Minna Gombell

About Minna Gombell

Who is it?: Actress
Birth Day: May 28, 1892
Birth Place:  Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Other names: Nancy Gardner Winifred Lee
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1912–1961
Spouse(s): Howard Chesham Rumsey (1916 - 1921, divorce) Joseph W. Sefton Jr. (1933 - 1954, divorce) Myron Coureval Fagan??? (?-1972) (his death)
Parent(s): William Gombel and Emma M. Debring Gombel

Minna Gombell

Minna Gombell was born on May 28, 1892 in  Baltimore, Maryland, United States, is Actress. A doctor's daughter, the versatile actress Minna Gombell had a successful career on the stage from 1912 to the end of the 1920's, appearing often in comedic roles, almost always in leads. She had a reputation as a fast learner, capable of reading and comprehending a script in a matter of hours. This ability served her well as an understudy early in her career. She made her Broadway debut in 1913 in 'Madam President' and later appeared in several productions of her stage director husband Myron C. Fagan (for instance,'Nancy's Private Affair',1930).Minna began her film career in 1929. Although her specialty was street-wise, tough-talking blondes, she displayed quite a repertoire of varied characters during her movie career. She was best friend and steadying influence on Sally Eilers in Bad Girl (1931), a conflicted and unhappy mother in After Tomorrow (1932), the cold wife of The Thin Man (1934), a waspish wife in Babbitt (1934), brassy burlesque performers in Stepping Sisters (1932), a spunky wagon-line owner in Doomed Caravan (1941), and a tough nurse presiding over The Snake Pit (1948). She also had occasional leads, for instance as the gold-digger Stella in Bachelor's Affairs (1932), a comedy with Adolphe Menjou. An underrated actress, she enlivened many a film with her presence.
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As per our current Database, Minna Gombell has been died on April 14, 1973(1973-04-14) (aged 80)\nSanta Monica, California, U.S..

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When Minna Gombell die, Minna Gombell was 80 years old.

Popular As Minna Gombell
Occupation Actress
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born May 28, 1892 ( Baltimore, Maryland, United States)
Birthday May 28
Town/City  Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Nationality United States

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Minna Gombell’s zodiac sign is Gemini. According to astrologers, Gemini is expressive and quick-witted, it represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

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Minna Gombell was born in the Year of the Dragon. A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

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She was born Minna Marie Gombel in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of william Gombel and Emma M. Debring Gombel. Her father was a medical Doctor who came to the United States from Germany in 1880. Her mother was from Baltimore and was of German descent.


She had a very successful stage career from 1912 as Winifred Lee before being signed by the Fox Film Corporation in the late 1920s. Her first film was Doctors' Wives (1931) in which she played under the name Nancy Gardner, a name given to her by Fox. After this, she spent a time coaching several young actresses before returning to film under her real name.


Gombell married Howard Chesham Rumsey on March 9, 1916, in New York City. They divorced in 1921. In 1933, Gombell married Joseph W. Sefton Jr., described as "a millionaire banker." They were divorced in 1954. Gombell's third husband was the film Writer, Producer, and Director Myron Coureval Fagan. (In the book Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood, Axel Nissen disputes the idea of Gombell's being married to Fagan because "Fagan already had a wife (and a son) at home in Pelham Manor, New York. He and Florence M. Fagan were married for nearly 50 years, until her death in 1966.")


Gombell was active in stock theater, starring with troupes in Albany, Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Her Broadway credits include Indiscretion (1928), The Great Power (1928), Ballyhoo (1926), Alloy (1924), Mr. Pitt (1923), Listening in (1922), On the Hiring Line (1919), The Indestructible Wife (1917), Six Months' Option (1917), and My Lady's Garter (1915).


On April 14, 1973, Gombell died in Los Angeles. She was buried in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

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