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Gertrude Short

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Gertrude Short
Short in 1923
Carmen Gertrude Short

(1902-04-06)April 6, 1902
DiedJuly 31, 1968(1968-07-31) (aged 66)
Years active1912–1945
Spouse(s)Scott Pembroke
(m. December 5, 1925-19?? (div.)
RelativesAntrim Short (brother)

Carmen Gertrude Short[1] (April 6, 1902 – July 31, 1968) was an American film actress of the silent and early sound era.[2] She appeared in more than 130 films between 1912 and 1945.

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Gertrude Short in 1925
Gertrude Short in 1918

Gertrude Short was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of actors Lewis and Stella Short. From 1913 to 1945, she acted on stage, on film, and in vaudeville.

Short debuted on stage in The Story of the Golden Fleece in San Francisco when she was 5 years old.[3] In her screen debut, she portrayed Little Eva in the silent film Uncle Tom's Cabin. She went on to act in films through the 1930s and into the 1940s.[2] Film companies with which she worked included Edison, Metro, Paramount, Robertson-Cole, and Universal.[4]

Short's Broadway credits include Arrest That Woman (1936).[5] She stopped acting during World War II and went to work for Lockheed Corporation, from which she retired in 1967.[2]

Short was married to director Scott Pembroke.[6] She died in Hollywood, California, on July 31, 1968, after a brief illness.[2] She was the sister of Antrim Short and Florence Aadland.[5] Actress Blanche Sweet was a cousin.[7] She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (September 5, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 687. ISBN 978-0-7864-7992-4. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d Kessler, Carol Farley (October 1, 1995). Daring To Dream: Utopian Fiction by United States Women Before 1950, Second Edition. Syracuse University Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 9780815626558 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "'The Gold Diggers' Showing Fifth Week At Garden Theater". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Wisconsin, Milwaukee. October 25, 1929. p. 5. Retrieved June 2, 2024 – via
  4. ^ "Gertrude Snhort Has Part in New Show". The Houston Post. November 13, 1924. p. 9. Retrieved June 2, 2024 – via
  5. ^ a b "Gertrude Short". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on May 13, 2021. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  6. ^ "Boss". Cinema Art. December 1927. p. 38. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  7. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (October 21, 2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-7864-5468-6. Retrieved June 2, 2024.

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