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Diana Lynn Poster

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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 7 October 1926Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 18 December 1971Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameDolores Marie Loehr
Nickname Dolly
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She was a child prodigy and pianist at age 10, and her first movie role was as one of the children in "They Shall Have Music" (1939), in which you see her playing the piano. She made another movie using the name Dolly (a short version of her real name (Dolores) in "There's Magic in Music" (1941). She signed a long-term contract with Paramount in 1942 and had her name changed to Diana Lynn. She had good roles in "The Major and the Minor" (1942) and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (both 1944). She had fewer roles as she matured; she did do "Bedtime for Bonzo" (1951) but had a nice career on TV shows. She died of a stroke when she was making a comeback in film. Her first marriage was from 1948 to 1954 to architect John C. Lindsay (no children); then on December 6,1956, she married Mortimer C.Hall, president of L.A. radio station KLAC. His mother was Dorothy Schiff, then publisher of the New York Post. She had four children with him between 1958 and 1964. They moved to New York City so he could assume a post on his mother's paper. She passed away on December 17, 1971, of a stroke/brain hemorrhage in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kenn_honeyman

Spouse (2)

Mortimer Wadhams Hall (8 December 1956 - 18 December 1971) (her death) (4 children)
John Carl Lindsay (18 December 1948 - 5 June 1954) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Retired for the most part in 1970 to become the director of GO (Travel) Agency in Manhattan, but died a year later at age 45, just nine days after suffering a stroke.
Although she was semi-retired and living in New York in 1971, Paramount offered her the role of Anthony Perkins' wife in Play It As It Lays (1972). She returned to Los Angeles in preparation for her role, but suffered a fatal stroke before filming began.
In the late 1960s she operated "GO," a travel agency situated at a Bonwit Teller store in New York City.
Her father, Louis William Loehr, was a prosperous oil company exec and her mother, the former Eartha Thes, an accomplished pianist and teacher who guided Diana's early musical career. By age 12, the young prodigy was playing with the Los Angeles Junior Symphony Orchestra.
Starred with the late Gail Russell in the highly popular Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944), in which she played writer Emily Kimbrough and Russell played close friend and author Cornelia Otis Skinner. Both Kimbrough and Skinner would outlive their 20-odd-years younger screen actresses playing them.
Her second husband's mother was Dorothy Schiff, longtime owner and publisher of the "New York Post" newspaper.
Her accomplishments as a pianist were evident in her early Hollywood days when she made several important recordings, including George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
Proved to be a critically praised Broadway performer. She followed Barbara Bel Geddes in the title role in "Mary Mary" to acclaim, and starred in both new plays and comedies as well as revivals.
Upon her death, her remains were interred at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City.
She was the niece of composer, arranger and conductor Robert Armbruster.
Gore Vidal is godfather to one of her children.
According to Laura Wagner's article on Diana in "Films of the Golden Age" (Winter 2013/2014 issue), Diana also played piano for a couple of movies and albums but eventually let that enormous talent slip away. One summer, the actress claims, she broke her arm and just never started back again.
Her second husband, Mortimer Hall, the son of New York Post publisher Dorothy Schiff, was once married to actress Ruth Roman.

Personal Quotes (5)

Acting was my own decision, a kind of rebellion. I loathed playing piano for people and I always have. I was so young when I started; I was used and exploited, and I didn't have the courage or the brains to say 'no' to the use of whatever talents I had.
I see no barrier between family and career. I had my children in the past five years and think I can achieve the proper separation. I don't burden my husband with every detail of stagecraft. I try to be instinctive about raising my children. I try to hear what they're not saying. It's working out. They're nice; they're happy; they've got manners
My public image was the kind of girl you bring home to mother.
My awkward age didn't arrive 'til I was eighteen. By that time, everyone at Paramount regarded me as their kid-sister. When I became eighteen, the boys up front still thought of me as that pink-cheeked youngster they'd known so long. They considered me too young for ingénue roles, too young for glamor roles, and too young for romance. I didn't do anything. Everyone thought I was old hat.
It was great fun--at least most of it was. I'm certainly glad I did it, although I don't miss acting or Hollywood. I still have pretty clothes and I meet celebrities . . . I think that's glamorous. I hope there's no one out there feeling sorry for me, because I love my life.

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