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Katherine DeMille (1911–1995)

A dark, exotic beauty, Katherine DeMille was a fascinating screen presence in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in Canada to a Scottish schoolteacher, Edward Gabriel Lester, and his Italian-Swiss wife, Cecile Bianca Bertha (Colani) Lester. Her father was killed in France during World War I, and her mother, who was terminally ill, traveled to ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Known For

Black Gold Sarah Eagle
Unconquered Hannah
The Judge Lucille Strang


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 1956 Man from Del Rio
Woman (uncredited)
 1949 The Judge
Lucille Strang
 1947 Unconquered
 1947 Black Gold
Sarah Eagle
 1941 Aloma of the South Seas
Kari (as Katherine deMille)
 1940 Dark Streets of Cairo
Shari Abbadi
 1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective
Valerie Norris
 1940 Isle of Destiny
Inda Barton
 1939 In Old Caliente
Rita Vargas
 1939 Trapped in the Sky
Carol Rayder
 1938 Blockade
Peasant Girl
 1937 Under Suspicion
Mary Brookhart
 1937 Love Under Fire
Rosa (as Katherine De Mille)
 1937 The Californian
 1937 Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Yvonne Roland
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Leota Long (as Katherine De Mille)
 1936 Ramona
Margarita (as Katherine de Mille)
 1936 Romeo and Juliet
Rosaline (uncredited)
 1936 Sky Parade
Geraldine Croft
 1936 Drift Fence
Molly Dunn (as Katherine de Mille)
 1935 Hollywood Extra Girl (Documentary short)
Crusades Actor (uncredited)
 1935 The Crusades
Alice - Princess of France (as Katherine De Mille)
 1935 Call of the Wild
 1935 The Black Room
Mashka (as Katherine de Mille)
 1935 All the King's Horses
Fraülein Mimi
 1934 Belle of the Nineties
Molly Brant
 1934 The Trumpet Blows
Lupe the Maid
 1934 Viva Villa!
Rosita Morales (as Katherine de Mille)
 1931 Girls About Town
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1931 Son of India
Amah - Karim's Servant (uncredited)
 1930 Madam Satan
Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
Show Show Script and Continuity Department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (3 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Katherine De Mille | Katherine de Mille | Katherine deMille


5' 3¾" (1.62 m)


Anthony Quinn  (divorced)  (5 children)


Edward Gabriel Lester | Cecile Bianca Bertha Colani | Constance Adams | Cecil B. DeMille


Cecilia de Mille (sibling)

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Personal Quote:

[on auditioning for a role in Viva Villa! (1934)] The family was away at Catalina when I sneaked the test. When they gave me the better part I was so delighted I wired father the news. I think he was pleased but he didn't let me know until he saw how the picture turned out. See more »


Appeared in two films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Viva Villa! (1934) and Romeo and Juliet (1936). See more »



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