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Born in Somers, Wisconsin, USA
Died in Corona Del Mar, California, USA
Birth NameDorothy Blackman
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Drue Leyton was born on June 12, 1903 in Somers, Wisconsin, USA as Dorothy Blackman. She was an actress, known for Charlie Chan in London (1934), Alibi for Murder (1936) and Blackmailer (1936). She was married to Jacques Terrane. She died on February 8, 1997 in Corona Del Mar, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Jacques Terrane (September 1938 - 20 June 1941) ( his death)

Trivia (2)

Wisconsin-born starlet who appeared in a few films for 20th Century Fox and Columbia in the 1930's, including three entries of the popular Charlie Chan series. She had previously acted on Broadway in "Green Grow the Lilacs". Her real-life adventures began after her acting career had concluded. At the onset of World War II, she broadcast from Paris for the 'Voice of America', was eventually arrested by the Nazis, escaped from a concentration camp and joined the French Resistance. In the course of three years, Leyton aided scores of downed American, Canadian and British pilots escape from German-occupied France, hiding others in her home until liberation. In 1946, she published her wartime experiences as "The House Near Paris".
Reported in many places as having appeared in the Broadway production of "Green Grow the Lilacs" (1931); however neither her given name nor stage name appear in the Playbill archives. It may have been that she appeared in the cast after the play's opening.

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