Polly Moran

Polly Moran (June 28, 1883 – January 25, 1952) was an American actress and comedian. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Moran started out in vaudeville, and widely toured North America, as well as various other locations that included Europe and South Africa. An attractive Irish beauty in her youth she left vaudeville in 1914 after signing for Mack Sennett at Keystone Studios where she honed the style of brash loud-mouth knock-about comedy for which she later became known. She proved effective at slapstick and remained with Sennett for several years until she was signed by MGM. She partnered with the famous Broadway star Marie Dressler in The Callahans and the Murphys (1927), and the two went on to appear in several films together such as Chasing Rainbows (1930) and Caught Short (1930). After Dressler's death in 1934 Moran's career declined, and she only starred in low budget comedies or B-movies, though she still maintained an active Hollywood social life, throwing large and well-publicized parties. Moran made a comeback after co-starring in Adam's Rib (1949). After an earlier marriage that ended in divorce in 1917, Moran married Martin T. Malone in 1933.


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