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Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (February 4, 1914 - August 3, 1995) was a film actress and director.

She was born in London, England the daughter of music hall entertainer Stanley Lupino. Encouraged to enter show business by both her parents, Lupino made her first film appearance in 1933, and worked for several years playing unsubstantial roles. It was after her appearance in The Light That Failed in 1939 that she was taken seriously as a dramatic actress.

Her parts improved during the 40s and she began to describe herself as the poor man's Bette Davis. While working for Warner Brothers, she would refuse parts that Davis had rejected, and earned herself suspensions. During this period she became known for her hard boiled roles and appeared in such films as They Drive By Night (1940) and High Sierra (1941. She acted regularly and was in demand throughout the 40s without becoming a major star.

It was during a suspension in the late 40s that she began studying the processes behind the camera. From the early 50s she began directing films and was one of the few women of her era to achieve success in this field. She directed Outrage in 1950 and tackled the contraversial subject of rape.

She continued acting throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s and her directing efforts during these years were almost exclusively television productions such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show, Gilligan's Island and Bewitched.

After guest starring in TV shows such as Charlie's Angels and Barnaby Jones, she made her final film appearance in 1978 and retired.

Lupino was married three times to actor Howard Duff, producer Collier Young and actor Louis Hayward. These all ended in divorce.

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the fields of television and motion pictures. They are located at 1724 Vine Street and 6821 Hollywood Blvd.

She died from a stroke while undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Ida Lupino Facts

BirthdayFebruary 4, 1914
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathAugust 3, 1995 (age 81)
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Ida Lupino compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Saga of Annie O'Toole
Bigamist, The
One Rainy Afternoon
Strangers In 7A
TCM Greatest Classic: Gangsters
Road House
Zane Grey Theatre Complete Season One
The Devils Rain
High Sierra
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