Kathleen Burke

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Kathleen B. Burke
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Kathleen Burke as Lota the "Panther Woman" in Island of Lost Souls
Born (1913-09-05)September 5, 1913
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
Died April 9, 1980(1980-04-09) (aged 66)
Columbus Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1932–1938
Spouse(s) Glen Nelson Rardin (1933-1934) (divorced)
Jose Torres Fernandez (1936-?) (divorced) 1 child
Forrest L. Smith

Kathleen B. Burke (September 5, 1913 — April 9, 1980) was an American movie actress of the 1930s, and former model.

Burke worked as a dental assistant in Chicago, before winning a talent contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures to play Lota the "Panther Woman" in Island of Lost Souls (released December 1932), the first screen version of H.G. Wells's novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. The contest, announced in July 1932, allegedly had 60,000 applicants from around the country. Burke was announced as the winner on September 29.

This success led to more than a score of screen appearances over the following six years, most notably as the leading lady in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) opposite Gary Cooper, and The Last Outpost with Cary Grant that same year. Her final film role was in 1938, whereupon she retired from screen acting at the age of 25.[1]



  1. ^ Kathleen Burke; findagrave.com retrieved July 29, 2015

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