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 Gertrude Michael

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Gertrude Michael

  • Birth 1 Jun 1910 Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 31 Dec 1964 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Vaultage
  • Memorial ID 11717497

Actress. She typically played "tough broads" in Hollywood films, memorably in the pre-Code musical "Murder at the Vanities" (1934), in which she sang "Sweet Marijuana". Her role as Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, in Cecil B. DeMille's "Cleopatra" (1934) was essentially the same but in Roman costume. Michael also appeared as the adventurous title character in "The Notorious Sophie Lang" (1934), "The Return of Sophie Lang" (1936), and "Sophie Lang Goes West" (1937), and for a time it seemed that a women's prison picture couldn't be made without her. Her other films include "I'm No Angel" (as Mae West's adversary, 1933), "Bolero" (1934), "Woman Trap" (1936), "Hidden Power" (1939), "Behind Prison Walls" (1943), "Women in Bondage" (1944), "Flamingo Road" (1949), "Caged" (1950), "Women's Prison" (1955), and "Twist All Night" (1962). Lillian Gertrude Michael was born in Talladega, Alabama. A piano prodigy, she dropped out of college at 18 to pursue acting and made her screen debut in "Wayward" (1932). She never married, though she was briefly engaged to director Rouben Mamoulian and allegedly had affairs with her childhood hero, composer George Gershwin, actors Buster Crabbe and John Lodge, and pulp writer Paul Cain, who portrayed her unflatteringly in his novel "Fast One" (1936). Her career was hampered by alcoholism and she died at 54.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 9 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11717497
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude Michael (1 Jun 1910–31 Dec 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11717497, citing Chapel Of The Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .