Louise Stanley

Louise Stanley, born Louise Keyes (January 28, 1915 December 28, 1982), was an American actress.

Louise Stanley
Louise Keyes

(1915-01-28)January 28, 1915
DiedDecember 28, 1982(1982-12-28) (aged 67)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active19361944
Spouse(s)Dennis O'Keefe (1937–1938)
Addison Randall (?–1941)[1]
Charles Munn (1942–1944)[2]

Early years

Born in Springfield, Illinois, Keyes was the daughter of Alvin Keyes, who was assistant director of the Illinois State Department of Public Safety.[3] She changed her name to Stanley when she decided to embark on an acting career.


Although obtaining many minor roles, her career never lifted her to major stardom, but she did star in roughly twenty-four B-movies during her short career, most of which were B-Westerns. In 1935 she signed a contract with Paramount, which was not renewed after the initial six months. She then began working for Warner Bros., and was from time to time "loaned out" for use in westerns. In 1937 she was cast in the leading role, starring alongside Tex Ritter, in the western Riders of the Rockies, directed by Robert N. Bradbury.[4]

Also in 1937, she began working for Columbia Pictures, where she made two films starring alongside Charley Chase and Andy Clyde. In 1939 she starred in The Oregon Trail, starring alongside Johnny Mack Brown. She starred in several films with cowboy star Bob Steele and others with Ritter.

Personal life

Stanley's first husband was actor, writer and director Dennis O'Keefe, whose career spanned more than 35 years before he died at age 60. They were married on March 10, 1937,[5] and divorced on August 12, 1938.[6]

Following the end of her first marriage, Stanley married singing cowboy, and romantic lead for many B-Westerns, Addison Randall. She and Randall divorced, then remarried. The second marriage between the two ended after Randall became involved in an affair with actress Louise Brooks.

On August 25, 1942, Stanley married Navy pilot Charles Munn Jr.[7] That marriage also was short-lived, ending in divorce only a short time later with allegations that he beat her.

Louise Stanley retired from acting, and died from cancer in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1982.

Partial filmography


  1. "Report Elopement". Berkeley Daily Gazette. California, Berkeley. United Press. June 6, 1941. p. 7. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. "Beaten Woman's Escort Surrenders". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. United Press. August 30, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. "Ex-Actress Found Beaten in N.Y. Hotel". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. August 30, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved April 28, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Riders of the Rockies on IMDb
  5. "Film Actor's Wife Is Granted Divorce". The Bakersfield Californian. California, Bakersfield. United Press. August 13, 1938. p. 3. Retrieved April 28, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Not Loved, Wins Divorce". Pottstown Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. Associated Press. August 13, 1938. p. 2. Retrieved April 28, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  7. "Marriages". Billboard. September 5, 1942. p. 25. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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