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Frances Tannehill

Performer
( b. circa 1923 - d. Aug 05, 2013 Manhattan, New York, USA ) Female
Relations: Daughter of Frank Tannehill
Wife of Alexander Clark, Jr. (1945-1995) his death
Tannehill was an actress and lifelong New Yorker. She was known for her stunning looks as well as her talents as a dramatic and comedic actress, Ms. Tannehill started her Broadway career at age 8 in the play Purity. She attended Professional Children's School in Manhattan, which enabled her to perform and keep up with her studies while touring. Ms. Tannehill was cast in Cole Porter's 1938 Broadway musical Leave it to Me, starring Mary Martin, Sophie Tucker and Gene Kelly. In 1940, she appeared on Broadway in Keep off the Grass, choreographed by George Balanchine and starring Jimmy Durante, Ray Bolger, and Jane Froman. At age 19, Ms. Tannehill met actor Alexander Clark during the Broadway revival of Counsellor-at-Law, starring Paul Muni. They married in 1945 and honeymooned in Europe on a six month tour with the USO. They remained married for fifty years.

Her father, Frank Tannehill Jr. was an actor, playwright and lyricist. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tannehill performed throughout the U.S. In 1857, they were part of the ensemble company at Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre. John Wilkes Booth joined the company that year. For over 25 years, Ms. Tannehill created and performed one woman shows recounting her own theatrical experiences and those of other notable people in the arts. Since 1995, she was President of Twelfth Night Club, Inc.; the oldest extant club for women of the theatre in the U.S. She will be remembered with love and admiration for her bright mind, her vibrant charm, her beautiful voice and wonderful theatre recollections.

Source: New York Times obituary.



Productions Date of Productions
Not for Children
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Pensacola Crawford]
Feb 13, 1951 - Feb 17, 1951
The First Mrs. Fraser
[Play, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Frances Tannehill [Elsie Fraser]
Nov 05, 1947 - Dec 09, 1947
Good Morning Corporal
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Helen Moore]
Aug 08, 1944 - Aug 18, 1944
Right Next to Broadway
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Dotty]
Feb 21, 1944 - Mar 04, 1944
Murder Without Crime
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Grena]
Aug 18, 1943 - Sep 18, 1943
Counsellor-at-Law
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Lillian Larue]
Nov 24, 1942 - Jul 10, 1943
Heart of a City
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Valerie]
Feb 12, 1942 - Mar 07, 1942
Anne of England
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Anne, Lady Sutherland]
Oct 07, 1941 - Oct 11, 1941
Keep Off the Grass
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Park Stroller, Bird Lover, The Morelli Singers]
May 23, 1940 - Jun 29, 1940
Leave It to Me!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Guest]
Nov 09, 1938 - Jul 15, 1939
Field of Ermine
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Beatriz]
Feb 08, 1935 - Feb 1935
Dodsworth
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Tourist's Wife]
Feb 24, 1934 - Jun 30, 1934
Music in the Air
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Edendorf Child]
Nov 08, 1932 - Sep 16, 1933
The Lingering Past
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Nancy Gardner]
Jun 29, 1932 - Jul 1932
The Inside Story
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Evelyn Beekman]
Feb 22, 1932 - Mar 1932
The Roof
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [Brye]
Oct 30, 1931 - Nov 1931
Purity
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Frances Tannehill [A Little Girl]
Dec 25, 1930 - Jan 1931
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