Sue Carol

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Sue Carol
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Carol in 1931
Evelyn Jean Lederer[1]

(1906-10-30)October 30, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedFebruary 4, 1982(1982-02-04) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Actress
  • talent agent
Years active1927–1937
  • Allen H. Keefer
    (m. 1924; div. 1929)
  • (m. 1929; div. 1934)
  • Harold Wilson
    (m. 1936; div. 1942)
  • (m. 1942; died 1964)
Children3, including David Ladd

Sue Carol (born Evelyn Jean Lederer, October 30, 1906 – February 4, 1982) was an American actress and talent agent. Carol's film career lasted from the late 1920s into the 1930s; when it ended, she became a talent agent. The last of her four 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.

While Carol was in Hollywood on vacation, a director offered her a screen test that resulted in a contract with Fox.[2] She took it and began playing minor parts.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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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. [6] The Stuarts divorced in 1934. On Oct. 30, 1936 in Los Angeles, Carol married for the third time to fellow actor William Harold Wilson. That marriage also ended in divorce.[citation needed]

She married actor Alan Ladd on March 15, 1942, in Mexico.[2] 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.[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.[citation needed]

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.[7]


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


  1. ^ Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms (fifth edition)
  2. ^ a b Lowrance, Dee (July 12, 1942). "This is My Husband". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. p. 28. Retrieved January 24, 2020 – via
  3. ^ "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72". The New York Times. February 6, 1982. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Carol Lee Ladd in Omnilexica
  5. ^ Interview with Sue Carol in Tucson Daily Citizen, p. 7, December 30, 1958.
  6. ^ "Sue Carol Cleared in Baby Case". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  7. ^ 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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