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 Frances Willard “Billie” <I>Vernon</I> Cagney

Frances Willard “Billie” Vernon Cagney

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Death 10 Oct 1994 (aged 95)
Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 10419 · View Source
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Wife of actor James Cagney, married from 1922 until his death in 1986.

Frances Cagney, actor James Cagney's beloved "Billie," his wife for 64 years, died Oct. 10 in the rural Upstate New York farmhouse where she and her husband found respite from his fame. She was 95.

The Cagneys had lived in Stanfordville, 54 miles south of Albany, working as gentlemen farmers, since 1955. She remained there after his death in 1986.

James Cagney, who appeared generally as an anti-hero in 64 films beginning in 1930, may be best known for his Oscar-winning role as song-and-dance man George M. Cohan in the 1942 film "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

He first met Frances Willard (Billie) Vernon (her parents had wanted a boy) when she was dancing in the chorus and he was a specialty performer in the 1920 New York musical "Pitter Patter." They married in 1922. A daughter, Kathleen, survives.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Willard “Billie” Vernon Cagney (19 Jun 1899–10 Oct 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10419, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .