Ethelreda Leopold

Ethelreda Leopold (July 2, 1914  January 26, 1998) was an American film actress. She appeared in approximately 65 films between 1934 and 1972. She also appeared in commercials.[1]

Ethelreda Leopold
Leopold (far right) looks on in horror as Curly Howard gets a hair cut in the Three Stooges film In the Sweet Pie and Pie.
Born(1914-07-02)July 2, 1914
DiedJanuary 26, 1998(1998-01-26) (aged 83)
Other namesEthel Reda Leopold
Ethel Leopold
Years active1934-1972
Spouse(s)Joseph Pine; 1 child

Leopold is familiar to modern viewers for her roles in several Three Stooges, Andy Hardy, and Abbott and Costello films. She also had bit parts in such American classics as Angels Over Broadway and Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator.[2] Many of her film roles were small or uncredited. She appeared at the 1990 Three Stooges convention,[3]


Leopold was from Chicago and could play piano and draw.[1] She went to St. Ignatius grammar school and Sullivan High School.[4] Leopold studied at the Chicago Art Institute for some time before she was discovered as an actress.[5] She began acting at age 17 after a scout for Warner Brothers saw her "modeling teen-age fashions," according to the New York Times.[6] The first film she was in was Dames, where she was part of the chorus line.[6] She was the winner of a "popularity contest" for the group of 109 "Busby Berkeley" girls and became part of a promotional tour after she was filmed for Gold Diggers in Paris.[7][8] As part of the tour, H. Allen Smith took her vital measurements and wrote about her tour.[7]

Leopold died in North Hollywood on January 26, 1998 from pneumonia.[2]

Partial filmography



  1. OLIVER, MYRNA (1998-02-12). "Ethelreda Leopold; Exemplar of the Busby Berkeley Girl". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  2. Galloway, Doug (1998-02-24). "Ethelreda Leopold dies at 80". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  3. The Three Stooges Journal #55, Fall 1990.
  4. Sullivan, Ed (17 May 1938). "Looking at Hollywood". Chicago Daily Tribune. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. "She's Beautiful But Not So Dumb". Timpson Daily Times. 17 January 1939. p. 3. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via The Portal to Texas History.
  6. "Ethelreda Leopold, Movie Actress, 80". The New York Times. 1998-02-23. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  7. Smith, H. Allen (1941). Low Man on a Totem Pole. Doubleday Doran. pp. 88–92.
  8. "She's a Lucky 'Gold Digger'". The Shamrock Texan. 19 May 1938. Retrieved 26 June 2017 via The Portal to Texas History.
  9. Neibaur, James L. (2015). James Cagney Films of the 1930s. London: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 155. ISBN 9781442242203.
  10. Bradley, Edwin M. (2016). Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era: 50 Overlooked Films and Their Stars, 1929-1939. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 155. ISBN 9781476624006.
  11. Anthony, Brian; Edmonds, Andy (1998). Smile When the Raindrops Fall: The Story of Charley Chase. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 231. ISBN 9781461734185.
  12. Lenburg, Maurer & Lenburg 1999, p. 241.
  13. McKay, James (2010). Dana Andrews: The Face of Noir. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 39. ISBN 9780786456765.
  14. Rhodes, Gary Don (1997). Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 130. ISBN 9780786402571.
  15. Lenburg, Maurer & Lenburg 1999, p. 249.


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