Lona Andre

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Lona Andre
Lona Andre.jpg
Born Launa Anderson
(1915-03-02)March 2, 1915
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died September 18, 1992(1992-09-18) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1933–1947
Spouse(s) Edward Norris (June 1935) (divorced)
Richard E. Patton (1942 - ?)
James T. Bolling (divorced March 1947)

Lona Andre (March 2, 1915 – September 18, 1992) was an American film actress.


Born Launa Anderson[1] in Nashville, Tennessee, Andre attracted attention with her first films in Hollywood and was named as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932. After a strong finish in the Paramount Panther Woman Contest- won by Kathleen Burke - she was signed to a movie contract by Paramount Pictures. When Paramount did not renew her option, Andre worked as a freelance artist.

During the 1930s she appeared frequently in films, usually as the lead in "B" pictures, and by the end of the decade had starred in more than fifty films.

In 1934 Andre was part of the cast of School For Girls along with Toby Wing, Lois Wilson, Sidney Fox, and Dorothy Lee and in 1936 appeared alongside Laurel and Hardy in their feature film Our Relations.

In June 1935, Andre eloped to Santa Barbara, California to marry MGM actor Edward Norris. Andre filed for an annulment action four days after her marriage in Tijuana, Mexico.[2] In October 1942, she married Richard E. Patton.[3] She was later married to salesman, James T. Bolling, and was divorced from him in March 1947. (An Associated Press story dated May 23, 1947, reported that a judge granted the divorce "yesterday", which would have been May 22, 1947.)[4]

In 1938 Andre set a world's golfing record for women by shooting 156 holes of golf in 11 hours and 56 minutes on the Lake Norconian, California course. Her best round was 91 for 18 holes and her worst was 115.[5]

Her acting career was greatly diminished during the 1940s, and she made her last film appearance in 1949 in Two Knights from Brooklyn. After her film career ended she became a successful businesswoman and never returned to acting.

She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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  1. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 22. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Hollywood Round-Up". The News-Herald. Pennsylvania, Franklin. United Press. October 21, 1935. p. 4. Retrieved April 29, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Marriages". Billboard. November 28, 1942. p. 27. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lona Andre Gets Divorce". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. Associated Press. May 23, 1947. p. 8. Retrieved April 29, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ ""The Norconian Resort Supreme" (in 1938 actress Lona Andre established the women’s world golfing record by shooting 156 holes of golf in 11 hours and 56 minutes)". VividlyVintage.com. July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  • Los Angeles Times, "Change Of Mind Balks Marriage", November 2, 1933, Page 17.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Musical Picture Tops Program On Pantages Screen", October 18, 1934, Page 19.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Daughter Trio Elope; Cupid Snares Mother", June 7, 1935, Page A1.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Lona Andre's Marriage Ends With Annulment", October 19, 1935, Page A3.
  • Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner, "Going Hollywood", October 28, 1938, Page 9.
  • Syracuse Herald-Journal, "Big Phone Bill Wins Divorce", March 23, 1947, Page 104.

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