Kay Francis

Kay Francis
1905 - 1968

Kay Francis  American Actress


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Kay Francis passed away on 26th Aug 1968 aged 63.


Kay Francis was previously married to Kenneth MacKenna (1931 - 1933), James Dwight Francis (1922 - 1925), William "Big Bill" Gaston and John Meehan.

She was in relationships with Eric Barnekow (1937 - 1939), Delmer Daves (1936), Fritz Lang (1936), Walter Huston (1932), Richard Arlen (1929), William Gaston, Carrington Clark, Bill Kroger, Katty Stewart, Ed Davis, Ivan Goff, Lee Tracy, Joel Ashley, Roger Pryor, Joseph Taylor and Roland Young.

Kay Francis had encounters with Herbert Marshall, Maurice Chevalier and Otto Preminger.


American Actress Kay Francis passed away on 26th Aug 1968 New York, New York aged 63. Born Katherine Edwina Gibbs on 13th January, 1905 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and educated at Cathedral School of Saint Mary (1920), Kay Francis is most remembered for Trouble in Paradise in a career that spanned 1925–1948. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Kay Francis was in 4 on-screen matchups, including George Brent in Living on Velvet (1935), Joel McCrea in Girls About Town (1931), Ronald Colman in Raffles (1930) and William Powell in Behind the Make-Up (1930).

Kay Francis is a member of the following lists: People with a speech impediment, Actresses from Oklahoma and 20th-century American actresses.


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Relationship Statistics

Married4 3 years 1 year, 3 months -
Dating16 88 years, 10 months 21 years 2 years
Encounter3 - - -
Total23 88 years, 10 months 15 years, 10 months 2 years


First Name Kay
Middle Name Edwina
Last Name Francis
Full Name at Birth Katherine Edwina Gibbs
Age 63 (age at death) years
Birthday 13th January, 1905
Birthplace Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died 26th August, 1968
Place of Death New York, New York
Cause of Death Breast Cancer
Height 5' 9" (175 cm)
Build Slim
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Distinctive Feature She had a slight speech impediment
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Cathedral School of Saint Mary (1920)
Occupation Text Actress
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Trouble in Paradise
Year(s) Active 1925–1948
Official Websites www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10402978
Father Joseph Sprague Gibbs
Mother Katharine Clinton Franks
Friend Carole Landis, Lilyan Tashman, Miriam Hopkins, Jean Howard, Reginald Gardiner, Marsha Hunt, Clifton Webb, Ruth Chatterton, Jessica Barthelmess, Elsa Maxwell, Constance Bennett, Van Johnson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Grace Moore, Noel Coward, Kitty Miller, Red Skelton, Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney

Kay Francis (January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio and the highest-paid American film actress. Some of her film-related material and personal papers are available to scholars and researchers in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.

