Lenore Aubert

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Lenore Aubert
Lenore Aubert.jpg
Born Eleanore Maria Leisner
(1918-04-18)April 18, 1918
Celje, Slovenia
Died July 31, 1993(1993-07-31) (aged 75)
Great Neck, Long Island, New York, U.S.
Years active 1938-1952
Known for Dr. Sandra Mornay
Notable work Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Spouse(s) Julius Altman
(m. 1938; div. 1956)

Milton Greene
(m. 1959; div. 1974)

Lenore Aubert (April 18, 1918[note 1][1] – July 31, 1993) was a model and Hollywood actress best known for her movie roles as exotic, mysterious women.

Early years[edit]

Aubert was born Eleanore Maria Leisner[1] in what is now Celje, Slovenia, but at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She grew up in Vienna.

Career[edit]

In New York, she found work as a model and was eventually offered a stage role as Lorraine Sheldon in The Man Who Came to Dinner[2] at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. She began her U.S. film career in the early 1940s, taking the French-sounding screen name Lenore Aubert.

Her European accent limited her choice of roles, and she played such parts as a Nazi spy and a French war bride. She was most fond of her role in the 1947 film I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, playing glamorous entertainer Fritzi Barrington.[3] Her best-known role was as Dr. Sandra Mornay, a beautiful but sinister scientist, in the 1948 horror-comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Later years[edit]

Aubert's film career was basically over by the end of the 1940s. She and her husband then moved back to New York City, starting a garment business. A few years later, the couple divorced. She went back to Europe, only to return to the United States in 1959.

She did volunteer work for the United Nations Activities and Housing Section and the Museum of Natural History. In 1983, she suffered a stroke, which eventually impaired her memory.

Much of Aubert's life after her film career is known from a personal interview in August 1987 by Jim McPherson (1938-2002) of the Toronto Sun. He was editor of the Sun's TV listings magazine from its launch in 1973 until his retirement in 1994.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Aubert was married to Julius Altman, who was Jewish, and the couple fled Austria after the Anschluss to escape Nazi persecution. They moved to the United States after spending time in Paris.[1]

She returned to the United States as the wife of millionaire Milton Greene. They divorced in 1974.

Death[edit]

Abuert died in 1993.

Filmography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The book Women in Horror Films, 1940s says that Aubert was born "on April 18, 1913 (although 1918 was given in publicity)."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1940s. McFarland. pp. 367–378. ISBN 9781476609553. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Erskine (October 14, 1943). "Hollywood Doings". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 4. Retrieved August 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ http://issuu.com/www.billcappello.com/docs/lenore_aubert
  4. ^ http://billcappello.blogspot.com/2008/02/lenore-aubert.html
  5. ^ http://torontosunfamily.blogspot.com/2007/10/departed-1.html

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