Kay Francis

Kay Francis
1905 - 1968
Kay Francis  American Actress

Kay Francis dating history


Kay Francis was previously married to Kenneth MacKenna (1931 - 1933), John Meehan (1929 - 1931), James Dwight Francis (1922 - 1925) and William "Big Bill" Gaston.

Kay Francis was in relationships with Joel Ashley (1951), Ivan Goff (1941 - 1942), Eric Barnekow (1937 - 1939), Delmer Daves (1936), Fritz Lang (1936), Roger Pryor (1935 - 1936), Maurice Chevalier (1934), Herbert Marshall (1932), Roland Young (1931 - 1932), Walter Huston (1929 - 1930), Richard Arlen (1929), Joseph Taylor, Carrington Clark, Bill Kroger, Katty Stewart, Ed Davis and Lee Tracy.

Kay Francis had an encounter with Otto Preminger.


American Actress Kay Francis was born Katherine Edwina Gibbs on 13th January, 1905 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA and passed away on 26th Aug 1968 New York, New York USA aged 63. She is most remembered for Trouble in Paradise. 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 Jewel Robbery (1932).

Kay Francis is a member of the following lists: American film actors, American stage actors and Cancer deaths in New York.


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Relationship Statistics

Married4 4 years 2 years, 3 months -
Dating17 2 years 3 months, 27 days 28 days
Encounter1 - - -
Total22 4 years 8 months, 1 day 28 days


First Name Kay
Middle Name Edwina
Last Name Francis
Full Name at Birth Katherine Edwina Gibbs
Alternative Name Katherine Edwina Gibbs, Katherine Gibbs, Kay Francis
Birthday 13th January, 1905
Birthplace Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Died 26th August, 1968
Place of Death New York, New York USA
Cause of Death Breast Cancer
Buried Cremated, Ashes scattered
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 Bisexual
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, 1925–1951
Official Websites www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/kay_francis, www.allmovie.com/artist/kay-francis-p90321
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

Katherine Edwina "Kay" Francis (née Gibbs, 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 and highest-paid actress at Warner Bros. studio.

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Kay Francis63 CapricornActress
Joel Ashley81 AriesActor
Ivan Goff89 AriesScreenwriter
Eric Barnekow44 Pisces
Fritz Lang85 SagittariusDirector
Delmer Daves73 LeoDirector
Roger Pryor71 VirgoActor
Maurice Chevalier83 VirgoActor
Herbert Marshall75 GeminiActor
Kenneth MacKenna62 LeoActor
Roland Young65 ScorpioActor
Walter Huston67 AriesActor
Richard Arlen76 VirgoActor
John Meehan64 TaurusScreenwriter
James Dwight Francis91 CapricornBusiness
Ed Davis71 Cancer
Otto Preminger79 SagittariusDirector
Lee Tracy70 AriesActor
Joseph Taylor80 CapricornComposer
Carrington Clark-
Bill Kroger-
William "Big Bill" Gaston74 ScorpioSocialite
Katty Stewart-
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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 Underworld1939Carole NelsonMovie
Women in the Wind1939Janet SteeleMovie
Comet Over Broadway1938Eve AppletonMovie
My Bill1938Mary ColbrookMovie
Secrets of an Actress1938Fay CarterMovie
Women Are Like That1938Claire LandinMovie
Another Dawn1937Julia Ashton WisterMovie
Confession1937Vera KowalskaMovie
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 Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie LangMovie
Wonder Bar1934Liane RenaudMovie
Dr. Monica1934Dr. Monica BradenMovie
Storm at Daybreak1933Irina RadovicMovie
I Loved a Woman1933Laura McDonaldMovie
Mary Stevens, M.D.1933Mary StevensMovie
The House on 56th Street1933PeggyMovie
The Keyhole1933Anne Vallee BrooksMovie
Cynara1932Clemency WarlockMovie
Jewel Robbery1932Baroness TeriMovie
One Way Passage1932Joan AmesMovie
Street of Women1932Natalie 'Nat' UptonMovie
Trouble in Paradise1932Mariette 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 - Epsiode 'The Toreador'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
The Cocoanuts1929Penelope MartinMovie
Dangerous Curves1929Zara FlynnMovie
Gentlemen of the Press1929Myra May (as Katherine Francis)Movie
Illusion1929Zelda PaxtonMovie
The Marriage Playground1929Lady WrenchMovie
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wjerryzwjerryzMar 14

You’re wish is my command

wjerryzwjerryzNov 13, 2023

I wished I would have been one of those lucky persons

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wjerryzwjerryzMar 10, 2018

Kay is positively beautiful

wjerryzwjerryzApr 19, 2017

Once you've seen her face ,you'll never forget her.

wjerryzwjerryzJan 13, 2016

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!!!

ziegfeldgirl1941ziegfeldgirl1941May 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.

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