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Actor-musician Bobby Short made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen. He also was featured in the miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations" (1978-79). He also appeared in the TV movie "Hardhat and Legs" (CBS, 1979-1980). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The All-Time American Songbook" (1981-82), "Benny Goodman: Let's Dance -- A Musical Tribute" (PBS, 1985-86) and "A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart" (PBS, 1986-87). During the early stages of his Hollywood career, Short mainly held acting roles in films like "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) with Woody Allen. He next focused his entertainment career on film, appearing in "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol" (1991), the Michael Caine action flick "Blue Ice" (1992) and the comedy "For Love Or Money" (1993) with Michael J. Fox. Short also created music for the Woody Allen comedy "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993). He spent the nineties and the early 2000s tackling film roles in "Man of the Century" (1999) with Gibson Frazier and the Ruth Ellington documentary "Reminiscing in Tempo" (2006). Short's music was most recently used in the Ben Affleck blockbuster dramatic adaptation "Argo" (2012)....

Actor-musician Bobby Short made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen. He also was featured in the miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations" (1978-79). He also appeared in the TV movie "Hardhat and Legs" (CBS, 1979-1980). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "The All-Time American Songbook" (1981-82), "Benny Goodman: Let's Dance -- A Musical Tribute" (PBS, 1985-86) and "A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart" (PBS, 1986-87). During the early stages of his Hollywood career, Short mainly held acting roles in films like "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) with Woody Allen. He next focused his entertainment career on film, appearing in "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol" (1991), the Michael Caine action flick "Blue Ice" (1992) and the comedy "For Love Or Money" (1993) with Michael J. Fox. Short also created music for the Woody Allen comedy "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993). He spent the nineties and the early 2000s tackling film roles in "Man of the Century" (1999) with Gibson Frazier and the Ruth Ellington documentary "Reminiscing in Tempo" (2006). Short's music was most recently used in the Ben Affleck blockbuster dramatic adaptation "Argo" (2012). Additionally, he could be seen on a variety of television specials like "Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice" (PBS, 1996-97) and "Vaudeville" (PBS, 1997-98). Short passed away in March 2005 at the age of 81.

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 Sheriff of Cimarron (1945) Portly woman
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 Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) Telephone operator
4.
 Man Alive (1945) Frowzy dame
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 Her Cardboard Lover (1942) Operator
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 Tom, Dick and Harry (1941) Bridge matron
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 A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941) Mother
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 Broadway Serenade (1939) Salesgirl 5 & 10
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 Tip-Off Girls (1938) "Boots" Milburn
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Tony Scott ( 2006-03-15 )

Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever

Born: June 2, 1902 Cincinnati, OH
Died: July 31, 1968 Hollywood, CA
Married to director Scott Pembroke, daughter of actor Lew and sister of actors Florence and Antrim Short. Gertrude was in vaudeville for five years, then the legit stage and onto Hollywood in 1922. From 1924 to 1925, Short played in a series of "Telephone Girl" comedies. She continued playing telephone operators in several of her sound films. During WWII Short left the screen to work at Lockheed and stayed there until she retired in 1967.

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