Lucille Lund

Lucille Lund (June 3, 1913 – February 15, 2002) was an American actress.[1] She is best known for her role in the film The Black Cat (1934).

Lucille Lund
Lund circa 1934
Born(1913-06-03)June 3, 1913
DiedFebruary 15, 2002(2002-02-15) (aged 88)
EducationNorthwestern University
Years active1933–1939
Kenneth Higgins
(m. 1937; his death 1973)


Lucille Lund was born in Buckley, Washington to Olaf Sylfestson Lund (1888–1940) and Laura (Skjelkvåle) Lund (1885–1972), who were immigrants from Oppland, Norway. She began her theatrical career as a child doing play extracts and readings. After leaving school she joined Henry Duffy Players, a stock company and toured up and down the Pacific Coast. She then studied drama at Northwestern University in Chicago.[2]


In 1933 she won a nationwide contest, "The Most Beautiful College Coed", which included a small Universal Pictures contract as a prize. Her first film was Horseplay in 1933, in which she had a minor role, with her first noticeable film being opposite Robert Young in the 1933 movie Saturday's Millions. In 1934 she starred in six films. That year she starred in The Black Cat, a horror film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. She also starred in the lead role opposite Reb Russell in Range Warfare, and would be named a "WAMPAS Baby Star". Of the thirteen girls selected that year to be "WAMPAS Baby Stars", only four would see any success as actresses. It was the last year that "WAMPAS" selected actresses for that title. Lund had roles in 21 films from 1935 through 1939, many of which were B-movies, such as Prison Shadows. Of her last four films, she was uncredited in three.[3] [4]

Later years

In 1937, she married Kenneth Higgins (1937–1973), a radio producer-writer. They were the parents of two daughters. In 1939, she ended her acting career after the birth of her two daughters. After the death of her husband in 1973, she return acting in commercials. In 1997 she took part in the documentary Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula, about the life and career of Bela Lugosi. In 2000 Lund took part in the documentary I Used to be in Pictures, which featured many actresses from the early years of Hollywood, which included Beverly Roberts, Muriel Evans and Miriam Seegar, in addition to Lund and others. The documentary searched into Hollywood's early beginnings, and its pioneers. It would be Lund's last on-camera work. She died at her home in Rolling Hills, California in 2002, aged 88. [5]


  1. McLellan, Dennis (February 21, 2002). "Lucille Lund, 89; Actress in Cult Horror Movie". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. "Lucille Lund". 21 February 2002. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  3. "Lucille Lund , an intgerview with Mike Fitzgerald". Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  4. "Lucille Lund". Fandango. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. "Kenneth Clifton Higgins and Althea Lucille Lund". California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. 21 August 1937. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
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