June 3, 1913|
Buckley, Washington, U.S.
|Died||February 15, 2002
Rolling Hills, California
|Spouse(s)||Kenneth Higgins (1937-1973) 2 daughters|
Lucille Lund was born in Buckley, Washington to Oluf and Laura (Skjelkvale) Lund, and was of Norwegian descent. She began her theatrical career as a child doing play extracts and readings. After leaving school she joined a stock company, the Henry Duffy Players, and toured up and down the Pacific Coast. She then studied drama at Northwestern University in Chicago. Lund studied drama while attending Northwestern University.
In 1933 she won a nationwide contest, "The Most Beautiful College Coed", which included a small Universal Pictures contract as a prize. Her first film was Horseplay in 1933, in which she had a minor role, with her first noticeable film being opposite Robert Young in the 1933 movie Saturday's Millions.
In 1934 she starred in six films. That year she starred in The Black Cat, a horror film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. She also starred in the lead role opposite Reb Russell in Range Warfare, and would be named a "WAMPAS Baby Star". Of the thirteen girls selected that year to be "WAMPAS Baby Stars", only four would see any success as actresses. It was the last year that "WAMPAS" selected actresses for that title.
Lund had roles in twenty-one films from 1935 through 1939, many of which were B-movies. Of her last four films, however, she was uncredited in three. She married Kenneth Higgins, and would continue acting in commercials well into her 50s.
In 1997 she took part in the documentary Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula, about the life and career of Bela Lugosi. In 2000 Lund took part in the documentary I Used to be in Pictures, which featured many actresses from the early years of Hollywood, which included Beverly Roberts, Muriel Evans and Miriam Seegar, in addition to Lund and others. The documentary searched into Hollywood's early beginnings, and its pioneers. It would be Lund's last on-camera work. She died at her home in Rolling Hills, California in 2002, aged 88.
- Lucille Lund at the Internet Movie Database
- Lucille Lund at AllMovie
- Northwestern University Lucille Lund