Shirley BoothShirley Booth
- October 16
) was an American actress. Born Marjory Ford
in New York City
, she was equally at home on radio
, stage and in the movies. She began acting on Broadway
in the mid-1920s
(her first Broadway role was opposite Humphrey Bogart
), and won a Tony Award
for Come Back, Little Sheba
. When she took the role to Hollywood
, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress
. Before that, she had won fans as a star of the radio program Duffy's Tavern
Booth only made five movies; besides Come Back, Little Sheba, they were Main Street to Broadway, About Mrs. Leslie, Hot Spell and The Matchmaker (the original, non-musical version of Hello, Dolly.)
Booth went to television to star in the sitcom Hazel, as a wisecracking maid.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.