b. Helen Isabel Barnett, 6 June 1897, Troy, New York, USA, d. 19 January 1982, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA. A charming and talented singer with an attractive stage presence, Ford was in her early twenties when she made her presence known on Broadway. This was in Sometime (1919) and over the next few years she appeared in a number of somewhat indifferent musical comedies, among them Always You (1920), The Gingham Girl (1922), and Helen Of Troy (1923). Soon after this, and owing in large part to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Ford became one of Broadway’s rising stars. She was in their Dearest Enemy (1925, singing ‘Here In My Arms’), Peggy-Ann (1926), and Chee-Chee (1928). Ford’s success story faltered a little during the 30s, although she appeared in Champagne, Sec (1933), an adaptation of Johann Strauss the Younger’s Die Fledermaus, and Great Lady (1938). Soon after this, Ford retired from public performance.
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