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Pinup photo of Moran in Yank, the Army Weekly (1944)
January 27, 1924|
Stockton, California, U.S.
|Died||February 5, 1982
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||lung cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Benedict Bogeaus (1946–1962)|
|Children||Brett Benedict (b. 1948)|
Dolores Moran (January 27, 1924 – February 5, 1982) was an American film actress and model.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
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