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September 26, 2021

35 Vintage Photos of American Actress Diana Lynn in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1926 as Dolores Eartha Loehr in in Los Angeles, California, American actress Diana Lynn was considered a child prodigy. She began taking piano lessons at age 4, and by the age of 12 was playing with the Los Angeles Junior Symphony Orchestra.

Lynn made her film debut playing the piano in They Shall Have Music  and was once again back at the keyboard, accompanying Susanna Foster, in There’s Magic in Music. In 1944, she scored an outstanding success in Preston Sturges’ The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek. She appeared in two Henry Aldrich films, and played writer Emily Kimbrough in two films Our Hearts Were Young and Gay and Our Hearts Were Growing Up both co-starring Gail Russell.

After a few more films, Lynn was cast in one of the year’s biggest successes, the comedy My Friend Irma with Marie Wilson as Irma, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in their film debuts. The group reprised their roles for the sequel My Friend Irma Goes West, and five years later Lynn was reunited with Martin and Lewis for one of their last films, You’re Never Too Young.

During the 1950s, Lynn acted in a number of films. She also had many TV leading roles during the 1950s, particularly in the middle years of the decade. As a solo pianist, she released at least one single on Capitol Records with backing by the Paul Weston orchestra.

Before filming started on Play It as It Lays, Lynn suffered a stroke and died on December 18, 1971, at the age of 45. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for motion pictures, at 1625 Vine Street and for television at 6350 Hollywood Boulevard.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Diana Lynn in the 1940s and 1950s.

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