Gladys Gale
born: 15 January 1891
Monmouth, Illinois,
United States of America
died: 04 October 1948
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(unexplained circumstances, age 57)
A former Broadway actress, Gale was married to New York millionaire Park Benjamin – brother-in-law of Enrico Caruso.  She had several run-ins with the law and was arrested many times on drunk driving charges.  In 1948, Gale and a man checked into a Hollywood hotel under an alias as Mr. and Mrs. J. Statler of San Francisco.  Gale's nude body was found in a bottle littered hotel room by a bellboy who noticed the door was slightly ajar.  A chemical analysis was ordered and the police noted that the upholstery and some of the plaster in the room had been slashed with a knife – there were no marks on the body to indicate violence.  Gale's body remained in the country morgue for two days before being identified by a welfare agency worker who had come to her aid.

Most sources claim that Gladys plays the role of Billy Gilbert's wife in Laurel & Hardy's The Music Box.  However, it has been reported by historian Richard W. Bann that this was in fact Hazel Howell.
Real name: Gladys Lanphere Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Air Fright

Sons Of The Desert
Mrs. New York 43

Soup And Fish
Mrs. Dukesberry

Vagabond Lady
Shocked customer

Thicker Than Water
Auction bidder

Acknowledgements: (Find A Grave)
Richard W. Bann, Randy Skretvedt (assistance and identification)
Jesse Brisson (identification in Sons Of The Desert)
Brent Seguine (identification in Air Fright)
Jim Clewer (identification in Vagabond Lady)

This page was last updated on: 27 May 2019