Abbe Lane

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Abbe Lane
Abbe Lane 1961.JPG
Lane in 1961
Abigail Francine Lassman

(1932-12-14) December 14, 1932 (age 89)
Other namesAbbe Marshall
OccupationSinger, dancer, actress
(m. 1952; div. 1964)
Perry Leff
(m. 1964)

Abbe Lane (born Abigail Francine Lassman;[1] December 14, 1932) is an American singer and actress. Lane was known in the 1950s and 1960s for her revealing outfits and sultry style of performing. She was the fourth wife of Latin bandleader and musician Xavier Cugat.

Early years[edit]

Born to a Jewish family[2] in Brooklyn, New York, Lane began her career at the age of four as a child actress on Vitaphone and radio. She began singing and dancing on Broadway.[3][unreliable source?] On Broadway she portrayed Bobo in Oh Captain! (1958).[4]

Early in her career, Lane was billed as "Abbe Marshall".[5][6] Using that name, she appeared in the Broadway shows Barefoot Boy with Cheek (1947) and As the Girls Go (1948).[7]

Acting and singing[edit]

Abbe Lane with her husband Xavier Cugat

Because of her work in Europe, Lane was known as an actress before she became recognized for her singing and dancing. She had a television program in Europe and made 21 films there early in her career.[8]

In 1952 Lane married bandleader Xavier Cugat, who was 32 years her senior. During the 1950s and early 60s she worked as a nightclub singer and was described in a 1963 magazine article as "the swingingest sexpot in show business."[9] Cugat's influence was seen in her music, which favored Latin and rumba styles. In 1958 she starred opposite Tony Randall in the Broadway musical Oh, Captain! but her recording contract prevented her from appearing on the original cast album of the show. Eileen Rodgers performed her songs for the cast LP; Lane later recorded her songs on a solo album. Lane made several recordings for RCA Victor and Mercury. She worked with Tito Puente on the album Be Mine Tonight released in 1958. She appeared on talk shows with Cugat until 1963.[citation needed] In 1964, Lane and Cugat divorced. They had no children together during their marriage.[10] That same year Lane married Perry Leff.[11]

Lane attracted attention for her suggestive comments, such as "'Jayne Mansfield may turn boys into men, but I take them from there." She said she was considered "too sexy in Italy". Her costume for an appearance on the Jackie Gleason Show was considered too revealing and she was instructed to wear something else. She was a guest on the television shows of Red Skelton, Dean Martin and Jack Benny.[12]

In the later 1960s Lane starred in several Italian films. She performed on television variety programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Steve Allen Show, The Jack Paar Program, The Mike Douglas Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson from the 1950s into the 1970s. She played guest roles in Naked City, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Flying Nun, F Troop, The Brady Bunch, Hart to Hart, and Vega$. Her last movie appearance was in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) in the minor role of an airline stewardess.

Later years[edit]

In 1992, Lane wrote the semi-autobiographical novel But Where Is Love? which described the painful memories of a teenage girl married to an older man.[13]

Lane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6381 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to television.


As leader[edit]

  • Be Mine Tonight, with Tito Puente and His Orchestra (RCA Victor, 1957)
  • The Lady in Red, with Sid Ramin's Orchestra (RCA Victor, 1958)
  • Where There's a Man, with Sid Ramin and His Orchestra (RCA Victor, 1959)
  • Abbe Lane with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (Mercury, 1961)
  • The Many Sides of Abbe Lane (Mercury, 1964)
  • Rainbows (Butterfly Records, 1980)
    • Compilation: Pan, Amor Y .... (RCA, 1981)

With Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra

  • Dance Time with Xavier Cugat (RCA Victor, 1953)
  • Cha Cha Cha (Philips, 1955)


Year Title Role Notes
1949 A Night of Fame
1953 Wings of the Hawk Elena Noriega
1954 Ride Clear of Diablo Kate
1955 The Americano Teresa
1955 Chicago Syndicate Connie Peters
1956 The Wanderers Dolores
1956 Time of Vacation Dolores
1956 The Bachelor Herself
1956 Donatella Herself
1957 Parola di ladro Lalla / Adelaide L'amour
1957 Susana y yo Susana Garcés
1957 The Lady Doctor Dottoressa Brigitte Bellomo
1957 A sud niente di nuovo Jane
1958 Maracaibo Elena Holbrook
1958 Marinai, donne e guai Manuela
1959 Totò, Eva e il pennello proibito Eva
1959 Sunset in Naples Eugenia Fougère
1959 Roulotte e roulette Rossana Possenti
1960 I baccanali di Tiberio Cinthia O'Connor
1960 My Friend, Dr. Jekyll Mafalda
1962 Julius Caesar Against the Pirates Plauzia
1963 The Lightship
1967 The Cricket on the Hearth Moll TV movie
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Sr. Stewardess (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")


  • Lane, Abbe (1992). But Where Is Love?: A Novel. Warner Books. ISBN 978-0446515986.


  1. ^ Goodall, H. Lloyd (2006). A Need to Know: The Clandestine History of a CIA Family. Left Coast Press. p. 146. ISBN 9781598740417. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ Saunders, Dick (May 7, 1975). "Abbe Lane rebels against her sexy image". The Miami News. Florida, Miami. Chicago Sun Times Service. p. 62. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Abbe Lane: A Child Star Who Grew Up a LOT". December 14, 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Abbe Lane". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ Parsons, Louella (January 25, 1950). "Louella Parsons In Hollywood". Courier-Post. New Jersey, Camden. p. 12. Retrieved 6 February 2019 – via
  6. ^ Kilgallen, Dorothy (April 7, 1964). "Cougat Implores Abbe To Return". The Miami News. Florida, Miami. p. 10. Retrieved 6 February 2019 – via
  7. ^ "Abbe Marshall". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ Pesmen, Sandra (November 21, 1974). "That Beverly Hills housewife is really singer Abbe Lane". The Minneapolis Star. Minnesota, Minneapolis. Chicago Daily News. p. 10. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via
  9. ^ Thistle, Frank (1963). "The Swingingest Sexpot In Show Business". Adam. Knight Publishing. 7 (4).
  10. ^ "Abbe Lane Wins Divorce". June 4, 1964.
  11. ^ "Abbe Lane".
  12. ^ MacKenzie, Carina (23 June 2010). "Abbe Lane: Hollywood Star Walk". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Infusino, Divina. "SEEKING CATHARSIS".

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