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Overview (5)

Born in Akron, Ohio, USA
Died in Toluca Lake, California, USA
Birth NameLola Jean Albright
Nickname Lola Deem
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lola Jean Albright was born on July 20, 1924 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of John Paul Albright and Marion Harvey, both of whom were gospel singers. She worked as a model before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1940s, studied piano for 20 years and worked as a receptionist at radio station WAKR in Akron. Considered one of the most stylish, sultriest and beautiful actresses in Hollywood, with one of the throatiest, smokiest and most distinctive voices in the business, she starred with Kirk Douglas in the film noir Champion (1949). From 1958 to 1961, she played sultry nightclub singer Edie Hart on the popular television series Peter Gunn (1958).

She also made guest appearances on the television series Gunsmoke (1955), Bonanza (1959), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). She played Constance McKenzie on the night-time soap opera Peyton Place (1964) after Dorothy Malone became sick and could no longer play the role. She received critical acclaim for her performances in A Cold Wind in August (1961), Joy House (1964) and How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967). Retired from acting, Lola Albright died at age 92 on March 23, 2017 in Toluca Lake, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tim Campbell <tcampbel@po5.ahcpr>

Spouse (3)

Bill Chadney (20 May 1961 - 1975) ( divorced)
Jack Carson (1 August 1952 - 10 November 1958) ( divorced)
Warren Dean (1944 - 1949) ( divorced)

Trivia (9)

Married her third husband, pianist Bill Chadney, at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 20, 1961.
Her popularity as sultry, dusky-voiced nightclub singer Edie Hart on the crime drama television series Peter Gunn (1958) inspired two music albums: "Lola Wants You" (1957) and "Dreamsville" (1959).
Inherited her singing talents from her parents, both evangelistic singers; started in films as an MGM singing extra, in The Pirate (1948), Easter Parade (1948) and The Unfinished Dance (1947).
Won the "Best Actress" Award (Silver Bear) at the Berlin Film Festival for Lord Love a Duck (1966); there was a controversy because some members of the jury wanted to cite the three female leads of the movie (Albright, Tuesday Weld and Ruth Gordon), but other members felt that to give a "joint" award would diminish the award's significance. (For example, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival went to the female "cast" of Volver (2006), rather than just to Penélope Cruz).
Lola Jean Albright passed away on March 23, 2017, four months away from what would have been her 93rd birthday on July 20.
Attended and graduated from West High School in Akron, Ohio (1942), and was voted "Best Looking Girl".
After graduating from high school, she got a job as a receptionist at WAKR radio in Akron. She left there to get a job at Cleveland's WATM, where she married announcer Warren Dean. After her divorce a few years later, she moved to Chicago to be a model and was discovered by a talent scout.
After she appeared in her first major role, as Kirk Douglas' love interest in Champion (1949), she said she went home and cried after the screening. "I look so awful and act worse," she cried at the time. Hollywood and the public disagreed, and her low sultry voice made her a hot commodity in movies and television.
Had seven stepchildren, but never had any children of her own.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on her privacy] I gave an interview . . . it was the first interview I ever gave, many, many, many years ago. More than I care to think. And I rue the day because it was on the front page, above the fold. I didn't understand at the time how an interviewer could get at you. She would be so persuasive, and so sweet and so kind and make you say things you never should have said.

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