Born Clara Lou Sheridan in Denton, Texas, she was a college student when her sister sent a photograph of her to Paramount Studios. She subsequently entered and won a beauty contest, with part of her prize being a bit part in a Paramount film. She abandoned college to pursue a career in Hollywood. She made her film debut in 1934 in the film Search For Beauty and played uncredited bit parts in Paramount films for the next two years. Paramount made little effort to develop her talent so she left, signing a contract with Warner Brothers in 1936 and changing her name to Ann Sheridan.
Her career prospects began to improve and tagged The Oomph Girl, Sheridan had become a popular pin-up girl by the early forties.
She received substantial roles and positive reaction from critics and moviegoers in such films as Angels With Dirty Faces (1938 opposite James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart), Dodge City (1939 opposite Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland), Torrid Zone and They Drive By Night ( both 1940), The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942 opposite Bette Davis) and Kings Row (1942 where she received top billing playing opposite Ronald Reagan, Robert Cummings and Betty Field). Despite these successes, her career began to decline. Her role in I Was A Male War Bride (1949) gave her another success but by the fifties she was struggling to find work and her film roles were sporadic.
She appeared in the television soap opera Another World during the mid sixties, and then started a role in the television series Pistols and Petticoats. She became ill during the filming of the first season, and died from esophageal and liver cancer in Woodland Hills, California.
Sheridan was married four times, including a marriage lasting one year to the actor George Brent. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Boulevard.
Ann Sheridan Facts
|Birth Name||Clara Lou Sheridan|
|Birthday||February 21, 1915|
|Birthplace||Denton, Texas, USA|
|Date of death||January 21, 1967 (age 51)|
|Height||5' 5½" (1m66) How tall is Ann Sheridan compared to you?|
|I Was a Male War Bride (1949)|
|The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)|
|Nora Prentis (1947)|
|Kings Row (1942)|
|They Drive by Night (1940)|
|Dodge City (1939)|
|Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)|