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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Place of Death
New York, New York
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Trouble in Paradise
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
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Actress who, at the height of her fame under contract to Warner Brothers, was on par with Bette Davis.
In 1966 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, but the cancer had spread and proved fatal.
Having no immediate survivors, Francis left over $1,000,000 to a company, Seeing Eye, Inc., which trained guide dogs for the blind
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Cathedral School of Saint Mary (1920)
Full Name at Birth
Katherine Edwina Gibbs
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She had a slight speech impediment
Joseph Sprague Gibbs
Katharine Clinton Franks
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: I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten (Scott O'Brien), Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career (Lynn Kear; John Rossman), The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances (lynn kear), a Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 (Jeanine Basinger), Ginger, Loretta and Irene Who? (George eels), The Power of Glamour: The Women Who Defined the Magic of Stardom (Annette Tapert), Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood (Mick LaSalle), Hollywood Beauties (James R Parish), Hollywood Divas : The Good, The Bad, and The Fabulous (James R Parish), The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, With Filmographies for Each  (Daniel Bubbeo)
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 Francis died on 26th August, 1968. Her last relationship was with Eric Barnekow.
During her life she was married to Kenneth MacKenna from 1931 to 1933 and James Dwight Francis from 1922 to 1925.
She also dated Eric Barnekow from 1937 to 1939, Delmer Daves in 1936, Fritz Lang in 1936, Walter Huston in 1932, Richard Arlen in 1929, Roger Pryor, Lee Tracy, Roland Young, Maurice Chevalier, John Meehan, Ed Davis, Ivan Goff, Joel Ashley, Joseph Taylor, Carrington Clark, Bill Kroger, William "Big Bill" Gaston, Katty Stewart, Otto Preminger and Herbert Marshall.
Kay Francis was rumored to have hooked up with William Gaston.
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