Lona Andre

Lona Andre (March 2, 1915 – September 18, 1992) was an American film actress, golfer, and businesswoman.

Lona Andre
Launa Anderson

(1915-03-02)March 2, 1915
DiedSeptember 18, 1992(1992-09-18) (aged 77)
OccupationActress, golfer, businesswoman
Years active1933–1949
Edward Norris
(m. 1935; annul. 1935)

Richard E. Patton
(m. 1942; died 194?)
James T. Bolling
(m. 194?; died 1947)


Born Launa Anderson[1] in Nashville, Tennessee, Andre attracted attention with her first films in Hollywood and was named as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932.

After a strong finish in the Paramount Panther Woman Contest – won by Kathleen Burke – she was signed to a movie contract by Paramount Pictures. When Paramount did not renew her option, Andre worked as a freelance artist.

During the 1930s she appeared frequently in films, usually as the lead in "B" pictures, and by the end of the decade had starred in more than fifty films.

In 1934 Andre was part of the cast of School For Girls along with Toby Wing, Lois Wilson, Sidney Fox, and Dorothy Lee. In 1936 she appeared alongside Laurel and Hardy in their feature film Our Relations.[2]

In June 1935, Andre eloped to Santa Barbara, California to marry MGM actor Edward Norris, then filed for an annulment action four days after her marriage in Tijuana, Mexico.[3]

In October 1942, she married Richard E. Patton.[4]

She was later married to salesman, James T. Bolling, and was divorced from him in March 1947. (An Associated Press story dated May 23, 1947, reported that a judge granted the divorce "yesterday", which would have been May 22, 1947.)[5]

In 1938 Andre set a then world golfing record for women by shooting 156 holes of golf in 11 hours and 56 minutes on the Lake Norconian, California course. Her best round was 91 for 18 holes and her worst was 115.[6]

Her acting career greatly diminished during the 1940s, and she made her last film appearance in 1949 in Two Knights from Brooklyn.

After her film career ended she became a successful real estate broker and never returned to acting.

She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1933The Mysterious RiderDorothy
1933The Woman AccusedCora Matthews
1933Pick-UpParty GirlUncredited
1933The Girl in 419ChambermaidUncredited
1933International HouseChorus Queen
1933College HumorGinger Chadwick
1933Her BodyguardHat Check GirlUncredited
1933Too Much HarmonyShow GirlUncredited
1933The Way to LoveM. Prial's AssistantUncredited
1933Take a ChanceMiss Miami Beach
1934School for GirlsPeggy
1934Come on Marines!Shirley
1934Woman UnafraidPeggy
1934Let's Be RitzyStore Clerk
1934Murder at the VanitiesLona - Earl Carroll GirlUncredited
1934The Old Fashioned WayGirl in AudienceUncredited
1934Two Heads on a PillowPamela Devonshire
1934The Merry WidowMaid to SoniaUncredited
1934By Your LeaveFlorence Purcell
1934Lost in the StratosphereSophie
1935One Run ElmerThe GirlShort
1935Under the Pampas MoonGirlUncredited
1935Border BrigandsDiane
1935Broadway Melody of 1936ShowgirlUncredited
1935Happiness C.O.D.Beatrice Manning
1935SkyboundTeddy Blaine
1935The Timid Young ManHelenShort
1936Custer's Last StandBelle MeadeSerial
1936Three on a LimbMollyShort
1936Lucky TerrorAnn Thornton aka Madame Fatima
1936Our RelationsLily
1936The PlainsmanSouthern BelleUncredited
1936Death in the AirHelen Gage
1937High HatDixie Durkin
1937The Great Hospital MysteryMiss WhiteUncredited
1937Slaves in BondageDona Lee
1937Trailin' TroublePatience 'Patty' Blair
1938Sunset Murder CaseNita Madera
1938Race SuicideFlorence Davis
1940Ghost Valley RaidersLinda Marley
1940A Night at Earl Carroll'sChorus GirlUncredited
1941You're the OneGirl
1942Pardon My SarongGirl on Bus with TommyUncredited
1943Taxi, MisterChorus Girl
1943Confessions of a Vice BaronFlorence Davis (edited from 'Race Suicide')Uncredited, (archive footage)
1949Two Knights from BrooklynChorus GirlUncredited, (archive footage)


  1. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 22. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. Maltin, Leonard (1993). The Laurel & Hardy Book. New York: Curtis Books. p. 272. OCLC 474919453.
  3. "Hollywood Round-Up". The News-Herald. Pennsylvania, Franklin. United Press. October 21, 1935. p. 4. Retrieved April 29, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Marriages". Billboard. November 28, 1942. p. 27. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  5. "Lona Andre Gets Divorce". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. Associated Press. May 23, 1947. p. 8. Retrieved April 29, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  6. ""The Norconian Resort Supreme" (in 1938 actress Lona Andre established the women's world golfing record by shooting 156 holes of golf in 11 hours and 56 minutes)". VividlyVintage.com. July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Change Of Mind Balks Marriage", November 2, 1933, Page 17.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Musical Picture Tops Program On Pantages Screen", October 18, 1934, Page 19.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Daughter Trio Elope; Cupid Snares Mother", June 7, 1935, Page A1.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Lona Andre's Marriage Ends With Annulment", October 19, 1935, Page A3.
  • Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner, "Going Hollywood", October 28, 1938, Page 9.
  • Syracuse Herald-Journal, "Big Phone Bill Wins Divorce", March 23, 1947, Page 104.
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