Lola Albright

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Lola Albright
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Albright as Edie Hart, 1959.
Born Lola Jean Albright
(1924-07-20) July 20, 1924 (age 91)[1]
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1947–1984
Spouse(s) ? (a radio executive) (1944-1949)[2]
Jack Carson (m. 1952–58) (divorced)
Bill Chadney (m. 1961–75) (divorced)

Lola Jean Albright (born July 20, 1924) is an American singer and actress.

Born in Akron, Ohio to John Paul and Marion (née Harvey) Albright, Lola worked as a model before moving to Hollywood. Her motion picture career began with a bit part in the 1947 film The Unfinished Dance, and gained notice in the 1949 film Champion. For the next several years, she appeared in secondary roles in over twenty films, including several 'B' Westerns.

Albright made guest appearances in such television series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Medical Center, Kojak, Columbo, McMillan & Wife, Quincy, M.E., Starsky and Hutch and The Incredible Hulk.[3]

In 1958, she was cast on Peter Gunn, the television detective series produced by Blake Edwards and scored by Henry Mancini. Albright played Edie Hart, a nightclub singer and the romantic interest of Peter Gunn (Craig Stevens), gaining a 1959 Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series. The part directly led to her music albums accompanied by Henry Mancini and his orchestra, including Lola Wants You (1957)[4] and Dreamsville (1959).[5]

Roles followed in major films including Elvis Presley's 1962 film Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins (director René Clément), and the 1967 western epic The Way West. In 1966, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Lord Love a Duck.[6]

In 1964, she appeared with former Peter Gunn co-star Craig Stevens on his short-lived CBS drama Mr. Broadway (episode "Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones"). When Dorothy Malone had to undergo emergency surgery in 1966, Alright filled for her as Constance Mackenzie on the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place.

Albright continued to perform both in films and television guest appearances until her retirement in the mid-1980s.[3]

Family life[edit]

Albright married and divorced three times, having no children.[3] The name of her first husband is unknown. Her second husband was actor Jack Carson (1951 to 1958). Her third marriage was to Bill Chadney (1961-1975), who played Emmett, the piano player on Peter Gunn.



Short subjects:

  • The Soundman (1950)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Cowboy Stars (1955)
  • Filmmaking on the Riviera (1964)


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed November 25, 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c Lola Albright at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Lola Albright. "Lola Wants You". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Lola Albright with Henry Mancini and his orchestra. "Dreamsville". Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brlinale 1966: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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