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May 20, 2024

35 Gorgeous Photos of Iris Adrian in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1912 in Los Angeles, California, American actress Iris Adrian won a beauty pageant, worked with the Ziegfeld Follies, and performed with Fred Waring before she entered films at the end of the silent era in Chasing Husbands (1928) and appeared as an extra or chorus girl in early sound films like Paramount on Parade (1930).

During the 1930s, Adrian specialized in playing hard-boiled gals, glamorous gold-diggers, and gangsters’ “molls”. She played supporting roles in numerous features. She played “Gee-Gee Graham” in Lady of Burlesque. In the Jerry Lewis comedy, The Errand Boy, she played a glamorous movie star “Anastasia Anastasia”, whose on-set birthday party is wrecked by Lewis’s shenanigans. She appeared on several radio programs, including the Abbott and Costello Show.

Adrian acted regularly, albeit without achieving star status, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in more than one hundred films. In her later years she appeared in several Walt Disney films, including That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A., Freaky Friday, and No Deposit, No Return.

Adrian died in Los Angeles, as a result of a fall in her home sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake eight months earlier, aged 82. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Iris Adrian in the 1930s and 1940s.


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