Lois Moran

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Lois Moran
Lois Moran.jpg
Lois Moran (Carl Van Vechten photo, 1932)
Born Lois Darlington Dowling
March 1, 1909
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died July 13, 1990, age 81
Sedona, Arizona, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Clarence M. Young
Children 1 son
Parent(s) Roger Dowling and Gladys Evans Dowling

Lois Moran (March 1, 1909 – July 13, 1990) was an American film and stage actress.[1]

Early years[edit]

Moran was born Lois Darlington Dowling[2] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Roger Dowling and Gladys Evans Dowling. When Moran was one year old, her father died in an automobile accident. A few years later, her mother married Dr. Timothy Moran. She suffered a second loss at age 9, when her stepfather (whom she later described as "my dearest person in the world next to mother") died from influenza.[3]

She attended Seton Hill Academy in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.[3] In 1921, when Lois was 12, she and her mother moved to Paris, France, with funding provided by Lois's great-aunt.[3]:8-9


Moran's stage activities included singing and dancing at the Paris National Opera[4] when she was 13 years old.[5]

Her Broadway credits include Of Thee I Sing (1931) and This Is New York (1930).[6]


Moran's film career began when she made her first film in Paris at age 14.[5] She is probably best known for her role as Laurel Dallas, daughter of the title character, in the 1925 film Stella Dallas, which was her Hollywood film debut.[4]

She appeared in early sound movies such as Behind That Curtain (1929), and some musical movies, such as A Song of Kentucky (1929), Words and Music (1929), and Mammy (1930). She then moved to Broadway, where she appeared in the straight play, This is New York (1930), and the musicals, Of Thee I Sing (1933) and Let 'Em Eat Cake (1934).


Moran also had a co-starring role in the short-lived TV series Waterfront (1954–1955). It starred Preston Foster as Capt. John Herrick, and Moran as his wife May Herrick.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1935, she married Clarence M. Young, Assistant Secretary of Commerce,[5] temporarily retiring from her acting career. They had one son, Timothy.[1]


Moran died at a nursing home in Sedona, Arizona after suffering from cancer.[5] She was cremated, and her ashes were scattered in the Red Rock country in Arizona.[8] She was survived by her son, Timothy.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lois Moran Young Dead at 81; Musical Star and Movie Actress" (July 15, 1990) New York Times
  2. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 335. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Buller, Richard P. (2005). A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 5–6. ISBN 9780879103125. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Tyler, Don (2007). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. p. 446. ISBN 9780786429462. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Actress Lois Moran, 81". Chicago Tribune. New York Times News Service. July 17, 1990. Archived from the original on March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "("Lois Moran" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on March 6, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1154. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 529. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 

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