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Rosina Lawrence

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B: December 30, 1912 in Toronto, Ontario
D: June 23, 1997 in New York, New York

Rosina Lawrence was born to George and Annie Louise Lawrence. When she was 9, the family moved to California where her father found work as a set builder in the movie studios. The future actor had suffered a very mild paralysis to her left side when she was young but it all but disppeared thanks to her using extensive dance classes as a form of therapy. Her abilities as a dancer, and the fact that her father was in a position to introduce her casting agents, led initially to roles as a dancer. At 20 she worked at Fox Studios where she made a number of films with Alice Faye, Edward Everett Horton, and others before obtaining a long-term contract with Hal Roach Studios. She appeared as the teacher “Miss Lawrence” in a number of Our Gang shorts including the Oscar-winning Bored of Education, as well as some Laurel & Hardy comedies. Lawrence is usually remembered for her role in their 1937 feature, Way Out West. She retired from acting in 1939 when she married a distinguished Italian-American judge, Juvenal Marchisio, of Brooklyn. Judge Marchisio died in 1973. Rosina Lawrence married the author John McCabe on June 8, 1987.

Features & TV Movies:
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A Lady of Quality (1924)
The Angel of Broadway (1927)

Paramount on Parade (1930)
A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Dance Team (1932)
Disorderly Conduct (1932)
Reckless (1935)
Ten Dollar Raise (1935)
Welcome Home (1935)
Music is Magic (1935)
Your Uncle Dudley (1935)
Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
On the Wrong Trek (1936)
Arbor Day (1936)
Neighborhood House (1936)
Bored of Education (1936)
Kelly the Second (1936)
Two Too Young (1936)
Mister Cinderella (1936)
Spooky Hooky (1936)
General Spanky (1936)
Pan Handlers (1936)
Reunion in Rhythm (1937)
Hearts Are Thumps (1937)
Way Out West (1937)
Nobody’s Baby (1937)
Three Smart Boys (1937)
Pick a Star (1937)
In the Country Fell a Star (1939)