Lona Andre

Active - 1930 - 1942  |   Born - Mar 2, 1915 in Nashville, TN  |   Died - Sep 18, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA  |   Genres - Comedy, Western, Crime, Musical, Drama

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Along with the better-remembered Gail Patrick, brunette Lona Andre (born Laura Anderson) was a runner-up to Kathleen Burke in Paramount's Panther Woman contest. Burke won the coveted role opposite Charles Laughton in the quasi-horror epic Island of Lost Souls (1933) and Patrick would, many years later, become the producer of television's Perry Mason. Andre, meanwhile, did plenty of cheesecake art and acted in low-budget programmers, but her personal life was rather more dramatic than any of her screen roles, the most prominent of which was as one of the flirtatious dates in Laurel & Hardy's Our Relations. Having deserted actor James Dunn virtually at the altar, Andre later married handsome B-movie player Edward Norris, only to leave him after only four days of what she termed "marital hell." After her screen career ended in 1947, she successfully ran her own North Hollywood real estate business.

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