Publicity photo of Carol from Stars of the Photoplay (1930)
October 30, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 1982
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Occupation||Actress, talent agent|
|Spouse(s)||Allen H. Keefer (m. 1924; div. 1929)
Nick Stuart (m. 1929; div. 1941)
Alan Ladd (m. 1942; died 1964)
|Children||Carol Lee Ladd (b. 1932)
Alana Ladd Jackson (b. 1943)
David Ladd (b. 1947)
Sue Carol (October 30, 1906 – February 4, 1982) was an American actress and talent agent. While at a social function in Los Angeles in 1927, a director offered her a part in a film. She took it and began playing minor parts. Carol's film career lasted from the late 1920s into the 1930s, and when it ended she became a talent agent; one of her clients was Alan Ladd, to whom she was married from 1942 until his death in 1964.
Early life and career
Carol was born Evelyn Lederer in Chicago, Illinois to Caroline, a German Jewish immigrant, and Samuel Lederer, a Jewish immigrant from Austria. One of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, she performed in motion pictures from 1927 until 1937.
Among the movies in which she appeared are Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Girls Gone Wild (both 1929). Her films were made in association with producer Cecil B. DeMille and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After retiring from acting in the late 1930s, Carol established her own talent agency, the Sue Carol Agency.. Among her discoveries was Julie London.
As a young woman, Carol married Allen H. Keefer, a buyer for a Chicago stock yard firm, divorcing in early 1929. In July 1929, Carol became engaged to the actor Nick Stuart, and the couple married that November. They had a daughter, actress Carol Lee Ladd (born 1932, also known C.L. Stuart and C.L. Veitch), who was briefly married to actor Richard Anderson. In 1933, Sue Carol was cleared in a case involving the disappearance of a baby from a Brooklyn, New York, family. The family had complained that the baby had been taken for adoption in November 1932 by a woman who said she was acting on behalf of Carol.
She married actor Alan Ladd in 1942. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Alana Ladd Jackson (married to radio commentator Michael Jackson). Carol was also the stepmother of Alan Ladd, Jr. She was Alan Ladd's manager until his death by an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1964.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Carol has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1639 N. Vine Street. In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
|1927||Slaves of Beauty||Dorothy Jones|
|1927||Soft Cushions||The Girl|
|1928||Cohens and the Kellys in Paris, TheThe Cohens and the Kellys in Paris||Sadye Cohen|
|1928||Walking Back||Patsy Schuyler|
|1928||Win That Girl||Gloria Havens|
|1928||The Air Circus||Sue Manning|
|1929||It Can Be Done||Anne Rogers|
|1929||Girls Gone Wild||Babs Holworthy|
|1929||Fox Movietone Follies of 1929||Alternative titles: Movietone Follies of 1929
The William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
|1929||Exalted Flapper, TheThe Exalted Flapper||Princess Izola|
|1929||Chasing Through Europe||Linda Terry|
|1929||Why Leave Home?||Mary|
|1930||Lone Star Ranger, TheThe Lone Star Ranger||Mary Aldridge|
|1930||Big Party, TheThe Big Party||Flo Jenkins|
|1930||Her Golden Calf||Marybelle Cobb||Alternative title: The Golden Calf|
|1930||Dancing Sweeties||Molly O'Neil|
|1930||She's My Weakness||Miss Marie Thurber|
|1930||Check and Double Check||Jean Blair|
|1931||In Line of Duty||Felice Duchene|
|1933||Secret Sinners||Marjorie Dodd|
|1937||Doctor's Diary, AA Doctor's Diary||Mrs. Mason|
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol To Wed Nick Stuart", July 23, 1929, Page 32.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Secretly Wed", November 29, 1929, Page 27.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Cleared In Baby Case", February 8, 1933, Page 17.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72", February 6, 1982, Page 16.
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