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Dennie Moore

Dennie Moore
Moore in The Women (1939)
Born Deena Rivka Moore
(1902-12-31)December 31, 1902
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 22, 1978(1978-02-22) (aged 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1957

Dennie Moore (December 31, 1902 – February 22, 1978) was an American film and stage actress.


  • Early life 1
  • Hollywood 2
  • Later life and death 3
  • Stage appearances 4
  • Partial filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Deena Rivka Moore was born in New York City on New Year's Eve 1902 to Jewish parents Oren Moore (January 12, 1883 — March 13, 1967), a cantor at one of the local synagogues, and Gabriella Gefen (October 31, 1885 — November 19, 1954). In the late 1920s, she decided to pursue an acting career on the Broadway stage and in preparation for that she began going by the first name Dennie, reportedly in order to protect her family from any embarrassment as they opposed her career choice. She began her career on Broadway in 1927, appearing in such plays as A Lady in Love, The Trial of Mary Dugan, Cross Roads, Torch Song, Twentieth Century, Phantoms, Conflict, Anatol, and Jarnegan.


In the 1930s, she decided to embark on a film career and in 1935 she arrived to Hollywood and made her screen debut opposite David Niven, John Garfield, Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray and Ginger Rogers. She primarily was what is known as a "free-lance actress" and floated between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. Studios.

In the course of her film career, she would star in twenty-two films between 1935 and 1951. Some of her film credits include parts in Boy Meets Girl (1938), The Women (1939), Saturday's Children (1940), Dive Bomber (1941), and Anna Lucasta (1949).

By the mid-1940s, Moore found herself getting less work in Hollywood, but more parts on the New York stage. In 1951, she made her last screen appearance as Mrs. Bea Gingras in The Model and the Marriage Broker. Moving back to New York City she made one final performance on stage in The Diary of Anne Frank in the role of Mrs. Van Daan. In 1957, she retired from acting altogether, aged 54.

Later life and death

With her acting career behind her, Moore sold her house in Hollywood and permanently moved backed to her birthplace of New York City where she continued to live for the rest of her life. Following her retirement she was active in campaigning civil rights for Jewish communities and women's rights.

On February 22, 1978, Moore died of natural causes in her New York apartment, aged 75. She was cremated.

Stage appearances

  • A Lady in Love (1927)
  • The Trial of Mary Dugan (1927)
  • Jarnegan (1928–1929)
  • Conflict (1929)
  • Cross Roads (1929)
  • Phantoms (1930)
  • Torch Song (1930)
  • Anatol (1931)
  • East Wind (1931)
  • The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1932)
  • The Great Magoo (1932)
  • Twentieth Century (1932–1933)
  • Man Bites Dog (1933)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness (1933–1934)
  • Say When (1934–1935)
  • Swing Your Lady (1936–1937)
  • Hitch Your Wagon (1937)
  • In Clover (1937)
  • Ah, Wilderness! (1941)
  • Johnny on a Spot (1942)
  • We Will Never Die (1943)
  • Over 21 (1944)
  • Seven Lively Arts (1944–1945)
  • Star-Spangled Family (1945)
  • The Rat Race (1949–1950)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1955–1957)

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Sylvia Scarlett at

External links

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