Ida Lupino Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (died of a stroke while battling colon cancer)
Nickname Little Scout
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1932, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (1935) was one of her few noteworthy movies and it was not until The Light That Failed (1939) that she got a chance to get better parts. In most of her movies, she was cast as the hard, but sympathetic woman from the wrong side of the tracks. In The Sea Wolf (1941) and High Sierra (1941), she played the part magnificently. It has been said that no one could do hard-luck dames the way Lupino could do them. She played tough, knowing characters who held their own against some of the biggest leading men of the day - Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Colman, John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson. She made a handful of films during the forties playing different characters ranging from Pillow to Post (1945), where she played a traveling saleswoman to the tough nightclub singer in The Man I Love (1946). But good roles for women were hard to get and there were many young actresses and established stars competing for those roles. She left Warner Brothers in 1947 and became a freelance actress. When better roles did not materialize, Ida stepped behind the camera as a director, writer and producer. Her first directing job came when director Elmer Clifton fell ill on a script that she co-wrote Not Wanted (1949). Ida had joked that as an actress, she was the poor man's Bette Davis. Now, she said that as a director, she became the poor man's Don Siegel. The films that she wrote, or directed, or appeared in during the fifties were mostly inexpensive melodramas. She later turned to Television where she directed episodes in shows such as The Untouchables (1959) and The Fugitive (1963). In the seventies, she did guest appearances on various television show and small parts in a few movies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Family (2)

Spouse Howard Duff (21 October 1951 - 1984)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Collier Young (5 August 1948 - 20 October 1951)  (divorced)
Louis Hayward (16 November 1938 - 11 May 1945)  (divorced)
Parents Stanley Lupino
Connie Emerald

Trade Mark (2)

Calls everyone "Darling"
Her seductive, deep voice

Trivia (23)

Daughter of British revue star and film comedian Stanley Lupino and actress Connie Emerald. Lupino is an Italian surname. Her paternal ancestors came from Bologna, Italy. Her mother was born Constance Gladys O'Shea and was of Irish descent.
At age 34, Lupino gave birth to her only child, a daughter Bridget Mirella Duff (aka Bridget Duff) on April 23, 1952. Bridget's father was Lupino's third husband, actor Howard Duff. Bridget Duff weighed only 4 pounds at birth and almost died.
As rigid and tough-minded as Bette Davis, Lupino would often refuse to play a Davis hand-me-down role and was often suspended by Warner Brothers for doing so. It was during those breaks that she learned the craft of directing. Widely respected as a pioneer for women filmmakers, Lupino was the second woman to be admitted to the Director's Guild (Dorothy Arzner).
Arrived in the U.S. from England aboard the RMS Berengaria at New York on August 25, 1933 at age 15. At age ten, Lupino asked her father to construct a theater for her and her sister. The project resulted in an elaborate structure with electrical equipment, a pit, and seating for a hundred.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985". Pages 617-621. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Sister of Rita Lupino. Cousin of actor Richard Lupino and Lauri Lupino Lane. Second cousin of actor Wallace Lupino and Lupino Lane.
She was the only person to both appear in and direct episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959), acting in The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) and directing The Twilight Zone: The Masks (1964). She was also the only woman to have directed an episode of the series.
She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lydia Simoneschi, Renata Marini or Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Clelia Bernacchi, most notably in Hollywood Canteen (1944).
Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
Became lifelong friends with Mala Powers (whom she directed in Outrage (1950)). When Lupino died in 1995, Powers was named the executor of her estate. Lupino was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
Richard Boone told columnist Erskine Johnson in 1961 about her skills as a director, "Ida stimulates me as an actor because she knows acting. In a weekly show, you get into acting patterns. Ida gets you out of them.".
Lupino was originally scheduled to play Cassandra Tower in Kings Row (1942), but when Warner Brothers decided to loan her to 20th Century-Fox for two films, she was replaced by Betty Field.
She was almost completely bald.
Musician Paul Bley recorded a song in honor of her entitled "Ida Lupino", composed by his then-wife Carla Bley, for his 1965 album "Closer".
She was an active board member of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Lupino's house on Weddington St. in the Valley Village area of North Hollywood is shown in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018). The trailer for that film, "The Parallel Universe of Noir," concludes with the same house, followed by director Jordan Mohr setting up a shot. (An earlier Lupino residence, Ravenswood Apartments, is also shown in "Hollywood Mouth 3.").
Although accomplished as both a director and an actress, she preferred to keep these two functions separate, with The Bigamist (1953) being the exception in which she both starred and directed.
Her image appears on the cover of the music CD Electro Swing VIII released in 2015.
In May of 1934, the Los Angeles area experienced an epidemic of polio cases and on June 22, Lupino was stricken with a mild case of the disease. She was administered a serum and recovered within a couple of months.
She has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Outrage (1950) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953).
In 1974 there were plans to make a bio pic of Francis Farmer directed by Ida and staring Glenda Jackson.
In 1974 there were plans to make a bio pic of Frances Farmer to star Glenda Jackson and directed by Ida Lupino but it was never made.

Personal Quotes (5)

My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England - I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.
I'd love to see more women working as directors and producers. Today, it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power... I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right.
The beautiful thing about Warner Brothers when I was there was, I only worked with great people, actors, directors, producers. But when I left, nobody said goodbye.
[To Jack L. Warner after turning down a four year exclusive contract] I don't want to be told someday that I will be replaced by some starlet as I was told I would replace Bette [Davis].
[To a method actor] Darling, we have a three day schedule. There's no time to do anything but to do it.

Salary (2)

Out of the Fog (1941) $40,000
Deep Valley (1947) 95,000

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