|Born in Amarillo, Texas July 28, 1911 to Carrie A. Barnett and
John R. Doran. Ann began acting at the at the age of four and
appeared in hundreds of silent films under assumed names so her
father's family wouldn't find out. Her mother was a silent-film
actress whose professional name was Rose Allen.
Ann Doran was beyond prolific, she appeared in more than 500 motion
pictures and 1,000 episodes of television shows, including the
American Civil War drama Gray Ghost. She was possibly best known as
the mother of Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause. She was an
early member of the Screen Actors Guild and served on the board of
the Motion Picture & Television Fund for 30 years.
became a favorite of Columbia director Frank Capra and appears in
many of his productions. Most of these appearances were supporting
roles, although she did play leads in Columbia's Charley Chase
comedies from 1938 to 1940 and in one Charles Starrett western
feature, the Sam Nelson-directed Rio Grande. In 1938, she starred
opposite Charles Starrett in the revenge-centered Western "Rio
Grande." She later landed a supporting role in the boy and his dog
drama "For the Love of Rusty." Her last appearance on the big screen
was in 1986 as Mrs. Chatham in the sports comedy Wildcats.
On television Doran played Charlotte McHenry, the housekeeper on
Shirley, Agnes Haskell, Eddie Haskell's mother and in a
separate appearance Mrs. Bellamy, in Leave It to Beaver and
Mrs. Kingston, the housekeeper, on Longstreet.
Doran guest-starred on many television programs, including three
appearances in the role of Bonnie Landis in The Public Defender,
starring with fellow Texan Reed Hadley. She appeared in the
anthology series Crossroads in the 1956 episode "The White
Carnation", along with Elinor Donahue, James Best and J. Carrol
Naish. In 1952, she appeared in an episode of The Lone Ranger titled
"Hidden Fortune". She last appeared on television in a 1988 episode
of Hunter where she played Mrs. Rawling.
Ann Doran died in September 19, 2000
at age 89. She bequeathed $400,000 to the Motion Picture Country
House, the retirement home for the movie industry.
On July 28, 2016 Ann's birthday was designated as Ann Doran Day
in Amarillo, Texas.
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