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Overview (4)

Born in Chester, Illinois, USA
Died in Glendale, California, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameNora Schilling
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nora Bennett Schilling was born in Chester, Illinois. She grew up and went to school near St. Louis. After modeling for a time, she went to visit a friend in California and was noticed by someone in the film industry. She successfully passed her screen test and began playing small parts in silent films in 1927, taking on the name Lane. In her 17 year career she played in over 80 films. Her notable works include her role as Zerelda in Jesse James (1927), her role as Sally in The Cisco Kid (1931), the villainous role of Goldie in Western Frontier (1935), as well as her supporting part in Jimmy the Gent (1934) which starred James Cagney and Bette Davis. She played in four Hopalong Cassidy films, two of which she was cast as the widowed ranch owner, Nora Blake. In her personal life, she was noted as an excellent swimmer and won many awards. On August 5, 1931, she and fellow actors Warner Baxter and Edmund Lowe were involved in a Southern Pacific train crash 20 miles east of Yuma, Arizona, but managed to escape uninjured. In 1941 she married Burdette Henney and retired from movies in 1944. The two lived a happy marriage until tragedy struck in 1948 when they went on a fishing trip in Bishop, California, during which Nora's husband died suddenly of a heart attack. On October 16, exactly one month after Burdette's death, the grief stricken widow shot herself dead after leaving a note to her step-son, simply saying she could not go on without him.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: E

Spouse (1)

Burdette Henney (1941 - 1948) (his death)

Trivia (5)

Actress and model, born to a family of German immigrants. First on the repertory stage in Davenport, Iowa, in 1925.
Made ads for Lux Toilet Soap in 1931.
Was noted for her prowess as a swimmer, having won a number of competitions.
Was involved in a train crash of the Southern Pacific "Argonaut" on August 5m,1931, 20 miles east of Yuma, AZ. She escaped unhurt. Actors Warner Baxter and Edmund Lowe were also among the passengers.
Committed suicide by gunshot on October 18, 1948, exactly one month after her husband's death from a heart attack. She left a note to her son, explaining that she could not go on without him.

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