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Also Known As: Lois Jean Albright Died:
Born: July 20, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, model, stenographer, switchboard operator, receptionist

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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...

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Terraces (1977) Dorothea Cabe
2.
 Delta County U.S.A. (1977) Dossie Wilson
3.
 The Impossible Years (1968) Alice Kingsley
4.
5.
 The Money Jungle (1968) Peggy Lido
6.
7.
 How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967) Mrs Pine
8.
 The Way West (1967) Rebecca Evans
9.
 Lord Love a Duck (1966) Marie Greene
10.
 Joy House (1964) Barbara
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Raised in Akron, Ohio
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In the early 1940s worked as receptionist at Akron radio station, occasionally performing in bit parts
1943:
Began working regularly as radio performer; then worked as model
1947:
Signed to a contract by MGM
1948:
Film debut in a bit part in "The Pirate"
1948:
Had first real screen role in the musical "Easter Parade"
1949:
Had breakthrough role in "Champion"
1950:
Cast opposite future husband Jack Carson in "The Good Humor Man"
1951:
Began working in television, making appearances on "Pantomime Quiz" and "Lux Studio Theatre"
1954:
Appeared in "Invitation to Marriage" on TV's "Fireside Theatre"
1955:
Played recurring role on TV's "The Bob Cummings Show"
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TV series debut as regular, Edie Hart, girlfriend to "Peter Gunn"
1962:
Starred with Elvis Presley in "Kid Galahad"
1966:
Won the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival for "Lord Love a Duck"
1966:
Briefly replaced an ill Dorothy Malone as Constance Mackenzie in the ABC primetime serial "Peyton Place"
1967:
Made TV-movie debut, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"
1968:
Last feature films to date, "The Impossible Years", "The Money Jungle" and "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?"
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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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Education

West High School: Akron , Ohio -
King Grammar School: Akron , Ohio -

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husband:
Jack Carson. Actor. Met when they appeared together in "The Good Humor Man"; began relationship in 1950; married on August 1, 1952; divorced in October 1958.
husband:
Bill Chadney. Pianist, restaurateur. Married on May 19, 1961; separated c. 1967; reconciled; separated again in the early 1970; divorced in 1974.

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father:
John Paul Albright. Evangelical singer.
mother:
Marion Alma Albright. Evangelical singer.

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