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DiedMay 9, 1998, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
SpousePhil Harris, Tony Martin
MarkOften starred in films with 'Carmen Miranda'
FactWas considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Alice Faye was born Alice Jeanne Leppert on May 5, 1915, in New York City. Her parents were vaudeville performers, and she made her stage debut at the age of three. Faye appeared in a number of Broadway shows as a child, and her big break came when she was cast in the 1934 film version of George M. Cohan’s musical “Little Johnny Jones.”

Faye’s career took off in the 1930s and 1940s, when she appeared in a string of hit films including “In Old Chicago,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “The Gang’s All Here.” She also became known for her singing voice, and recorded a number of popular songs including “You’ll Never Know” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.”

Faye’s personal life was often tumultuous. She was married and divorced four times, and had a highly publicized affair with actor Tyrone Power. She also had a daughter, Alice, with her third husband, bandleader Phil Harris.

In the later years of her life, Faye largely retired from acting. She made a few cameo appearances in films and television shows, but her last major role was in the 1980 film “Can’t Stop the Music.” Faye died of natural causes on May 9, 1998, at the age of 83.

At the height of her career, Alice Faye was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. She was known for her beauty, her singing voice, and her ability to play both comedic and dramatic roles. Faye’s career spanned more than four decades, and she appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 1930s and 1940s.

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Full NameAlice Faye
DiedMay 9, 1998, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Height1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Singer


SpousePhil Harris, Tony Martin
ChildrenPhyllis Harris, Alice Harris
ParentsCharles Leppert, Alice Moffit Leppert
SiblingsCharles Faye


MoviesIn Old Chicago, Hello, Frisco, Hello, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Rose of Washington Square, The Gang's All Here, That Night in Rio, Fallen Angel, Week-End in Havana, Tin Pan Alley, Lillian Russell, Hollywood Cavalcade, Poor Little Rich Girl, On the Avenue, Stowaway, The Great American Broadcast, You ...

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#Marks / Signs
1Often played gritty, no-nonsense ladies
2Sexy, contralto voice
3Often starred in films with 'Carmen Miranda'
4Blonde hair and blue eyes


1[In a 1982 interview] We were in the studio from seven in the morning till whatever time they released us. We had so much fun together; we were just like a bunch of kids - we WERE kids! I didn't have a favorite leading man. I loved them all!
2[on Lux Radio Theatre] The way it went was Lux Soap had a deal with different actresses - I was one - and then they gave you all this publicity - you know. 'So-and-so uses Lux Soap, blah-blah-blah...' and you'd have to do so many Lux shows. They'd ask you if you wanted to do certain ones. I enjoyed doing those shows.
3[on Henry King] He was kind of special. I loved him very much.
4[on Tyrone Power] He was the best looking thing I've ever seen in my life. Kissing him was like dying and going to heaven.
5[on Shirley Temple] She was a nice kid, with a really wonderful mother and father. We all liked her. But she was brilliant. She knew everyone's dialogue and, if you forgot a line, she gave it to you. We all hated her for that.
6Six films I made with Don Ameche and, in every one of them, my voice was deeper than the plot.


1She referred to her home studio as "Penitentiary Fox.".
2Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
3She was friends with: Don Ameche, Cesar Romero, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Dean Martin, Betty Hutton, Lynn Bari, Billie Dove, Diana Powell, Jerry Vale,and Marilyn Maxwell.
4She was a lifelong Democrat who was active in both the Hollywood Anit-Nazi League and the Hollywood Democratic Committee.
5Daughter Alice Harris, born May 19, 1942.
6Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 199-200. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
7Daughter Phyllis Harris born by Caesarian section April 26, 1944.
8She remained quite good friends with her Fox rival and successor, Betty Grable, up until Betty's death of cancer in 1973.
9She introduced almost twice as many 'Hit Parade' songs in her movies (23) as each of her closest competitors: Judy Garland (13), Betty Grable (12) and Doris Day (12).
10Feeling she had given one of the best dramatic performances of her career, Faye was so upset by Darryl F. Zanuck's editing hack job on her last film, Fallen Angel (1945), that she literally walked away from the studio and didn't return for 16 years.
11Interred at Forest Lawn Mausoleum, Cathedral City, California, USA (near Palm Springs) with her husband, Phil Harris.
12Made herself 3 years older when auditioning as a chorus girl in New York in 1928. Some sources even claim that she was born in 1909. A short biography included on the DVD of On the Avenue (1937) states that she was 12 years old in 1927, and did indeed lie about her age in 1928.




