Ann Sothern (born Harriet Arlene Lake, January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. In 1953, she landed the lead in the series Private Secretary. After Private Secretary ended in 1957 due to a contract dispute between Miss Sothern and producer Jack Chertok, she appeared in her own show, The Ann Sothern Show, from 1958 to 1961. Both were successful and earned the talented actress four Emmy Award nominations. Ann Tyrrell and Don Porter were her co-stars in both series.