Ida Lupino

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Though Paramount had imported her from England as an ingnue, Ida Lupino proved more than merely wise beyond her years when she landed in Hollywood in 1934. The 16-year-old scion of a British acting dynasty, Lupino ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1918 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (55)

American Lifestyles 1986 (Movie)

("Show Business at War" - "Show Business: The War Years") (Actor)

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

She (Actor)

The Food Of The Gods 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Skinner (Actor)

The Devil's Rain 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Preston (Actor)

I Love a Mystery 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Junior Bonner 1972 (Movie)

Mother Bonner (Actor)

Women in Chains 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Backtrack 1969 (Movie)

Mama Delores (Actor)

Mr. Adams and Eve 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

While The City Sleeps 1956 (Movie)

Mildred Donner (Actor)

The Big Knife 1955 (Movie)

Marion Castle (Actor)

Women's Prison 1955 (Movie)

Amelia Van Zant (Actor)

Private Hell 36 1954 (Movie)

Lilli Marlowe (Actor)

The Bigamist 1953 (Movie)

Phyllis Martin (Actor)

Jennifer 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

On Dangerous Ground 1951 (Movie)

Mary Malden (Actor)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Jenny Jones (Actor)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

They Drive By Night 1939 (Movie)

Lana Carlsen (Actor)

Artists and Models 1936 (Movie)

Paula Sewell / Paula Monterey (Actor)

The Gay Desperado 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peter Ibbetson 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anything Goes (Movie)

Hope Harcourt (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Beware, My Lovely (Movie)

Mrs. Helen Gordon (Actor)

Deep Valley (Movie)

Libby Saul (Actor)

Devotion (Movie)

Emily Bronte (Actor)

Female Artillery (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

I Love a Mystery (Movie)

Randolph Cheyne (Actor)

In Our Time (Movie)

Jennifer Whittredge (Actor)

Ladies in Retirement (Movie)

Ellen Creed (Actor)

Let's Get Married (Movie)

Paula Quinn (Actor)

Lust for Gold (Movie)

Julia Thomas (Actor)

Moontide (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

One Rainy Afternoon (Movie)

Monique Pelerin (Actor)

Out of the Fog (Movie)

Stella Goodwin (Actor)

Paris in Spring (Movie)

Mignon de Charelle (Actor)

Pillow to Post (Movie)

Jean Howard (Actor)

Sea Devils (Movie)

Doris Malone (Actor)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Movie)

Ann Brandon (Actor)

The Lady and the Mob (Movie)

Lila Thorne (Actor)

The Letters (Movie)

Mrs. Forrester (Actor)

The Light That Failed (Movie)

Bessie Broke (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (Movie)

Val Carson (Actor)

The Man I Love (Movie)

Petey Brown (Actor)

The Sea Wolf (Movie)

Ruth Webster (Actor)

The Strangers in 7A (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Woman in Hiding (Movie)

Deborah Chandler Clark (Actor)
Director (16)

77 Sunset Strip 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Gilligan's Island 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Honey West 1955 - 1966, 1968 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Big Valley 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fugitive 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1955 - 1965, 1968 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rifleman 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rogues 1955 - 1965, 1968 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Untouchables 1955 - 1965, 1968 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Thriller 1955 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Trouble With Angels 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bigamist 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Hard, Fast and Beautiful (Movie)

(Director)

The Hitch-Hiker (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Private Hell 36 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hitch-Hiker (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (1)

The Hitch-Hiker (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though Paramount had imported her from England as an ingénue, Ida Lupino proved more than merely wise beyond her years when she landed in Hollywood in 1934. The 16-year-old scion of a British acting dynasty, Lupino evinced a husky sensuality that had won her a reputation in her homeland as the British Jean Harlow. Plugged into programmers, the progressive Lupino swiftly grew dissatisfied and shifted to Warner Brothers, landing edgier roles in Raoul Walsh's "They Drive by Night" (1940) and "High Sierra" (1941) with Humphrey Bogart. A lead role as a steely murderess in Charles Vidor's "Ladies in Retirement" (1941) proved an apt showcase for Lupino's acting abilities, but she always had her sights set higher. With second husband Collier Young, Lupino crafted a string of mostly independent dramas with an emphasis on social issues, among them the unwed mother meller "Not Wanted" (1949) and "Outrage" (1950), which concerned the aftermath of a brutal rape. Lupino's "The Hitch-Hiker" (1952) was at once a skewering of the fragile male psyche and an important entry in the suspense subgenre of film noir. Diverting her efforts as a director-for-hire to television following her marriage to actor Howard Duff, Lupino made occasional film appearances, albeit often in such drive-in fodder as "The Devil's Rain" (1976) and "Food of the Gods" (1976). At the time of her death in 1995, Lupino was only beginning to be reevaluated as a pioneering female director, as well as a guiding hand in the gestation of American independent cinema.

