– March 4
) was a movie actress
born in Oklahoma
City, Indian Territory
Some sources list her date of birth as October 22
the daughter of William Marshall McConnell (born April 28, 1876 in
Tennessee) and Harriet (aka Hattie) Sharp (born October 10, 1882 in Newbern,
Tennessee). She had a sister, Hazel McConnell (born ca.
She attended Hollywood High School
Her film career was brief, about four years from the late silent to
early sound era (1926 – 1930). She sometimes used the professional
name Gladys Morrow. One of her first parts came in The Devil
(1926). The film featured Rex the
, a stallion
was featured in at least fifteen films.McConnell starred with
in Three's A
(1927). In The Chaser
(1928), she played
Langdon's talkative wife in a story about a married man and his
tumultuous domestic life. She broke ties with the Fox Film
Company over differences over her roles,
choosing to freelance instead.
McConnell was a WAMPAS Baby Star
of 1927. WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers)
was a Hollywood promotional campaign that selected thirteen
(slang at the time for starlets
most likely to gain success. Others in the 1927 group included
, Natalie Kingston
, Sally Phipps
, and Rita
McConnell married Arthur Q. Hazerman in 1926. They were divorced in
September 1931, she married Hollywood attorney, A.
Ronald Button, at the Mission Inn in
William Jennings Bryan Jr., a friend of the
bridegroom, was best man at the wedding. McConnell was attended by
her sister, Mrs. Harold O. Wright. They had a daughter, Mary
Barbara Button (b. 9 Feb. 1937, Los Angeles), now known as Barbara
McAllister, a commercial real estate broker at CB Richard Ellis
A 1920 US
Federal Census shows her at about age 15 residing in Portland,
Oregon with her mother, father and older sister
About 1924, McConnell became an aviatrix
who began flying in Portland. Aside from
Ruth Elder, she logged more air hours than any woman in the film
colony. She was once hostess on a Maddux
passenger plane for an aerial breakfast party.
McConnell also flew to various location settings to make films with
actors like Harry Langdon
and Ken Maynard
McConnell died in Fullerton, California in 1979, aged 73.
- Los Angeles Times,
New Baby Stars Stud Film Firmament, January 7, 1927, Page
- Los Angeles Times, Three Crowd?, Not In Roomy New
Roadster, September 11, 1927, Page G11.
- Los Angeles Times, Film Actress Marries
Lawyer, September 4, 1931, Page 13.
- Lowell, Massachusetts The Sun,
Go To Hollywood High School If You Would Be A Screen Star,
March 3, 1927, Page 26.
- Modesto, California News-Herald, Film Actress,
February 19, 1926, Page 2.
- Syracuse Herald,
Gladys McConnell Granted Divorce, August 8, 1929, Page
- Woodland, California Daily Democrat, Hollywood Close
Ups, October 5, 1928, Page 11.