Jane Randolph

Jane Randolph (née Roemer; October 30, 1914 – May 4, 2009), was an American film actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Alice Moore in the 1942 horror film Cat People, and its sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944). She was born in Youngstown, Ohio[1] and died in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 2009.

Jane Randolph
Randolph c. 1940s
Born
Jane Roemer

(1914-10-30)October 30, 1914
DiedMay 4, 2009(2009-05-04) (aged 94)
Gstaad, Switzerland
Alma materDePauw University
Years active1941–1955
Spouse(s)
Bert D'Armand (div. 1949)
Jaime del Amo (m. 19491966)

Biography

Early life

Randolph was born October 30, 1914[lower-alpha 1] in Youngstown, Ohio,[3] and grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, where her hobbies included playing golf and flying airplanes. She attended DePauw University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She also studied at an acting school operated by Max Reinhardt.[5]

Film career

Randolph moved to Hollywood in 1939 in an attempt to start a movie career. She was eventually picked up by Warner Bros. and appeared in bit movie roles in 1941. Her screen debut came in Manpower in 1941.[6]

In 1942, RKO picked up the contract of the poised actress and she received a leading lady role in Highways by Night (1942). She became known for her roles in film noir, which included Jealousy (1945) and Railroaded! (1947), and in two of Val Lewton's now well regarded B-picture horror films, Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944). Her last film was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).[7]

Later life

Randolph was married to Bert D'Armand, an agent. They divorced in 1949.[1] In 1949, Randolph married Jaime del Amo (grandson of Manuel Dominguez), retired to Spain and became a socialite. In later years she returned to Los Angeles periodically, but maintained a home in Gstaad.[8]

The trade publication Billboard reported that Randolph and del Amo were married April 20, 1948, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9] An additional source says that she and Del Amo were married in Las Vegas in 1948, and that it was her second marriage.[10]

Death

Randolph died in Gstaad from complications of a broken hip, aged 94.[11]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1941ManpowerHat Check GirlUncredited
1941Dive BomberSinger (song "What's New")Uncredited
1941One Foot in HeavenMotherUncredited
1942The Male AnimalSecretaryUncredited
1942The Falcon's BrotherMarcia Brooks[12]
1942Highways by NightPeggy Fogarty[12]
1942Cat PeopleAlice Moore
1943The Falcon Strikes BackMarcia Brooks
1944The Curse of the Cat PeopleAlice Reed
1944In the Meantime, DarlingMrs. Jerry Armstrong
1945A Sporting ChancePamela Herrick
1945JealousyJanet Urban
1946In Fast CompanyMarian McCormick
1946The Mysterious Mr. MMarina Lamont
1946Fool's GoldJessie Dixon
1947Railroaded!Clara Calhoun
1947T-MenDiana Simpson
1948Open SecretNancy Lester
1948Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinJoan Raymond
1955That LadyExtraUncredited, (final film role)

Notes

  1. Obituaries for Randolph state she was born October 30, 1915,[2][3], but the United States Social Security Death Index lists her birth year as 1914.[4]

References

  1. "Jane Randolph". The Telegraph. May 28, 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. "Jane Randolph". The Telegraph. May 28, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2018.
  3. Bergan, Ronald (August 16, 2009). "Jane Randolph obituary". The Guardian. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013.
  4. United States Social Security Death Index database (May 20, 2014). Jane Del Amo, 04 May 2009; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  5. Boesen, Vic (August 22, 1942). "Meet the Stars". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. p. 7 via Newspapers.com.
  6. Mank 2005, p. 137.
  7. Mank 2005, p. 136.
  8. Mank 2005, p. 146.
  9. "Marriages". Billboard. May 1, 1948. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  10. "Actress Weds Socialite". California, Long Beach. Long Beach Independent. April 21, 1948. p. 3 via Newspapers.com.
  11. "Actress Jane Randolph dies at 94". Variety. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on March 2, 2017.
  12. Vale, Virginia (January 29, 1943). "Star Dust". Texas, Brookshire. The Brookshire Times. p. 4 via Newspapers.com.

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