Frances Newbern, 4 April 1913, Tampa, Florida, USA, d. 11 July 2005, Jensen Beach, USA. An accomplished singer with an easy, friendly style, who was popular from the 30s through the 50s. Langford began singing as a child, could have conceivably had a career in opera, but her voice was affected by a throat operation. After some stage work, mostly in vaudeville, she established a reputation as a nightclub singer. By the mid-30s her light, sweet singing voice had made her a popular recording and broadcasting star and she was invited to Hollywood. Some of her films were merely vehicles in which she played supporting roles and sang a couple of songs, such as in Hollywood Hotel and Follow The Band, the latter an early Robert Mitchum film. Occasionally, she was the female lead as in Palm Springs, where she played opposite David Niven in his first leading role in Hollywood, and Girl Rush, a Wally Brown-Alan Carney comedy, in which she worked again with Mitchum. In her...
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