Relationships

Mark Lupino

Uncle

Howard Duff

Husband
born on August 24, 1913 married in October 1951 divorced in 1983 had been living apart for the last 11 years of their marriage acted together in such films as "Woman in Hiding" (1950), "Jennifer" (1953), "Private Hell 36" (1954) and "While the City Sleeps" (1956), as well as the TV series, "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1957-58) father of Lupino's daughter Bridgett died on July 8, 1990

Bridgett Duff

Daughter
born on April 23, 1952 father, Howard Duff nominal inspiration for TV production company for series "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1957-58), starring Lupino and Howard Duff

Connie Emerald

Mother

Louis Hayward

Husband
born on March 19, 1909 married in 1938 divorced in 1945 acted opposite Lupino in "Ladies in Retirement" (1941) died on February 21, 1985

Lupino Lane

Uncle
born on June 6, 1892 died in 1959 starred in many popular comedy shorts in Hollywood in the 1920s and in such feature films as "The Love Parade" (1929)

Stanley Lupino

Father
born in London on May 15, 1893 died in 1942

Rita Lupino

Sister
appeared in several films directed by Lupino

George Lupino

Grandfather

Barry Lupino

Uncle

Wallace Lupino

Uncle

Ivor Novello

Godfather
born on January 15, 1893 died in 1951

Collier Young

Husband
married in 1948 divorced in 1950 met Lupino while working as Harry Cohn's executive assistant at Columbia formed Filmakers, Inc. production company together co-owned company with Lupino until 1980

EDUCATION

Clarence House Preparatory and Boarding School

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1931
entered at age 13

Milestones

1987

Featured in footage used in "American Lifestyles", a six-part compilation film using material from the "March of Time" newsreels from 1939 to 1950

1982

Appeared in cameo role in only film of the 1980s, "Deadhead Miles"

1968

Returned to acting in feature films in "Backtrack"

1966

Directed last feature film, "The Trouble with Angels"

1956

Acted in last feature films for 13 years, "While the City Sleeps" and "Strange Intruder"

1951

Reportedly helmed portions of the feature "On Dangerous Ground" while director Nicholas Ray was ill

1951

Joined with David Niven, Dick Powell and Charles Boyer to form Four Star Productions

1950

Changed name of production company to The Filmakers; took on writer Marvin Wald as another partner

1949

Credited feature film directing and co-writing debut, "Never Fear"

1949

Took over directing "Not Wanted" for an ailing Elmer Clifton; uncredited

1948

First film credited as producer (also first film for own company, Emerald Productions, Inc. which she co-founded with Collier Young and Anson Bond and named after her mother), "The Judge"

1948

Performed her own songs, including "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", for her role as a nightclub singer in the film noir, "Road House"

1947

Left Warner Bros.

1947

Formed Arcadia Productions with Benedict Bogeaus; no films produced

1946

First film as producer (uncredited co-producer), "Young Widow"

1940

Reported in "Picturegoer" magazine that "she gave up a contract at $1700 a week rather than play in unsuitable stories"

1940

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

1939

Achieved star status with "The Light That Failed"

1937

Left film acting for about a year after the failure of "Fight for Your Lady"; spent time writing and composing music, including the score for one of her father's shows and a piece, "Aladdin Suite", performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

1934

US film debut in "Search for Beauty"

1933

Went to US under contract to Paramount; tested (unsuccessfully) for "Alice in Wonderland"

1932

First film appearance (a bit) in "The Love Race", directed by her uncle, Lupino Lane

1932

Official film acting debut at age 14 in "Her First Affaire", promoted as "the English Jean Harlow"

1918

Born in London during a German zeppelin bombing

Produced, co-starred (opposite then-husband Howard Duff) and directed episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Mr. Adams and Eve"

Directed episodes of TV series such as "Have Gun--Will Travel" (the episode "Lady With a Gun" 1959), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (ep. "Sybilla" 1960), "The Untouchables" (ep. "Man in the Cooler" 1963) and "The Fugitive" (ep. "The Glass Tightrope" 1963)

Appeared on a rotating basis (with David Niven, Charles Boyer and Dick Powell) on "Four Star Playhouse", a CBS-TV dramatic anthology series

Health declined; moved to Motion Picture Home

Joined a touring theater company

Formed Bridget Productions (named after her daughter by Howard Duff)

Wrote and produced her first play, "Mademoiselle", at age seven

Suffered from polio as a child

Bonus Trivia

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Lupino's birth year is open to question: other dates given are 1914, 1916 and 1919.

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