Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cecilia Parker

Canadian-born Cecilia Parker, daughter of a British army officer, moved with her family to Hollywood when she was a child. 

After graduation from high school she got a job as an extra. She did extra work for about a year before she was noticed by Fox executives, who signed her to a contract in 1931. 

Her career went along steadily if not spectacularly until 1937, when she was signed by MGM to play the older sister of Mickey Rooney in the "Andy Hardy" series. 

Although she had worked in everything from westerns to jungle serials, it's this part that people remember her for. She must have given MGM some trouble at one point, because in 1941 she was "loaned" (exiled is probably a better word) to ultra-low-rent studio PRC for one picture, a fate that usually befell actors who displeased the higher-ups at the studios. 

All was apparently forgiven, though, as she made five more pictures at MGM before she retired in 1942. She returned in 1958 for one final Andy Hardy film, but then went back to the real estate business she and her husband operated in Ventura, California, where she died in 1993.

 1984American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Howard
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1984) ... Mrs. Howard
 1942Seven Sweethearts
Victor Van Maaster
 1942Grand Central Murder
Constance Furness
 1937Sweetheart of the Navy
Joan Whitney
 1937Girl Loves Boy
Dorothy McCarthy
 1936Old Hutch
Irene Hutchins
 1936In His Steps
Ruth Brewster
 1936The Mine with the Iron Door
Marta Hill
 1936Three Live Ghosts
Ann Gordon
 1935Naughty Marietta
 1935Enter Madame!
Aline Chalmers
 1934High School Girl
Beth Andrews
 1934Here Is My Heart
Suzette - the Maid
 1934The Painted Veil
 1934I Hate Women
 1934The Man Trailer
Sally Ryan
 1934An Old Gypsy Custom (Short) 
 1933Gun Justice
Ray Marsh
 1933Frozen Assets (Short) 
 1933Secret Sinners
Margie Dodd
 1933His Weak Moment (Short) 
 1933The Trail Drive
 1933Rainbow Ranch
Molly Burke
 1933The Fugitive
Georgia Stevens
 1933Damaged Lives
 1933Unknown Valley
Sheila O'Neill
 1932Tombstone Canyon
Jenny Lee (as Cecelia Parker)
 1932The Lost Special
Betty Moore
 1932Mystery Ranch
Jane Emory
 1932She Wanted a Millionaire
Miss Hollywood (uncredited)
 1932The Gay Caballero
Young Woman (uncredited)
Maid (uncredited)
 1931Young as You Feel
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1931Women of All Nations
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1930A Lady's Morals
First Siamese Twin (uncredited)
 1930The Unholy Three
First Siamese Twin (uncredited)
 1930King of Jazz
Chorine (uncredited)

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