Ann Doran





7/28/1911 , Amarillo, Texas

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Ann Doran was an American actress whose multi-era-spanning career saw her act in some of the most prominent movies of several decades. Doran was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1911, and began appearing in movies in 1915, at age 4. A versatile actress, Doran successfully made the transition from silent movies to talkies, taking roles in everything from short comedies with The Three Stooges to Frank Capra productions like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Doran generally played in supporting roles, but occasionally gained top-billing, as in Rebel Without a Cause where she apeared as the mother of James Dean's character. In her middle years, Doran carved out a niche for herself as a maternal figure, also playing the mother of Lori Martin's character in 1960's National Velvet. In her long career Doran acted in more than 500 movies and more TV shows, including Perry Mason, Wagon Train, and M*A*S*H. Doran retired from acting in 1988, 63 years after her first appearance. She died shortly after.