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Years active
  
1928–34

Name
  
Winnie Lightner


Role
  
Actress

Siblings
  
Fred Lightner

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Born
  
September 17, 1899 (
1899-09-17
)

Resting place
  
San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County California USA

Died
  
March 5, 1971, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Spouse
  
Roy Del Ruth (m. 1934–1961)

Children
  
Thomas Del Ruth, Richard Del Ruth

Movies
  
Gold Diggers of Broadway, Dancing Lady, Hold Everything, Side Show, She Had to Say Yes

Similar People
  
Roy Del Ruth, Thomas Del Ruth, Lloyd Bacon, Robert Z Leonard, Ray Enright

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Winnie Lightner (September 17, 1899 – March 5, 1971) was an American stage and motion picture actress. Perhaps best known as the gold-digging Mabel in Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), Lightner was often typecast as a wise-cracking gold-digger and was known for her talents as a comedian and singer. She is also noted for introducing the song "Singin' in the Bathtub" in the 1929 motion picture The Show of Shows.

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Life and career

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Born Winifred Josephine Reeves was born in Greenport, Suffolk County, New York (on Long Island) but was raised in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen by her aunt and uncle, Margaret and Andrew Hansen, and known as Winifred Hanson.

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She had a successful career in vaudeville and finally made it to Broadway, where she performed in George White's Scandals of 1922, 1923, and 1924, in the musical revue Gay Paree in 1925 and '26, and in Harry Delmar's Revels of 1927.

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She was the first movie performer in history ever to be censored for what she said or sang on screen rather than for anything she did visually. In 1928, she made a Vitaphone short in which she sang "We Love It", "God Help a Sailor on a Night Like This", "That Brand New Model of Mine", and "We've Got a Lot to Learn." A censorship board in Pennsylvania held the release of the film because of the content of Lightner's songs. According to film historian Alexander Walker, "Warners asked the censors to merely pass judgment on the visuals – the censors refused."

The musical Gold Diggers of Broadway was a 1929 triumph, and made her a star. Warner Bros. quickly signed her up for a number of musical comedies. The first of these was Hold Everything, a lavish all-Technicolor feature based on a Broadway hit. This was followed by She Couldn't Say No (1930), in which Lightner was cast in a maudlin dramatic role which did not suit her talents. The picture, consequently, was not very successful. This was followed by another successful picture,The Life of the Party, which was also shot entirely in Technicolor and was an even bigger hit than Hold Everything.

By the end of 1930 audiences had grown tired of musicals, while Lightner was in the process of shooting three musicals: Sit Tight (1931), Gold Dust Gertie (1931), and Manhattan Parade (1932). They were all released with most of the music cut. This was especially noticeable on Sit Tight and Manhattan Parade, on which even the background music was completely removed. In response to the change in public taste, Warner Bros. decided to try another dramatic role for Lightner; the result was a picture called Side Show (1931) which proved to be unsuccessful. She appeared in two more comedies, in which she co-starred with Loretta Young – without songs – before she left Warner Bros. In the first of these, Play-Girl (1932), she was billed with her name above the title, but in the second, She Had to Say Yes (1933), Young received star billing.

After this, Lightner left Warner Bros. to go freelance. She played as a supporting actor in two more features, for MGM and Columbia Pictures respectively, before retiring in 1934.

Family

Lightner was the mother of cinematographer Thomas Del Ruth and was married to film director Roy Del Ruth until his death in 1961. She died in 1971, aged 71, and was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Filmography

Actress
1934
I'll Fix It as
Elizabeth
1933
Dancing Lady as
Rosette LaRue
1933
She Had to Say Yes as
Maizee
1932
Play Girl as
Georgine Hicks
1931
Manhattan Parade as
Doris Roberts
1931
Side Show as
Pat
1931
Gold Dust Gertie as
Gertrude 'Gertie' Dale
1931
The Stolen Jools (Short) as
Winnie
1931
Sit Tight as
Winnie O'Neill
1930
The Life of the Party as
Flo
1930
Hold Everything as
Toots Breen
1930
She Couldn't Say No as
Winnie Harper
1929
Show of Shows as
Performer in 'Pingo Pongo' & 'Singing in the Bathtub' Numbers
1929
Gold Diggers of Broadway as
Mabel Munroe
Soundtrack
1933
Dancing Lady (performer: "Hold Your Man" (1933) - uncredited)
1931
Side Show (performer: "She Came from a South Sea Isle" - uncredited)
1931
Sit Tight (performer: "Face It with a Smile" (1930) - uncredited)
1930
The Life of the Party (performer: "Poison Ivy" - uncredited)
1930
Hold Everything (performer: "Take it on the Chin", "Physically Fit", "Isn't This A Cock-Eyed World?")
1930
She Couldn't Say No (performer: "Bouncing the Baby Around", "A Darn Fool Woman Like Me", "Ping Pongo", "The Poison Kiss of That Spaniard", "Watching My Dreams Go By")
1929
Show of Shows (performer: "Ping Pongo" (1929), "Singin' in the Bathtub" (1929), "You Were Meant for Me" (1929) - uncredited)
1929
Gold Diggers of Broadway (performer: "Keeping the Wolf from the Door", "Mechanical Man" - uncredited)
1928
Winnie Lightner: The Song a Minute Girl (Short) (performer: "Heaven Help a Sailor on a Night Like This", "Raise Myself a Papa", "We Love It" - uncredited)
Self
1930
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (Short) as
Self
1929
Winnie Lightner (Short) as
Self
1928
Winnie Lightner: The Song a Minute Girl (Short) as
Self
Archive Footage
2011
Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films (TV Movie documentary) as
Self

References

Winnie Lightner Wikipedia