Michael Feinstein's American Songbook2010TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentary performer: "Boa Noite Good-Night" - uncredited
Yes Man2008performer: "Yes To You"
Warm Springs2005TV Movie performer: "I'll See You In My Dreams"
American Masters1999TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentary performer: "But Definitely" uncredited, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" uncredited, "Now It Can Be Told" uncredited, "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" uncredited, "Rose of Washington Square" uncredited, "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" uncredited, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "K-K-K-Katy" uncredited, "He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under To Fix Up His Automobile"
The Magic of Lassie1978performer: "A Rose Is Not A Rose", "A Rose is Not a Rose"
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore1974performer: "You'll Never Know" 1943
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV Special performer: "You're the Cream in My Coffee"
Myra Breckinridge1970performer: "America, I Love You" - uncredited
The Dean Martin Show1968TV Series performer - 2 episodes
State Fair1962performer: "Our State Fair", "Never Say No To A Man", "The Little Things In Texas"
Beloved Infidel1959performer: "Boa Noite Good-Night" - uncredited
Four Jills in a Jeep1944performer: "You'll Never Know" - uncredited
The Gang's All Here1943performer: "You Discover You're in New York", "Soft Winds", "A Journey to a Star", "No Love, No Nothin'", "The Polka Dot Polka" - uncredited
Hello Frisco, Hello1943performer: "Hello, Frisco!" uncredited, "By the Watermelon Vine Lindy Lou" uncredited, "You'll Never Know", "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" uncredited, "Sweet Cider Time, When You Were Mine" uncredited, "The Dance of the Grizzly Bear" uncredited, "It's Tulip Time in Holland" uncredited, "They Always Pick on Me" uncredited, "Bedelia" uncredited, "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" uncredited, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" uncredited
Week-End in Havana1941"Tropical Magic", uncredited / performer: "Romance and Rhumba", "The Ñango Nyango" - uncredited
The Great American Broadcast1941performer: "I Take to You", "It's All in a Lifetime", "Long Ago Last Night", "Run, Little Raindrop, Run", "Where You Are"
That Night in Rio1941performer: "They Met in Rio A Midnight Serenade", "Boa Noite Good-Night" - uncredited
Tin Pan Alley1940"You Say The Sweetest Things Baby" 1940, "He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under To Fix Up His Automobile" 1913, uncredited / performer: "You Say The Sweetest Things Baby" 1940, "America, I Love You" 1915, "K-K-K-Katy" 1918, "Moonlight Bay" 1912, "The Sheik of Araby" 1921 uncredited
Lillian Russell1940performer: "Adored One" 1940, "Blue Lovebird" 1940, "Comin' Thro' the Rye" uncredited, "Brighten the Corner Where You Are" 1913 uncredited, "The Band Played On" 1895 uncredited, "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" 1902 uncredited, "Ma Blushin' Rosie" 1900 uncredited, "After the Ball" 1892 uncredited
Little Old New York1940performer: "Who Is the Beau of the Belle Of New York" 1940 - uncredited
Barricade1939"There'll Be Other Nights" 1939, uncredited
Rose of Washington Square1939performer: "Rose of Washington Square", "The Vamp" uncredited, "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" uncredited, "Ja-Da" uncredited, "I'm Just Wild About Harry" uncredited, "The Curse of an Aching Heart" uncredited, "I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak", "My Man"
Tail Spin1939performer: "Are You in the Mood for Mischief?"
Alexander's Ragtime Band1938"Alexander's Ragtime Band" 1911, "Now It Can Be Told" 1938, uncredited / performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band" 1911, "That International Rag" 1913, "Everybody's Doin' It Now" 1911, "This Is the Life" 1914, "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" 1912, "Blue Skies" 1927, "Remember" 1925, "All Alone" 1924 - uncredited
Sally, Irene and Mary1938performer: "Got My Mind on Music", "Half Moon on the Hudson" - uncredited
In Old Chicago1937performer: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" 1878, "In Old Chicago" 1937, "I'll Never Let You Cry" 1937 - uncredited
You're a Sweetheart1937performer: "You're a Sweetheart"
Wake Up and Live1937performer: "There's a Lull in My Life", "Wake Up and Live"
You Can't Have Everything1937"Afraid to Dream" 1937, uncredited / performer: "You Can't Have Everything" 1937, "Danger, Love at Work" 1937, "Please Pardon Us, We're in Love" 1937 - uncredited
On the Avenue1937performer: "He Ain't Got Rhythm" 1937, "This Year's Kisses" 1937, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" 1937, "Slumming on Park Avenue" 1937 - uncredited
Stowaway1936performer: "Goodnight, My Love" 1936, "One Never Knows, Does One?" 1936
Sing, Baby, Sing1936performer: "Sing, Baby, Sing", "You Turned the Tables on Me"
Poor Little Rich Girl1936performer: "When I'm with You" 1936, "You've Gotta Eat Your Spinach, Baby" 1936, "But Definitely" 1936, "Military Man" 1936 - uncredited
King of Burlesque1936"Shooting High" 1935, "Whose Big Baby Are You?" 1935 / music: "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 - uncredited / performer: "Shooting High" 1935, "Whose Big Baby Are You?" 1935, "Spreading Rhythm Around" 1935, "I Love to Ride the Horses on a Merry-Go-Round", "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 uncredited
Music Is Magic1935performer: "Honey Chile", "Love is Smiling at Me", "Music is Magic", "La Locumba"
Every Night at Eight1935performer: "Take It Easy", "Song Medley", "Every Night at Eight", "I Feel a Song Coming On" - uncredited
George White's 1935 Scandals1935"According to the Moonlight" 1935, "It's an Old Southern Custom" 1935, uncredited / performer: "According to the Moonlight" 1935, "It's an Old Southern Custom" 1935, "Oh, I Didn't Know" 1935, "Hunkadola" 1935, "O Sole Mio" 1898, "You Belong to Me" 1935 - uncredited
365 Nights in Hollywood1934performer: "Give Him Love", " I'd Like to Say Yes to You", "My Future Star"
She Learned About Sailors1934performer: "Here's the Key to My Heart"
George White's Scandals1934performer: "Nasty Man", "Sweet and Simple", "Hold My Hand", "My Dog Loves Your Dog"


