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Film actress Constance Moore dies
Constance Moore
Moore married her agent, John Maschio, when she was 18
Actress Constance Moore, star of several Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s, has died aged 84.

Moore died of heart failure at her Los Angeles home after a long illness, her son Michael Maschio said.

During her career, Moore appeared in several dramas, musicals and westerns, including the classic WC Fields comedy You Can't Cheat An Honest Man.

Moore is survived by her two children, two sisters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Moore grew up in Dallas with an ambition to be a singer.

In a magazine interview three years ago, Moore said: "I never really thought about going into show business.

"All I knew is that I wanted to sing."

Moore was hired by CBS in the 1930s for a musical programme, where her singing caught the attention of a visiting Universal Studio talent scout.

She went on to appear in such films as Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me, Earl Carroll Vanities, Show Business, Take a Letter Darling, I Wanted Wings, Las Vegas Nights, and Prison Break.

Moore retired from making regular films in 1947, but made a handful more during the 1950s and early 1960s.

She wed her agent, John Maschio, when she was 18, and the marriage lasted 63 years until his death in 1998.

Together they had two children, Michael and Gina.

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