Born Gertrude Emma Messenger
Her Hollywood career began during the silent film era, and as a youngster, she was a member of the "Fox Kiddies" (along with her brother Buddy and sister Marie). She later co-
She starred in over 85 feature films.
Messinger did 1930s westerns with Bill Cody, Bob Steele, Lane Chandler and Harry Carey, Sr. Future stuntman Dave Sharpe was also a member of the cast and Gertude was briefly married to Sharpe. Her last starring/heroine role was in the mid 1930s. After that, she did occasional supporting/bit roles and her last film appearance was in the early 1950s.