Lola Albright

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Lola Albright
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Albright as Edie Hart, 1959.
Born Lola Jean Albright
(1925-07-20) July 20, 1925 (age 89)[1]
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Other names Lois Jean Albright
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1947–1984
Spouse(s) Jack Carson (m. 1952–58) (divorced)
Bill Chadney (m. 1961–75) (divorced)

Lola Jean Albright (born July 20, 1925, Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress.

Albright worked as a model before moving to Hollywood. She began her motion picture career with a bit part in the 1947 film The Unfinished Dance, and followed it (after several unbilled parts) with an important role in the acclaimed 1949 hit Champion. For the next several years, she appeared in secondary roles in over twenty films, including several 'B' Westerns. Albright also acted in guest roles in several television series, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Medical Center, Kojak, Columbo, McMillan & Wife, Quincy, M.E., Starsky and Hutch and The Incredible Hulk.

In 1958, she won the role of Edie Hart on Peter Gunn, a television detective series produced by Blake Edwards and with the theme music that made Henry Mancini famous. Albright played a nightclub singer who was the romantic interest of Peter Gunn, played by Craig Stevens. In 1959 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series. Her role required singing and led to the 1957 release of her music album Lola Wants You, as well as her album 1959 Dreamsville, in which her songs were accompanied by Henry Mancini and his orchestra.[2][3]

Albright's popularity led to several major film roles, including Elvis Presley's 1962 film, Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins by director René Clément; and the epic western The Way West.

In 1964, she appeared as Duff Daniels in the episode "Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones" with her former Peter Gunn co-star Craig Stevens in his short-lived CBS drama Mr. Broadway.

In 1966, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Lord Love a Duck.[4]

Albright temporarily replaced Dorothy Malone as Constance Mackenzie on the hit primetime soap opera Peyton Place, when Malone had to undergo emergency surgery. Albright continued to perform both in films and as a television guest actor until her retirement in the mid 1980s.

Family life[edit]

Albright married three times. The name of her first husband is unknown. Her second husband was actor Jack Carson from 1951 to 1958. That marriage ended in divorce. Her third and final marriage was to Bill Chadney, a co-star on Peter Gunn. The ceremony took place on May 20, 1961 at the Tropicana Las Vegas. That marriage ended in divorce in 1975. She has no children.

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Notes

  1. ^ 1925 year of birth as she was 4 years old in the 1930 United States census (in April 1930; her 5th birthday would have been three months later); also: 85 years old on August 28, 2010 as per Intelius
  2. ^ Lola Albright. "Lola Wants You". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Lola Albright with Henry Mancini and his orchestra. "Dreamsville". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Brlinale 1966: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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