Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino was an actress, director and writer.

In her forty eight year career, Ida Lupino appeared in fifty nine films and fifty eight television episodes. She directed nine films and fifty television episodes. She also wrote screenplays for five films and four television episodes.

Ida Lupino was born February 4, 1914 in London, England. She was born into a family of performers. He father, Stanley Lupino was a music hall comedian and her mother Connie Emerald, was an actress.

As a young girl, she was encouraged to enter show business by both her parents and her uncle, Lupino Lane. Ida Lupino made her movie deput in 1931 in The Love Race.

She would spend the next several years playing minor roles in films such as The Ghost Camera (1933), Come on Marines (1934), Anything Goes (1936) and The Gay Desperado (1936).

In 1939 she appeared in The Light That Failed and it was then she was taken seriously as a dramatic actress.

Major starring roles soon followed in films such as They Drive by Night (1940), Ladies in Retirement (1941), Out of the Fog (1941), The Sea Wolf (1941) and High Sierra (1941).

She also appeared in The Hard Way, Deep Valley (1947), On Dangerous Ground (1952), While the City Sleeps (1956) and Junior Bonner (1972). Her final film was My Boys Are Good Boys (1978).

Ida Lupino was also a frequent guest star on televison, being nominated for three prime time Emmy awards. She appeared in such classics as Four Star Playhouse, Mr. Adams and Eve, The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, Burke's Law, Batman, Family Affair, The Streets of San Francisco and Charlie's Angels.

As a director, Ida Lupino was the second woman to be admitted to the Director's Guild. She directed classic television shows as Have Gun - Will Travel, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, The Fugitive, Bewitched, and Gilligan's Island.

As a writer, Ida Lupino wrote episodes for Four Star Playhouse and screenplays for Outrage (1950) and Never Fear (1949).

Ida Lupino has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the fields of television and motion pictures.

Ida Lupino died on August 3, 1995 after suffering a stroke, she was 81 years old.

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