Lola Albright

Actor, Model, Switchboard operator
A charming but often miscast leading actress, with a tough style reminiscent of Barbara Stanwyck, Lola Albright was shown at her best in "A Cold Wind in August" (1961). She won the Best Actress award at the 1966 Berlin ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1925 in Akron, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Delta County U.S.A. 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Matinee Today 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ready and Willing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 (Movie)

Roberta Lane (Actor)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Branded 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

Marie Greene (Actor)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

Rebecca Evans (Actor)

Kid Galahad 1962 (Movie)

Dolly Fletcher (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cold Wind in August 1961 (Movie)

Iris Hartford (Actor)

Peter Gunn 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Monolith Monsters 1957 (Movie)

Cathy Barrett (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

Poppy (Actor)

The Magnificent Matador 1954 (Movie)

Mona Wilton (Actor)

Champion 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Girl From Jones Beach 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Easter Parade 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

Manuela's Friend (Actor)

Beauty on Parade (Movie)

Kay Woodstock (Actor)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

(Actor)

Terraces (TV Show)

Actor

The Killer That Stalked New York (Movie)

Francie Bennet (Actor)

The Silver Whip (Movie)

Waco (Actor)

Tulsa (Movie)

Candy Williams (Actor)

Biography

A charming but often miscast leading actress, with a tough style reminiscent of Barbara Stanwyck, Lola Albright was shown at her best in "A Cold Wind in August" (1961). She won the Best Actress award at the 1966 Berlin Film Festival for her performance in "Lord Love a Duck" as Tuesday Weld's mother who turns suicidal when she thinks she has ruined her daughter's life. Albright was also known to TV viewers as Edie Hart, the girlfriend of Craig Stevens' "Peter Gunn" (NBC, 1958-60; ABC 1960-61).

Albright was a switchboard operator, stenographer and photographer's model while doing bit dramatic roles to learn her craft. She made her film debut with a small part in "The Pirate" (1948), with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. She was seen with Garland and Fred Astaire in "Easter Parade" (also 1948) but won her first real notices as the wife of a boxing match manipulator who becomes involved with a fighter (Kirk Douglas) in "Champion" (1948). Some of her roles were unchallenging, such as in "The Tender Trap" (1955), where Albright was merely one of the women in Frank Sinatra's life. Yet, for all the programmers, there were shots such as "A Cold Wind in August", in which Albright again won critical acclaim, this time for playing an aging stripper. Albright's film career petered out around 1968, the year she played David Niven's wife and the mother of a nubile teen-age daughter in "The Impossible Years".

Unlike other film actors who were slow to take the plunge into TV, Albright was actively working in the medium from 1951, when she guest-starred in two episodes of "Lux Video Theatre". Throughout the 50s, she appeared made numerous guest appearances, including several during the 1955-56 TV season as a love interest on "The Bob Cummings Show". Albright was on "Peter Gunn" for its entire three-season run and, in 1965, replaced an ailing Dorothy Malone for part of the season on "Peyton Place" (ABC). She continued appearing on episodics, particularly those of Universal TV, into the early 80s. She never really clicked in TV-movies, appearing in only three: the thrillers "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" (NBC, 1967) and "Terraces" (NBC, 1977) and the melodramatic "Delta County, U.S.A." (ABC, 1977).

Relationships

John Albright

Father

Marion Albright

Mother

Jack Carson

Husband
met when they appeared together in "The Good Humor Man" began relationship in 1950 married on August 1, 1952 divorced in October 1958

Bill Chadney

Husband
married on May 19, 1961 separated c. 1967 reconciled separated again in the early 1970 divorced in 1974

EDUCATION

King Grammar School

Akron , Ohio

West High School

Akron , Ohio

Milestones

1968

Last feature films to date, "The Impossible Years", "The Money Jungle" and "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?"

1967

Made TV-movie debut, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"

1966

Briefly replaced an ill Dorothy Malone as Constance Mackenzie in the ABC primetime serial "Peyton Place"

1966

Won the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival for "Lord Love a Duck"

1962

Starred with Elvis Presley in "Kid Galahad"

1955

Played recurring role on TV's "The Bob Cummings Show"

1954

Appeared in "Invitation to Marriage" on TV's "Fireside Theatre"

1951

Began working in television, making appearances on "Pantomime Quiz" and "Lux Studio Theatre"

1950

Cast opposite future husband Jack Carson in "The Good Humor Man"

1949

Had breakthrough role in "Champion"

1948

Had first real screen role in the musical "Easter Parade"

1948

Film debut in a bit part in "The Pirate"

1947

Signed to a contract by MGM

1942

Began working regularly as radio performer; then worked as model

TV series debut as regular, Edie Hart, girlfriend to "Peter Gunn"

Raised in Akron, Ohio

In the early 1940s worked as receptionist at Akron radio station, occasionally performing in bit parts

In the 1970s and 1980s, made guest appearances on many TV shows like "Medical Center", "Kojak", "Switch" and "Quincy, M.E."

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