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Kay Francis63 CapricornActress
Eric Barnekow44 Pisces
Delmer Daves73 LeoDirector
Fritz Lang85 SagittariusDirector
Walter Huston67 AriesActor
Kenneth MacKenna62 LeoActor
Richard Arlen76 VirgoActor
James Dwight Francis91 CapricornBusiness
William Gaston73 LibraPolitician
Maurice Chevalier83 VirgoActor
Carrington Clark-
Bill Kroger-
William "Big Bill" Gaston74 ScorpioSocialite
John Meehan64 TaurusScreenwriter
Katty Stewart-
Ed Davis64 Cancer
Ivan Goff89 AriesScreenwriter
Lee Tracy70 AriesActor
Joel Ashley81 AriesActor
Otto Preminger79 SagittariusDirector
Roger Pryor71 VirgoActor
Joseph Taylor80 CapricornComposer
Roland Young65 ScorpioActor
Herbert Marshall75 GeminiActor
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Lux Video Theatre1950AliceTV Show
The Prudential Family Playhouse1950Dorothy HiltonTV Show
Wife Wanted1946Carole RaymondMovie
Divorce1945Dianne CarterMovie
Allotment Wives1945Sheila SeymourMovie
Four Jills in a Jeep1944Kay FrancisMovie
Always in My Heart1942Marjorie ScottMovie
Between Us Girls1942Christine 'Chris' BishopMovie
Charley's Aunt1941Donna Lucia d'AlvadorezMovie
Play Girl1941Grace HerbertMovie
The Feminine Touch1941Nellie WoodsMovie
The Man Who Lost Himself1941Adrienne ScottMovie
It's a Date1940Georgia DrakeMovie
Little Men1940JoMovie
When the Daltons Rode1940Julie KingMovie
In Name Only1939Maida WalkerMovie
King of the Underworld1939Carol NelsonMovie
Women in the Wind1939Janet SteeleMovie
Comet Over Broadway1938Eve AppletonMovie
My Bill1938Mary ColbrookMovie
Secrets of an Actress1938Fay CarterMovie
Women Are Like That1938Claire LandinMovie
Breakdowns of 19381938Lady Chase-Wayne, Claire Landin (First Lady, Women Are Like That outtakes) (uncredited)Short Film
Another Dawn1937Julia Ashton WisterMovie
First Lady1937Lucy Chase WayneMovie
Stolen Holiday1937Nicole PicotMovie
The White Angel1936Florence 'Flo' NightingaleMovie
Give Me Your Heart1936Belinda WarrenMovie
I Found Stella Parish1935Stella ParishMovie
Living on Velvet1935Amy PrentissMovie
Stranded1935Lynn PalmerMovie
The Goose and the Gander1935GeorgianaMovie
British Agent1934Elena MouraMovie
Mandalay1934Tanya BorodoffMovie
Wonder Bar1934LianeMovie
Dr. Monica1934Dr. MonicaMovie
Storm at Daybreak1933Irina RadovicMovie
I Loved a Woman1933Laura McDonaldMovie
Mary Stevens, M.D.1933Mary StevensMovie
The House on 56th Street1933Peggy MartinMovie
The Keyhole1933AnneMovie
Cynara1932Clemency WarlockMovie
Jewel Robbery1932Baroness TeriMovie
One Way Passage1932Joan AmesMovie
Street of Women1932Natalie 'Nat' UptonMovie
Trouble in Paradise1932Madame Mariette ColetMovie
Man Wanted1932Lois AmesMovie
Strangers in Love1932Diana MerrowMovie
Girls About Town1931Wanda HowardMovie
24 Hours1931Fanny TownerMovie
Guilty Hands1931Marjorie WestMovie
Ladies' Man1931Norma PageMovie
Scandal Sheet1931Edith FlintMovie
The Vice Squad1931Alice MorrisonMovie
The False Madonna1931TinaMovie
Transgression1931Elsie MauryMovie
Behind the Make-Up1930Kitty ParkerMovie
Paramount on Parade1930Carmen (Isadore the Toreador), Party Girl (Impulses)Movie
Passion Flower1930Dulce MoradoMovie
Street of Chance1930Alma MarsdenMovie
A Notorious Affair1930Countess Olga BalakireffMovie
For the Defense1930Irene MannersMovie
Let's Go Native1930Constance CookMovie
The Virtuous Sin1930Marya Ivanova SablinMovie
Galas de la Paramount1930Carmen - Epsiode 'The Toreador'Movie
The Cocoanuts1929PenelopeMovie
Dangerous Curves1929Zara FlynnMovie
Gentlemen of the Press1929Myra May (as Katherine Francis)Movie
Illusion1929Zelda PaxtonMovie
The Marriage Playground1929Lady WrenchMovie
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Posted commentsView all comments (7)

wjerryzJan 13

Kay is one of the most beautiful and charming actresses in Hollywood. I love all her movies. She is BEAUTIFUL

Michele MaragniMay 23, 2009

Wanted Kay francis movies, VHS only! Would also like to join a Kay Francis Fan Club! Michele

michele maragniMay 23, 2009

Wanted- Kay Francis movies in VHS only!!!

ziegfeldgirl1941May 14, 2009

Thanks for the mentioning her biography! I have been interested in reading it but wasn`t sure if it was any good (as in accurate or well written). I love Kay Francis! I have watched most of the films TCM showed in September when she was Star of the Month. If you want a weepy, melodramtic, crisis filled or scandalous movie, Kay is your girl. Robert Osborne said that people loved watching her get into trouble and pull herself back up.

steveOct 22, 2008

I just today finished the wonderful biography called "I Can`t wait To Be Forgotten" about this beautiful,classy and very great star of the 30`s and 40`s. It`s great book and heartily recommended. There is no mention of Raft anywhere as far as a relationship goes so I suggest his name be taken down. He was the farthest thing in a man Miss Francis would look for.She was interested in "gentlemen" and Raft was far from that. For those who don`t know Kay was the biggest and highest paid star at Warner Brothers in the 30`s,deservedly so. What a gorgeous,talented and generous lady. They don`t make em like Kay anymore.e

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