Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt (born Elizabeth Marshall Holt,[1] November 10, 1920 September 21, 1997) was an American actress.

Jennifer Holt
Elizabeth Marshall Holt

November 10, 1920
Hollywood, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 21, 1997 (aged 76)
Dorset, England
Other namesJacqueline Holt
William Ritchey
(m. 1943; div. 1944)

William Bakewell
(m. 1946; div. 1948)

Hugh Davis
(m. 1951; div. 1953)

Staurt Sherman
(m. 1953; div. 1955)

Richard Feldon
(m. 1958; div. 1967)

Michael D'Obrenovic
(m. 1973; died 1977)
FamilyJack Holt (father)
Tim Holt (brother)

Early years

She was born in Hollywood, California, to actor Jack Holt[2] and his wife, Margaret Woods. She was the sister of western actor Tim Holt.[3]

Her education included schooling at convents in Belgium, Santiago College in Chile, and The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California.[4]


Holt made her film debut using the stage name Jacqueline Holt in a 1941 western starring Hopalong Cassidy. A 1942 newspaper article reported, "Jennifer Holt ... has been signed to a long term contract with Universal."[2] Her film singing debut came in Tenting Tonight On The Old Camp Ground in 1943. She sang Cielito Lindo while portraying an entertainer.[5]

She went on to make 47 films during the 1940s. All but eight of her roles were in western films in which she appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Lash LaRue, Tex Ritter and Johnny Mack Brown.

Although the popularity of western films had faded by the mid-1950s, during the 1970s western film festivals became popular with fans of the genre and she occasionally participated as a guest.


After making her final film in 1949, in 1950 Holt co-hosted a television show called Panhandle Pete and Jennifer which ran for one season. During the remainder of the 1950s she made occasional guest appearances on television western series such as The Gabby Hayes Show and Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson.


In 1984, she received the Golden Boot Award for her contributions to western cinema.[6]

Personal life

Holt was married several times, living for a while in Mexico. On November 19, 1943, she wed Marine Major William M. Ritchey in Yuma, Arizona.[7] She sought a divorce after having been married four months,[8] and the divorce was granted on August 4, 1944.[9] She married actor William Bakewell September 29, 1946.[10] She filed suit for divorce from Bakewell April 23, 1948.[11] The divorce was granted June 10, 1948.[12]


Holt was in Dorset in England at the time of her death in 1997.

Partial filmography


  1. "Jack Holt Dies". Tyrone Daily Herald. January 19, 1951. p. 4. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  2. "Holt's Daughter in Films". The Ottawa Journal. March 21, 1942. p. 24. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  3. Varner, Paul (2009-09-28). The A to Z of Westerns in Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 117. ISBN 9780810870512.
  4. "Holt's Daughter Now in Pictures". The Times. Indiana, Munster. 1 March 1942. p. 6. Retrieved December 24, 2017 via
  5. "Film Thriller at the Liberty". The Times Recorder. April 18, 1943. p. 23. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  6. "The Golden Boot Awards". Archived from the original on 25 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  7. "Marriages". Billboard. December 4, 1943. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. "Marine Ace Faces Divorce". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 19, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  9. "Marine Flier Divorced By Jennifer Holt". The San Bernardino County Sun. August 5, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  10. "Jennifer Holt to Wed Wm. Bakewell". The Times. September 24, 1946. p. 9. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  11. "Jennifer Holt Seeks Divorce". The Indiana Gazette. April 24, 1948. p. 23. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
  12. "Actress Says Husband Too Stingy With Her Money". Alton Evening Telegraph. June 11, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved October 24, 2015 via
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