Page A5.
- Olean, New York Evening Times, "Movie Chat", June 5, 1930, Page 11.
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