Sue Carol

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.

Sue Carol
pictured in 1931
Evelyn Jean Lederer[1]

(1906-10-30)October 30, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedFebruary 4, 1982(1982-02-04) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Actress
  • Talent agent
Years active1927–1937
  • Allen H. Keefer
    (m. 1924; div. 1929)
  • Nick Stuart
    (m. 1929; div. 1941)
  • Alan Ladd
    (m. 1942; died 1964)
Children3, 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.[2]

Personal life

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.[3][4] 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.


Carol died on February 4, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, from a heart attack and is interred next to Alan Ladd in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1927Slaves of BeautyDorothy JonesLost film
Soft CushionsThe GirlLost film
1928The Cohens and the Kellys in ParisSadye Cohen
Walking BackPatsy Schuyler
Beau BroadwayMonaLost film
Win That GirlGloria HavensLost film
The Air CircusSue ManningLost film
Captain SwaggerSue
1929It Can Be DoneAnne Rogers
Girls Gone WildBabs HolworthyLost film
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929Alternative titles: Movietone Follies of 1929
The William Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
Lost film
The Exalted FlapperPrincess Izola
Chasing Through EuropeLinda Terry
Why Leave Home?MaryLost film
1930The Lone Star RangerMary Aldridge
The Big PartyFlo Jenkins
The Golden CalfMarybelle CobbAlternative title: Her Golden Calf
Dancing SweetiesMolly O'Neil
She's My WeaknessMiss Marie Thurber
Check and Double CheckJean Blair
1931GraftConstance Hall
In Line of DutyFelice Duchene
1933Secret SinnersMarjorie Dodd
StraightawayAnna Reeves
1937A Doctor's DiaryMrs. Mason


  1. Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms (fifth edition)
  2. "Sue Carol Ladd, Ex-Actress And Widow of Alan Ladd, 72". The New York Times. February 6, 1982. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  3. Carol Lee Ladd in Omnilexica
  4. Interview with Sue Carol in Tucson Daily Citizen, p. 7, December 30, 1958.
  5. 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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