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Annie Ross

1930-07-26 Mitcham, Surrey, England, UK

Image of Annie Ross


Annabelle McCauley Allan Short (25 July 1930 – 21 July 2020), known professionally as Annie Ross, was a British-American singer and actress, best known as a member of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Ross was born in Surrey, England, the daughter of Scottish vaudevillians John "Jack" Short and Mary Dalziel Short (née Allan). Her brother was Scottish entertainer and theatre producer and director Jimmy Logan. She first appeared on stage at age three. At the age of four, she travelled to New York by ship with her family; she later recalled that they "got the cheapest ticket, which was right in the bowels of the ship". Shortly after arriving in the city, she won a token contract with MGM through a children's radio contest run by Paul Whiteman. She subsequently moved with her aunt, Scottish-American singer and actress Ella Logan, to Los Angeles, and her mother, father and brother returned to Scotland. She did not see her parents again until fourteen years later. At the age of seven, she sang "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" in Our Gang Follies of 1938, and played Judy Garland's character's sister in Presenting Lily Mars (1943). Her adulthood film roles included Liza in the film Straight On till Morning (1972), Claire in Alfie Darling (1976), Diana Sharman in Funny Money (1983), Vera Webster in Superman III (1983), Mrs. Hazeltine in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Rose Brooks in Witchery (1988), Loretta Cresswood in Pump Up the Volume (1990), Tess Trainer in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), and Lydia in Blue Sky (1994). She also appeared as Granny Ruth in the horror films Basket Case 2 (1990) and Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991). She also had a bit part in Robert Altman's The Player in 1992. Ross also starred in Scottish Television's comedy-drama Charles Endell Esquire (1979). She provided the speaking voice for Britt Ekland in The Wicker Man (1973), and Ingrid Thulin's singing voice in Salon Kitty (1976). On stage, she appeared in Cranks (1955; London and New York City), The Threepenny Opera (1972), The Seven Deadly Sins (1973) at the Royal Opera House, Kennedy's Children (1975) at Arts Theatre, London, Side by Side by Sondheim, and in the Joe Papp production of The Pirates of Penzance (1982). Ross died in New York City on 21 July 2020 from emphysema and heart disease, four days before her 90th birthday. Description above from the Wikipedia article Annie Ross, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas Self/Archive Footage 2013-05-10
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer Herself 2007-04-30
Blue Sky Lydia 1994-09-16
Short Cuts Tess Trainer 1993-09-05
The Player Annie Ross 1992-04-03
Basket Case 3: The Progeny Granny Ruth 1991-03-10
Basket Case 2 Granny Ruth 1990-03-02
Pump Up the Volume Loretta Creswood 1990-08-22
La Casa 4 Rose Brooks 1988-12-01
Throw Momma From the Train Mrs. Hazeltine 1987-12-11
Superman III Vera 1983-06-17
Funny Money Diana Sharman 1982-01-08
Yanks Red Cross lady 1979-09-01
Salon Kitty Kitty Kellermann (singing voice) 1976-03-02
The Beast Must Die Caroline Newcliffe (uncredited/voice) 1974-04-01
The Wicker Man Willow MacGreagor (voice) (uncredited) 1973-12-01
Straight On Till Morning Liza 1972-07-09
One Pair of Eyes - No, But Seriously 1969-06-07
Presenting Lily Mars Rosie 1943-04-29
Cinderella's Feller Singer 1940-06-08
Our Gang Follies of 1938 Loch Lomond Singer 1937-12-18