Dolores Moran

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Dolores Moran
Dolores Moran.jpg
Pinup photo of Moran in Yank, the Army Weekly (1944)
Born (1924-01-27)January 27, 1924
Stockton, California, U.S.
Died February 5, 1982(1982-02-05) (aged 58)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death lung cancer
Resting place Westwood Memorial Park
Occupation Actress
Years active 1942–1954
Spouse(s) Benedict Bogeaus (1946–1962)
Children Brett Benedict (b. 1948)
Dolores Moran with husband Benedict Bogeaus, ca. 1950s

Dolores Moran (January 27, 1924 – February 5, 1982) was an American film actress and model.

Film career[edit]

When Moran was 16 years old, Warner Bros. signed her to a seven-year contract.[1]

Moran's brief career as a film actress began in 1942 with some uncredited roles in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy (as "the Pippirino", with whom George blows off a date to go with Mary). By 1943, she had become a popular pin-up girl and appeared on the cover of such magazines as Yank. She was given supporting roles in films, such as Old Acquaintance (1943) with Bette Davis, and Warner Bros. attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with Lauren Bacall as a new screen personality when they co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished, and her subsequent films did little to further her career; this probably had something to do with Howard Hawks' decision to marginalize Moran in order to boost the screen presence of Bacall, excising some of Moran's scenes.

The Horn Blows at Midnight gave her a leading role with Jack Benny and Alexis Smith, but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the John Payne and Lizabeth Scott western film Silver Lode.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the film producer Benedict E. Bogeaus in Salome, Arizona, in 1946. Their son, Brett Benedict, born August 30, 1948, in Hollywood, later became a successful businessman. They divorced in 1962; he died of a heart attack in 1968.[2]

Moran had an affair with director Howard Hawks while filming To Have and Have Not, which Hawks undertook mainly as revenge for his rejection by Bacall in favor of Bogart, and she also had an affair with actor Mickey Rooney in 1943, after he divorced Ava Gardner.

In 1982, Dolores Moran died of cancer. She was survived by her son, sister, and mother.


Year Title Role Studio Director
1942 Winning Your Wings Blonde at Dance Indie John Huston
Yankee Doodle Dandy Girl WB Michael Curtiz
1943 The Hard Way Young Blonde WB Vincent Sherman
Three Cheers for the Girls Blonde Chorus Girl (segment "Framing Story") WB Busby Berkeley, Jean Negulesco
Old Acquaintance Deirdre Drake WB Vincent Sherman
1944 The Last Ride Molly Stevens WB D. Ross Lederman
To Have and Have Not Mme. Hellene de Bursac WB Howard Hawks
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Violinist/Fran Blackstone WB Raoul Walsh
Too Young to Know Patsy O'Brien WB Frederick De Cordova
1947 The Man I Love Gloria O'Connor WB Raoul Walsh
Christmas Eve Jean Bradford UA Edwin L. Marin
1950 Johnny One-Eye Lily White UA Robert Florey
1953 Count the Hours Paula Mitchener RKO Don Siegel
1954 Silver Lode Dolly RKO Allan Dwan


  1. ^ "Man She Doesn't Remember Leaves Fortune to Actress". The Amarillo Globe-Times. Texas, Amarillo. Associated Press. December 18, 1968. p. 10. Retrieved April 29, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Willis, John (1969). Screen World: 1969. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 232. ISBN 9780819603104. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 

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