Adrienne Dore

Adrienne Dore (May 22, 1907 – November 26, 1992)[1] was an American model and beauty pageant winner.[2] She was first runner-up in the Miss America 1925 pageant, competing as Miss Los Angeles. Dore was also an actress and went on to have modest career in motion pictures.[3]

Adrienne Dore
Born(1907-05-22)May 22, 1907
DiedNovember 26, 1992(1992-11-26) (aged 85)
Years active1928–1934 (film)
Spouse(s)Burt Kelly

Early life and career

Adrienne Dore was born Elizabeth Himmelsbach[4] on the army base of Fort Sherman in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho before moving to Yakima then Seattle, Washington were she attended school at a convent.[5] She performed in her first musical there at age three. Her education at Forrest Ridge Convent was in general studies but she focused on dancing and the theater.[6]

Dore moved to Los Angeles, California, and pursued a career in acting, obtaining a job at the Century Roof.[7] She was a singer in a musical review "Elliott, Comstock, and Gest", performing on the roof of the Century Theater at the Grove.[8] She competed in the Miss Los Angeles Beauty contest in 1926, winning, and moved on to the Miss America pageant but placed second in the competition. Dore returned to Los Angeles were she began acting in motion pictures. First receiving top billing in minor pictures like Beyond London Lights,[9] continuing with minor roles alongside such stars as Clara Bow in 1929's The Wild Party, and Bette Davis in 1932's The Rich Are Always with Us,[10] and obtaining a contract from Warner Brothers studios in 1931.[11] She met and married independent or B film producer Burt Kelly,[12] who along with Sam Bischoff and William Saal, headed KBS productions.[13][14] Dore's last role was in Undercover Men, a 1934 Kelly film. They remained married until his death in 1983.[15] Dore died at the age of 85 and is buried in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.[1]

Selected filmography


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  4. "Clipped From Chippewa Herald-Telegram". Chippewa Herald-Telegram. 1929-12-12. p. 2. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  5. "beginning of contest". The Scranton Republican. 1925-08-11. p. 3. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  6. "interview with adrienne dore". Oakland Tribune. 1932-10-30. p. 15. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  7. Theatre Magazine. Theatre Magazine Company. 1921.
  8. Dramatic Mirror of Motion Pictures and the Stage. Dramatic Mirror Company. 1918.
  9. Blottner, Gene (2011-09-30). Wild Bill Elliott: A Complete Filmography. McFarland. ISBN 9780786469031.
  10. Bubbeo, Daniel (2010-06-21). The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each. McFarland. ISBN 9780786462360.
  11. "signed by warners". The Los Angeles Times. 1931-11-07. p. 21. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  12. Pitts, Michael R. (2005-07-25). Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland. ISBN 9780786423194.
  13. Pitts, Michael R. (2019-04-12). Astor Pictures: A Filmography and History of the Reissue King, 1933-1965. McFarland. ISBN 9781476676494.
  14. Soister, John T. (2010-06-28). Up from the Vault: Rare Thrillers of the 1920s and 1930s. McFarland. ISBN 9780786481859.
  15. "adrienne's husband". The Los Angeles Times. 1983-03-08. p. 15. Retrieved 2019-03-08.


  • Mayne, Judith. Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Indiana University Press, 1994.

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