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December 2, 2023

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Boots Mallory in the 1930s

Born 1913 in Santa Monica, California, American actress, dancer, and model Boots Mallory found employment with Fox Films and was cast in the film version of Dawn Powell’s play Walking Down Broadway. The film was finally released under the new title Hello, Sister! (1933) with little promotion and was not a success.

Mallory was chosen as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932, but the extensive media publicity surrounding her WAMPAS recognition, was undermined by the poor reception given to Hello, Sister! when it was finally released.

A tall blonde, Mallory was well regarded for her striking looks and was photographed by such photographers as Alfred Cheney Johnston, Hal Phyfe, and George Hurrell. She also posed for risque lingerie photographs, and was painted nude by the pin-up artist Rolf Armstrong.

Over the next few years, Mallory played the lead in several “B” pictures, including the Rin Tin Tin serial The Wolf Dog (1933), and received top-billing in Carnival Lady (1934) and The Big Race (1934). On radio, she worked with James Cagney in productions for Lux Radio Theatre. She made her final film appearance in an uncredited role in the Laurel and Hardy film Swiss Miss (1938).

Mallory died “after a long illness” in Santa Monica, California, in 1958, aged 45. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Boots Mallory in the 1930s.


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