Sue Carol (October 30, 1906 – February 4, 1982) was an American actress and talent agent. While at a social function in Los Angeles in 1927, a director offered her a part in a film. She took it and began playing minor parts. Carol's film career lasted from the late 1920s into the 1930s; when it ended, she became a talent agent. The last of her three marriages was to one of her clients, Alan Ladd, from 1942 until his death in 1964.
pictured in 1931
October 30, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||February 4, 1982 75) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Children||3, including David Ladd|
Early life and career
Carol was born Evelyn Jean Lederer in Chicago, Illinois to Samuel and Caroline Lederer, Jewish emigrants from Austria and Germany, respectively. One of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, she performed in motion pictures from 1927 until 1937.
Among the movies in which she appeared are Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Girls Gone Wild (both 1929). Her films were made in association with producer Cecil B. DeMille and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After retiring from acting in the late 1930s, Carol established her own talent agency, the Sue Carol Agency.
As a young woman, Carol married Allen H. Keefer, a buyer for a Chicago stock yard firm, divorcing in early 1929. In July 1929, Carol became engaged to actor Nick Stuart, and the couple married that November. They had a daughter, actress Carol Lee Ladd (born 1932), who was briefly married to actor Richard Anderson. In 1933, Sue Carol was cleared in a case involving the disappearance of a baby from a Brooklyn, New York, family. The family had complained that the baby had been taken for adoption in November 1932 by a woman who said she was acting on behalf of Carol.
She married actor Alan Ladd in 1942. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Alana Ladd Jackson (married to radio commentator Michael Jackson). Carol was also the stepmother of Alan Ladd, Jr. She was Alan Ladd's manager until his death by an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1964.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, in 1982, Carol has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1639 N. Vine Street. In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
|1927||Slaves of Beauty||Dorothy Jones||Lost film|
|Soft Cushions||The Girl||Lost film|
|1928||The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris||Sadye Cohen|
|Walking Back||Patsy Schuyler|
|Beau Broadway||Mona||Lost film|
|Win That Girl||Gloria Havens||Lost film|
|The Air Circus||Sue Manning||Lost film|
|1929||It Can Be Done||Anne Rogers|
|Girls Gone Wild||Babs Holworthy||Lost film|
|Fox Movietone Follies of 1929||Alternative titles: Movietone Follies of 1929|
The William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
|The Exalted Flapper||Princess Izola|
|Chasing Through Europe||Linda Terry|
|Why Leave Home?||Mary||Lost film|
|1930||The Lone Star Ranger||Mary Aldridge|
|The Big Party||Flo Jenkins|
|The Golden Calf||Marybelle Cobb||Alternative title: Her Golden Calf|
|Dancing Sweeties||Molly O'Neil|
|She's My Weakness||Miss Marie Thurber|
|Check and Double Check||Jean Blair|
|In Line of Duty||Felice Duchene|
|1933||Secret Sinners||Marjorie Dodd|
|1937||A Doctor's Diary||Mrs. Mason|
- Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms (fifth edition)
- "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72". The New York Times. February 6, 1982. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
- Carol Lee Ladd in Omnilexica
- Interview with Sue Carol in Tucson Daily Citizen, p. 7, December 30, 1958.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated Archived October 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol To Wed Nick Stuart", July 23, 1929, Page 32.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Secretly Wed", November 29, 1929, Page 27.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Cleared In Baby Case", February 8, 1933, Page 17.
- The New York Times, "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72", February 6, 1982, Page 16.
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