The Love Boat1980TV SeriesBetty Layton
Every Girl Should Have One1978Kathy
The Magic of Lassie1978The Waitress (Alice)
People Are Talking with Ann Fraser and Ross McGowan1978TV SeriesGuest
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Secretary at Gate
The Red Skelton Hour1963TV SeriesMrs. Cavendish
State Fair1962Melissa Frake
All Star Revue1953TV SeriesGuest
Fallen Angel1945June Mills
Four Jills in a Jeep1944Alice Faye
The Gang's All Here1943Edie Allen
Hello Frisco, Hello1943Trudy Evans
Week-End in Havana1941Nan Spencer
The Great American Broadcast1941Vicki Adams
That Night in Rio1941Baroness
Tin Pan Alley1940Katie Blane
Lillian Russell1940Lillian Russell
Little Old New York1940Pat O'Day
Barricade1939Emmy Jordan
Hollywood Cavalcade1939Molly Adair
Rose of Washington Square1939Rose Sargent
Tail Spin1939Trixie Lee
Alexander's Ragtime Band1938Stella Kirby
Sally, Irene and Mary1938Sally Day
In Old Chicago1937Belle Fawcett
You're a Sweetheart1937Betty Bradley
Wake Up and Live1937Alice Huntley
You Can't Have Everything1937Judith Poe Wells
On the Avenue1937Mona Merrick
Stowaway1936Susan Parker
Sing, Baby, Sing1936Joan Warren
Poor Little Rich Girl1936Jerry Dolan
King of Burlesque1936Pat Doran
Music Is Magic1935Peggy Harper
Every Night at Eight1935Dixie Foley / Dixie Dean
George White's 1935 Scandals1935Honey
365 Nights in Hollywood1934Alice Perkins
She Learned About Sailors1934Jean Legoi
Now I'll Tell1934Peggy Warren
George White's Scandals1934Kitty Donnelly / Mona Vale


Biography1996TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode


Biography1995-1999TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business1995DocumentaryHerself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHerself
Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling1993TV MovieHerself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHerself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
Great Performances1986TV SeriesHerself
We Still Are!1985Documentary shortHerself
This Is Your Life1984TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS Early Morning News1984TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Bob Monkhouse Show1983TV SeriesHerself
Looks Familiar1983TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show1966-1968TV SeriesHerself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1967TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Jack Paar Program1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1962TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1957-1958TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hawaii in Hollywood1948ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood1940Documentary shortHerself - Rodeo Parade Participant
20th Century Fox Promotional Film1936Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
The Hollywood Gad-About1934Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook2010-2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
My Music: Big Band Vocalists2012TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHerself
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHerself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies2000Video documentary
Biography1996-1999TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress / Herself
Hidden Hollywood II: More Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 51st British Academy Film Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Memorial tribute
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998TV SeriesWoman on TV
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryActress 'Lillian Russell' (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHerself
M*A*S*H1974TV SeriesHerself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hula from Hollywood1954ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday1950ShortAlice Faye
Wing and a Prayer1944Harem Girl (edited from: Tin Pan Alley) (uncredited)
Take It or Leave It1944Clips from 'Tin Pan Alley' 'Lillian Russell' and 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (uncredited)
Cinema Circus1937ShortAlice Faye


Won Awards

1991Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6930 Hollywood Blvd.

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