Iris Adrian

Iris Adrian Hostetter (May 29, 1912 – September 17, 1994) was an American stage, film actress and dancer.[2]

Iris Adrian
from the film Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Iris Adrian Hostetter

(1912-05-29)May 29, 1912
DiedSeptember 17, 1994(1994-09-17) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1928–1980
Charles Over
(m. 1935; div. 1936)

George Jay
(m. 1943; div. 1945)

Daniel J. Schoonmaker
(m. 1949; div. 1949)

Ray F. Murphy (1950 - 1983; his death)[1]

Life and career

Iris Adrian Hostetter was an only child, born in Los Angeles, California, to Florence (née Van Every) and Adrian Earl Hostetter, who wed in 1909 in Los Angeles.[3] She was raised by her single mother in Los Angeles. She was a graduate of Hollywood High School.[4]

Adrian won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies[5] 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 she specialised 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 made voice appearances on several radio programs, including the Abbott and Costello Show.[6]

She 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. Disney director Robert Stevenson considered Adrian his "good-luck charm". On television, she was a member of the cast of the unsuccessful situation comedy The Ted Knight Show in the spring of 1978. She also played numerous guest roles in television series such as Get Smart, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Munsters, The Love Boat, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Jack Benny Show.[6]

Personal life

She was married three times, the first time to Charles Over from 1935 to 1936; the marriage ended in divorce. Her second marriage, to George Jay, also ended in divorce. Her third and final marriage was to Ray Murphy, and lasted more than 30 years until his death in 1983. None of the marriages produced children.[6]


Adrian died in Los Angeles, from injuries sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake eight months earlier.[7] She was buried at the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.[8]



Short subjects

  • Chasing Husbands (1928)
  • Whirls and Girls (1929) as 4th Girl (unconfirmed)
  • The Freshman's Goat 20 min.. (1930)
  • Don't Give Up (1930)
  • College Cuties 19 min. (1930) as Iris
  • Man to Man (1937)
  • How to Clean House 18 min. (1948) as Isabella, The Maid
  • Foy Meets Girl 17 min. (1950)
  • Heebie Gee-Gees (1952) as Wally's Wife
  • So You Want To Know Your Relatives 10 min. (1954) as Bubbles LaVonne (uncredited)
  • So You Want to Be Pretty 10 min. (1956) as Mabel - Nurse (uncredited)


  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999; ISBN 0-7864-0351-9
  • Cocchi, John. "The Films of Iris Adrian, 1972", The Real Stars. Curtis Books, 1973
  • Maltin, Leonard."Interviews with Iris Adrian, 1972-73", The Real Stars 2, Curtis Books, 1973 OCLC 801245658


  1. "Iris Adrian".
  2. Iris Adrian filmography,; retrieved October 10, 2014.
  4. "Leaves Hollywood, Makes Good in East". Jefferson City Post-Tribune. Missouri, Jefferson City. United Press. October 15, 1934. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2016 via
  5. "Now in Follies". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. August 2, 1931. p. 28. Retrieved July 19, 2016 via
  6. Iris Adrian on IMDb
  7. Obituary: Iris Adrian,; accessed October 10, 2014.
  8. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 79. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
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