Wynne Gibson

Active - 1929 - 1943  |   Born - Jul 3, 1905   |   Died - May 15, 1987   |   Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Wynne Gibson ran away from home at the age of 15, almost immediately securing work as a chorus girl. She went the vaudeville-stock-Broadway route before making her talking-picture bow in the 1929 film version of Nothing But the Truth. Gibson spent the first half of the 1930s under contract to Paramount, where she played golden-hearted sporting ladies, slinky "other women" and occasional murderesses. Film buffs will instantly recall Gibson as the waterfront prostitute in If I Had a Million (1932), who, upon being given a million-dollar check, immediately rents a lavish hotel room, where she spends her first night in bed alone--but not before disdainfully removing her stockings. Her career in eclipse in the 1940s, Gibson accepted a few lower-paying assignments in such "B"s as The Falcon Strike Back (1942) before retiring from films altogether in 1943. Wynne Gibson then embarked on a long career as an actor's agent, occasionally accepting TV and radio roles and serving as the chairperson of New York's Equity Library Theatre.

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