Lola Lane (born Dorothy Mulligan, May 21, 1906 – June 22, 1981) was an American actress and one of the Lane Sisters, with her three siblings. She appeared on Broadway and in films from the 1920s to 1940s.
Four Daughters (1938)
May 21, 1906
|Died||June 22, 1981 75) (aged|
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Henry Clay Dunham|
(m. 192?; div. 19??)
(m. 1931; div. 1933)
(m. 1934; div. 1936)
(m. 1940; died 1952)
The daughter of a dentist, Lane was born in Macy, Indiana, and grew up in Indianola, Iowa. As a teenager, she played piano for silent films and sang in a flower shop. Entertainer Gus Edwards discovered her in the flower shop and put her on the road to her professional career. (Her obituary distributed by the Associated Press said that she wrote to Edwards to ask for an audition. Another source said that Edwards observed Lane and her sister when they performed in a benefit concert in Des Moines, Iowa.)
Lane graduated from a conservatory at Simpson College.
Edwards changed the actress's name and added her to his touring production, Ritz Carlton Nights. In 1926, she and her sister Leota appeared in the Greenwich Village Follies in New York City. She went on to appear in vaudeville shows on the Orpheum, Loew, and Interstate circuits and later acted on Broadway in The War Song (1928). The latter role led to her work in films after a talent scout saw her on Broadway. After a screen test, she made her film debut in Speakeasy (1929).
On September 11, 1931, Lane married actor Lew Ayres in Las Vegas, Nevada. They remained wed until 1933. She was also married to Henry Dunham, a yacht broker, and director Roland West. When she died, she was married to Robert Hanlon, a retired aircraft executive.
On June 11, 1981, Lane died at her home in Santa Barbara, California, at age 75. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.
In 1967, Lane received a Pope Pius X medal for her efforts in religious training of mentally challenged people.
- They Made Me a Killer (1946) .... Betty Ford
- Deadline at Dawn (1946) .... Edna Bartelli
- Why Girls Leave Home (1945) .... Irene Mitchell
- Steppin' in Society (1945) .... The Duchess
- Identity Unknown (1945) .... Wanda
- Buckskin Frontier (1943) .... Rita Molyneaux
- Lost Canyon (1942) .... Laura Clark
- Miss V from Moscow (1942) .... Vera Marova, posing as Greta Hiller
- Mystery Ship (1941) .... Patricia Marshall
- Four Mothers (1941) .... Thea Lemp Crowley
- Girls of the Road (1940) .... Elly
- Gangs of Chicago (1940) .... June Whitaker
- Zanzibar (1940) .... Jan Browning
- Convicted Woman (1940) .... Hazel Wren
- Four Wives (1939) .... Thea Lemp Crowley
- Daughters Courageous (1939) .... Linda Masters
- Four Daughters (1938) .... Thea Lemp
- Mr. Chump (1938) .... Jane Mason
- When Were You Born (1938) .... Nita Kenton (Cancer)
- Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) .... Torchy Blane
- Hollywood Hotel (1937) .... Mona Marshall
- The Sheik Steps Out (1937) .... Phyllis 'Flip' Murdock
- Marked Woman (1937) .... Dorothy 'Gabby' Marvin
- In Paris, A.W.O.L. (1936) .... Lola
- His Night Out (1935) .... Lola
- Death from a Distance (1935) .... Kay Palmer
- Alias Mary Dow (1935) .... Minna
- Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) .... Phyllis La Font
- Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934) .... Marjorie Temple
- Ticket to a Crime (1934) .... Peggy Cummings
- Port of Lost Dreams (1934) .... Molly Deshon/Molly Clark Christensen
- The Woman Condemned (1934) .... Jane Merrick
- Public Stenographer (1934) .... Ann McNair
- The Woman Who Dared (1933) .... Kay Wilson
- Ex-Bad Boy (1931) .... Letta Lardo
- Hell Bound (1931) .... Platinum Reed
- The Costello Case (1930) .... Mollie
- Good News (1930) .... Patricia Bingham
- The Big Fight (1930) .... Shirly
- Let's Go Places (1930) .... Marjorie Lorraine
- The Girl from Havana (1929) .... Joan Anders
- Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929) .... Lila Beaumont
- Speakeasy (1929) .... Alice Woods
- Peak, Mayme Ober (October 25, 1931). "Cupid Descends on Hollywood And Finds the Hunting Good". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. p. Part 5 - p 1. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lola Lane, 75, veteran actress". The News. New Jersey, Paterson. United Press International. June 25, 1981. p. 39. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lola Lane, actress, dies at 75". The Morning Call. Pennsylvania, Allentown. Associated Press. June 26, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lola Lane Boosted to Stardom". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 7, 1929. p. 49. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Goings-On in the Theaters". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 30. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lola Lane". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
- "Lew Ayres of Films Faces Divorce Suit". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. United Press. January 19, 1933. p. 2. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
- Letters to the Editor, Time magazine (May 30, 1988), pp. 6–7.