Sue Carol

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Sue Carol
Sue Carol.jpg
pictured in 1931
Evelyn Jean Lederer[1]

(1906-10-30)October 30, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedFebruary 4, 1982(1982-02-04) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Actress
  • Talent agent
Years active1927–1937
  • Allen H. Keefer
    (m. 1924; div. 1929)
  • Nick Stuart
    (m. 1929; div. 1941)
  • Alan Ladd
    (m. 1942; died 1964)
Children3, including David Ladd

Sue Carol (October 30, 1906 – February 4, 1982) was an American actress and talent agent. While at a social function in Los Angeles in 1927, a director offered her a part in a film. She took it and began playing minor parts. Carol's film career lasted from the late 1920s into the 1930s; when it ended, she became a talent agent. The last of her three marriages was to one of her clients, Alan Ladd, from 1942 until his death in 1964.

Early life and career[edit]

Carol was born Evelyn Jean Lederer in Chicago, Illinois to Samuel and Caroline Lederer, Jewish emigrants from Austria and Germany, respectively. One of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, she performed in motion pictures from 1927 until 1937.[citation needed]

Among the movies in which she appeared are Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Girls Gone Wild (both 1929). Her films were made in association with producer Cecil B. DeMille and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After retiring from acting in the late 1930s, Carol established her own talent agency, the Sue Carol Agency.[2]

Personal life[edit]

As a young woman, Carol married Allen H. Keefer, a buyer for a Chicago stock yard firm, divorcing in early 1929. In July 1929, Carol became engaged to actor Nick Stuart, and the couple married that November. They had a daughter, actress Carol Lee Ladd (born 1932), who was briefly married to actor Richard Anderson.[3][4] In 1933, Sue Carol was cleared in a case involving the disappearance of a baby from a Brooklyn, New York, family. The family had complained that the baby had been taken for adoption in November 1932 by a woman who said she was acting on behalf of Carol.[citation needed]

She married actor Alan Ladd in 1942. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Alana Ladd Jackson (married to radio commentator Michael Jackson). Carol was also the stepmother of Alan Ladd, Jr. She was Alan Ladd's manager until his death by an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1964.[citation needed]


Carol died on February 4, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, from a heart attack and is interred next to Alan Ladd in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, in 1982, Carol has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1639 N. Vine Street. In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1927 Slaves of Beauty Dorothy Jones
1927 Soft Cushions The Girl
1928 The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris Sadye Cohen
1928 Skyscraper Sally
1928 Walking Back Patsy Schuyler
1928 Beau Broadway Mona
1928 Win That Girl Gloria Havens
1928 The Air Circus Sue Manning
1928 Captain Swagger Sue
1929 It Can Be Done Anne Rogers
1929 Girls Gone Wild Babs Holworthy
1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Alternative titles: Movietone Follies of 1929
The William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
1929 The Exalted Flapper Princess Izola
1929 Chasing Through Europe Linda Terry
1929 Why Leave Home? Mary
1930 The Lone Star Ranger Mary Aldridge
1930 The Big Party Flo Jenkins
1930 The Golden Calf Marybelle Cobb Alternative title: Her Golden Calf
1930 Dancing Sweeties Molly O'Neil
1930 She's My Weakness Miss Marie Thurber
1930 Check and Double Check Jean Blair
1931 Graft Constance Hall
1931 In Line of Duty Felice Duchene
1933 Secret Sinners Marjorie Dodd
1933 Straightaway Anna Reeves
1937 A Doctor's Diary Mrs. Mason


  1. ^ Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms (fifth edition)
  2. ^ "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72". The New York Times. February 6, 1982. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Carol Lee Ladd in Omnilexica
  4. ^ Interview with Sue Carol in Tucson Daily Citizen, p. 7, December 30, 1958.
  5. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated Archived October 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  • The New York Times, "Sue Carol To Wed Nick Stuart", July 23, 1929, Page 32.
  • The New York Times, "Sue Carol Secretly Wed", November 29, 1929, Page 27.
  • The New York Times, "Sue Carol Cleared In Baby Case", February 8, 1933, Page 17.
  • The New York Times, "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72", February 6, 1982, Page 16.

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