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Iris Adrian

Iris Adrian (May 29, 1912September 17, 1994) was an American film actress.

Born in Los Angeles, California as Iris Adrian Hofstadter, Adrian won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies, before she entered films at the end of the silent era in Chasing Husbands (1928).

During the 1930s she specialised in playing glamorous gold-diggers and gangsters' "molls", and played supporting roles in numerous features. She was considered a versatile actress, who could play drama or comedy, and she was also regarded as a capable dancer, dancing in a couple of films with George Raft. She also appeared on several radio programs, including serving as a regular on the Abbott and Costello Show.

She continued to act regularly without achieving star status and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in more than one hundred films. In her later years she appeared in several Walt Disney films, including That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A. and Freaky Friday. She also played numerous guest roles in such television series as Get Smart, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Munsters, The Love Boat, The Lucy Show and The Jack Benny Show.

She was married three times, the first time to Charles Over in 1935 (divorced in 1936), the second to George Jay (also divorced), and her final marriage was to Ray (Fido) Murphy which lasted over 30 years. She had no children.

Known for sense of humour, she wryly commented in an interview late in her life that the only thing she did not like about aging was that she could no longer attract gangsters.

Adrian died in Los Angeles, from injuries she sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake nine months earlier, and was interred in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Filmography

Features

  • The Vagabond King (1930)
  • Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
  • Paramount on Parade (1930)
  • Let's Go Native (1930)
  • Rumba (1935)
  • Stolen Harmony (1935)
  • The Gay Deception (1935)
  • Grand Exit (1935)
  • Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
  • A Message to Garcia (1936)
  • One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
  • Stage Struck (1936)
  • Lady Luck (1936)
  • Mister Cinderella (1936)
  • Our Relations (1936)
  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • One Third of a Nation (1939)
  • Back Door to Heaven (1939)
  • Meet the Wildcat (1940)
  • Go West (1940)
  • Meet the Chump (1941)
  • Horror Island (1941)
  • Road to Zanzibar (1941)
  • The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
  • Too Many Blondes (1941)
  • Wild Geese Calling (1941)
  • Swing It Soldier (1941)
  • Sing Another Chorus (1941)
  • Hard Guy (1941)
  • New York Town (1941)
  • I Killed That Man (1941)
  • Roxie Hart (1942)
  • To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
  • Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
  • Juke Box Jenny (1942)
  • Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Broadway (1942)
  • Moonlight Masquerade (1942)
  • Orchestra Wives (1942)
  • Highways by Night (1942)
  • Thunder Birds (1942)
  • The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Calaboose (1943)
  • He's My Guy (1943)
  • Ladies' Day (1943)
  • Taxi, Mister (1943)
  • Lady of Burlesque (1943)
  • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
  • Hers to Hold (1943)
  • Submarine Base (1943)
  • Spotlight Revue (1943)
  • His Butler's Sister (1943)
  • Career Girl (1944)
  • Million Dollar Kid (1944)
  • Shake Hands with Murder (1944)
  • Once Upon a Time (1944)
  • Swing Hostess (1944)
  • The Singing Sheriff (1944)
  • I'm from Arkansas (1944)
  • The Woman in the Window (1944)
  • Bluebeard (1944)

Short subjects

  • Chasing Husbands (1928)
  • Whirls and Girls (1929)
  • The Freshman's Goat (1930)
  • Don't Give Up (1930)
  • College Cuties (1930)
  • Man to Man (1937)
  • How to Clean House (1948)
  • Foy Meets Girl (1950)
  • Heebie Gee-Gees (1952)
  • So You Want to Be Pretty (1956)

References

  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9

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