Genevieve Tobin

Infobox actor
bgcolour = silver
name = Genevieve Tobin

imagesize = 200px
caption = from the trailer for the film "The Petrified Forest" (1936).
birthdate = birth date|1899|11|29
location = New York, New York, USA
deathdate = dda|1995|7|21|1899|11|29
deathplace = California, California, USA
spouse = William Keighley
(1938-1994) (his death)

Genevieve Tobin (November 29, 1899 – July 21, 1995) was an American actress.

The daughter of a vaudeville performer, Tobin made her film debut in 1910 in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as Eva. She appeared in a few films as child, and formed a double act with her sister Vivian. Their brother, George, also had a brief acting career. Following her education in Paris and New York, Tobin concentrated on a stage career in New York. Although she was seen most often in comedies, she also played the role of Cordelia in a Broadway production of "King Lear" in 1923. Popular with audiences, she was often praised by critics for her appearance and style rather than for her talent, however in 1929 she achieved a significant success in the play "Fifty Million Frenchmen". She introduced and popularized the Cole Porter song "You Do Something to Me" and the success of the role led her back to Hollywood, where she performed regularly in comedy films from the early 1930s.

She played prominent supporting roles opposite such performers as Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Joan Blondell and Kay Francis, but occasionally played starring roles, in films such as "Golden Harvest" (1933) and "Easy to Love" (1934). In 1935 she played secretary Della Street to Warren William's Perry Mason in "The Case of the Lucky Legs". One of her most successful performances was as a bored housewife in the drama "The Petrified Forest" (1936) opposite Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

She married the director William Keighley in 1938 and made only a couple more films; her final film before her retirement was "No Time for Comedy" (1940) with James Stewart and Rosalind Russell.


*Chaneles, Sol; Albert Wolsky (1974). The Movie Makers. Octopus Books, p 97. ISBN 0-7064-0387-8.
* [ "The New York Times" - Movies, accessed June 8, 2007]

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* [ Photographs of Genevieve Tobin]

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