Lorna Gray

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Born Virginia Pound
(1917-07-26) July 26, 1917 (age 97)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Other names Lorna Gray, Adrian Booth, Adrian Brian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–1951

Lorna Gray (born July 26, 1917, as Virginia Pound) is an American film actress known for her comic roles, and later as a villainess. She is best known for her roles in Columbia Pictures comedy shorts and Republic Pictures serials. She has been known as Adrian Booth since 1945.

Career[edit]

She was born Virginia Pound in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before appearing in films, Gray sang with a group in Cleveland called Ben Yost's Varsity Coeds, who performed primarily in movie theaters before the movie began. Although she had a film test at Universal Studios and a brief contract with Paramount Pictures, she made her first big film for Columbia Pictures.

Curly Howard shaves a wealthy socialite (Ann Doran) in Three Sappy People. Gray (center) looks on.

As a Columbia contract player she appeared in the studio's shorts and serials, including Flying G-Men (starring Robert Paige), Pest from the West (starring Buster Keaton), and You Nazty Spy! (starring The Three Stooges). When her Columbia contract lapsed, she found work at Monogram Pictures, where she worked with action star Frankie Darro.[1]

Gray also starred opposite John Wayne in Red River Range (1938) and appeared in the title role in O, My Darling Clementine (1943), a country music film starring Roy Acuff as a singing sheriff.[2]

In her Paramount films, such as Hold 'Em Navy, she was credited as Virginia Pound, but she was given the name Lorna Gray by Columbia and she used it from 1938 until 1945, when she left Columbia and moved to Republic Pictures. She appeared as Lorna Gray in Republic's Federal Operator 99, but subsequently adopted the name Adrian Booth, which she has used ever since.[3]

She married actor David Brian and retired from motion pictures. As Adrian Booth, she was awarded the Golden Boot Award in 1998 and has been attending film festivals into her nineties.[3] She appeared as a guest at the annual Three Stooges convention held in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 2011.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adrian Booth biography". Republic Pictures 75th. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lorna Gray/Adrian Booth". B-Westerns. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Yo, Adrian! Adrian Booth at the Memphis Film Festival" The Blood-shot Eye (2007)

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