Lenore Aubert

Lenore Aubert (born Eleanore Maria Leisner,[1] April 18, 1913[note 1][1] – July 31, 1993) was a model and Hollywood actress best known for her movie roles as exotic, mysterious women.

Lenore Aubert
Eleanore Maria Leisner

(1913-04-18)April 18, 1913
DiedJuly 31, 1993(1993-07-31) (aged 80)
Years active1938-1952
Known forDr. Sandra Mornay
Notable work
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Julius Altman
(m. 1938; div. 1956)

Milton Greene
(m. 1959; div. 1974)

Early years

Aubert was born in what is now Celje, Slovenia, but at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She grew up in Vienna.


In New York, she found work as a model and was eventually offered a stage role as Lorraine Sheldon in The Man Who Came to Dinner[2] at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. She began her U.S. film career in the early 1940s, taking the French-sounding screen name Lenore Aubert.

She was professionally pursued by Louis B. Mayer, to be put under a seven year contract to Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, however Samuel Goldwyn, with whom she was already under contract, refused to sell her contract to M.G.M.

Her European accent limited her choice of roles, and she played such parts as a Nazi spy and a French war bride. She was most fond of her role in the 1947 film I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, playing glamorous entertainer Fritzi Barrington.[3] Her best-known role was as Dr. Sandra Mornay, a beautiful but sinister scientist, in the 1948 horror-comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Later years

Aubert's film career was basically over by the end of the 1940s. She and her husband then moved back to New York City, starting a garment business. A few years later, the couple divorced. She went back to Europe, only to return to the United States in 1959.

She did volunteer work for the United Nations Activities and Housing Section and the Museum of Natural History. In 1983, she suffered a stroke, which eventually impaired her memory.

Much of Aubert's life after her film career is known from a personal interview in August 1987 by Jim McPherson (1938-2002) of the Toronto Sun. He was editor of the Sun's TV listings magazine from its launch in 1973 until his retirement in 1994.[4][5]

Personal life

Aubert was married to Julius Altman, who was Jewish, and the couple fled Austria after the Anschluss to escape Nazi persecution. They moved to the United States after spending time in Paris.[1]

She returned to the United States as the wife of millionaire Milton Greene. They divorced in 1974.


Auberrt died in 1993.


Year Title Role Notes
1938Bluebeard's Eighth WifeParty GuestUncredited
1943They Got Me CoveredMrs. Vanescu
1944Passport to DestinyGrete Neumann
1944Action in ArabiaMounirah al-Rashid
1945Having Wonderful CrimeGilda Mayfair
1946The Catman of ParisMarie Audet
1946The Wife of Monte CristoCountess of Monte Cristo Haydée
1947The Other LoveYvonne Dupré
1947I Wonder Who's Kissing Her NowFritzi Barrington
1947The PrairieEllen Wade
1948The Return of the WhistlerAlice Dupres Barkley
1948Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinSandra Mornay
1949Barbary PirateZoltah
1949Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris KarloffAngela Gordon
1949The Silver TheatreEpisode: "The Farewell Supper"
1949SuspenseEpisode: "The Thin Edge of Violence"
1950Actor's Studio2 episodes
1950Famous Jury TrialsEpisode: "The People vs. William Tait"
1951Falschmunzer am WerkMadame Winter
1952Une fille sur la routePrincesse Véra(final film role)


  1. The book Women in Horror Films, 1940s says that Aubert was born "on April 18, 1913 (although 1918 was given in publicity)."


  1. Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1940s. McFarland. pp. 367–378. ISBN 9781476609553. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. Johnson, Erskine (October 14, 1943). "Hollywood Doings". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 4. Retrieved August 1, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Lenore Aubert". Issuu.
  4. Cappello, Bill (February 15, 2008). "Bill's Blog: Lenore Aubert".
  5. Family, Toronto Sun (October 3, 2007). "The Departed 1".
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