Leslie Brooks

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Leslie Brooks
Leslie Brooks in Blonde Ice.jpg
in Blonde Ice (1948)
Born Virginia Gettman
(1922-07-13)July 13, 1922
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Died July 1, 2011(2011-07-01) (aged 88)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Other names Lorraine Gettman
Occupation Actress, model, dancer
Years active 1941–1948; 1971
Spouse(s) Donald Anthony Shay (1945–1948; divorced); 1 child
Russ Vincent (1950–2011; her death); 3 children
Children Leslie Victoria Shay (b. 1945)
Dorena Marla Vincent (b. 1954)
Gina L. Vincent (b. 1956)
Darla R. Vincent (b. 1960)[1]

Leslie Brooks (July 13, 1922 – July 1, 2011) was an American film actress, model and dancer.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska as Virginia Gettman, her parents brought her to Southern California at an early age, where around 1940 she started work as a photographic model. At the beginning of her showbiz career she appeared as Lorraine Gettman.[2]

As Leslie Brooks, she began appearing in movie bit roles for Columbia in 1941. Brooks started landing more sizable parts in such movies as Nine Girls (1944), Cover Girl (1944), and the lead in the film noir classic Blonde Ice (1948). She retired from films in 1949, but returned to make one last film in 1971.

Personal life[edit]

Brooks was married twice and had four daughters. She wed her first husband, actor Donald Anthony Shay, January 6, 1945, in Beverly Hills, California.[3]


Brooks died on July 1, 2011 at the age of 88 in Sherman Oaks, California.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/show/37/Leslie+Brooks/index.html
  2. ^ Todd, John (May 29, 1945). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Tipton Daily Tribune. Indiana, Tipton. International News Service. p. 2. Retrieved July 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Actress Leslie Brooks And Donald Shay Wed". Cumberland Evening Times. Maryland, Cumberland. Associated Press. January 8, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved July 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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