Jennifer Holt

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Jennifer Holt
Jennifer Holt.jpg
Born Elizabeth Marshall Holt
November 10, 1920
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Died September 21, 1997 (aged 76)
Dorset, England, UK
Spouse(s) William Ritchey (1943-1944)
William Bakewell (1946-1948)

Jennifer Holt (November 10, 1920 – September 21, 1997) was an American actress.

Early years[edit]

Born Elizabeth Marshall Holt[1] in Hollywood, California to actor Jack Holt[2] and his wife, Margaret Woods. She and her brother Tim would both have careers in acting.

Film[edit]

Holt made her film debut using the stage name "Jacqueline Holt" in a 1941 western starring Hopalong Cassidy. A 1942 newspaper article reported, "Jennifer Holt ... has been signed to a long term contract with Universal."[2] Her film singing debut came in Tenting Tonight On The Old Camp Ground in 1943. She sang Cielito Lindo while portraying an entertainer.[3]

She went on to make 47 films during the 1940s. All but eight of her roles were in western films in which she appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Lash LaRue, Tex Ritter and Johnny Mack Brown.

Although the popularity of western films had faded by the mid-1950s, during the 1970s western film festivals became popular with fans of the genre and she occasionally participated as a guest.

Television[edit]

After making her final film in 1949, in 1950 Holt co-hosted a television show called Panhandle Pete and Jennifer which ran for one season. During the remainder of the 1950s she made occasional guest appearances on television western series such as The Gabby Hayes Show and Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson.

Recognition[edit]

In 1984, she was posthumously honored by the Golden Boot Awards for her contributions to western cinema.

Personal life[edit]

Holt was married several times, living for a while in Mexico. Her first husband was Marine Major William M. Ritchey, from whom she sought a divorce after having been married four months.[4] The divorce was granted August 4, 1944.[5] She married actor William Bakewell September 29, 1946.[6] She filed suit for divorce from Bakewell April 23, 1948.[7] The divorce was granted June 10, 1948.[8]

Death[edit]

Holt was in Dorset in England at the time of her death in 1997.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jack Holt Dies". Tyrone Daily Herald. January 19, 1951. p. 4. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ a b "Holt's Daughter in Films". The Ottawa Journal. March 21, 1942. p. 24. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Film Thriller at the Liberty". The Times Recorder. April 18, 1943. p. 23. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Marine Ace Faces Divorce". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 19, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Marine Flier Divorced By Jennifer Holt". The San Bernardino County Sun. August 5, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "Jennifer Holt to Wed Wm. Bakewell". The Times. September 24, 1946. p. 9. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Jennifer Holt Seeks Divorce". The Indiana Gazette. April 24, 1948. p. 23. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Actress Says Husband Too Stingy With Her Money". Alton Evening Telegraph. June 11, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved October 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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