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November 7, 2023

30 Fabulous Photos of Kay Aldridge in the 1930s and 1940s

Born 1917 in Tallahassee, Florida, American actress and model Kay Aldridge appeared on the covers of magazines such as Life, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and Look. In 1937, she was chosen as one of the 10 most photographed girls in the world, and was selected to go to Hollywood to appear in the United Artists film Vogues of 1938.

In 1939, Aldridge signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, and made films during this period include Shooting High (1940) playing Evelyn Trent, Sailor’s Lady (1940) playing Georgine, Down Argentine Way (1940) playing Helen Carson, and Dead Men Tell (1941) playing Laura Thursday. She was among the actresses screen tested for the part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind.

After her contract with 20th Century Fox expired in 1941, she was approached by Republic Pictures to star in an upcoming film serial. Her first serial for Republic was Perils of Nyoka (1942), which offered dramatic cliffhanger scenes at the end of each episode. Now credited as Kay Aldridge, she played played the character Nyoka Gordon, who confronts a host of villains while seeking her father, who was lost on an expedition in Africa. It was her most popular role. Further classic serial heroine roles followed with titles such as Daredevils of the West in 1943 and Haunted Harbor in 1944. She retired from acting in 1945.

Aldridge died of a heart attack in 1995, in Rockport, Maine. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Kay Aldridge in the 1930s and 1940s.


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