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Ida Lupino

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Actress and movie director who have earned two celebrities within the Hollywood Walk of Popularity for efforts to both film and tv. She studied in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork. Her 1953 The Hitch-Hiker produced her the 1st female to immediate a film noir. She was wedded to acting professional Louis Hayward on November 16, 1938, to maker Collier Youthful on August 5, 1948, also to Howard Duff on Oct 21, 1951. She co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in the 1940 film noir They Drive by Night time.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ida Lupino
Date Of Birth February 4, 1918
Died August 3, 1995, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality American, British
Spouse Howard Duff, Collier Young, Louis Hayward
Children Bridget Duff
Parents Stanley Lupino, Connie Emerald
Siblings Rita Lupino
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Dramatic or Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Actress in a Dramatic Series
Movies The Hitch-Hiker, The Bigamist, High Sierra, They Drive by Night, On Dangerous Ground, Not Wanted, Road House, Outrage, The Sea Wolf, Never Fear, While the City Sleeps, The Man I Love, Ladies in Retirement, The Light that Failed, The Hard Way, The Big Knife, Private Hell 36, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, The Trouble with Angels, One Rainy Afternoon, Junior Bonner, Her First Affaire, Women's Prison, Deep Valley, I Lived with You, Out of the Fog, Lust for Gold, Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, The Food of the Gods, The Devil's Rain, Beware, My Lovely, Moontide, Escape Me Never, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Devotion, Pillow to Post, Anything Goes, In Our Time, Woman in Hiding, The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, Peter Ibbetson, The Gay Desperado, The Ghost Camera, Fight for Your Lady, Search for Beauty, Strange Intruder, Jennifer, Come On Marines!, Hollywood Canteen, Artists and Models, The Lady and the Mob
TV Shows Mr. Adams and Eve, Four Star Playhouse
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1She was almost completely bald.
2She was an active board member of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
3She was an ardent Democrat who strongly supported the presidency of John F. Kennedy. During the 1940s when she was under contract with Warner Brothers, she was close friends with future president Ronald Reagan (whom at that point was a registered Democrat) and later was a guest at his wedding to Nancy Reagan and babysat the couple's children. Upon Reagan's 1962 switch from Democrat to Republican, Lupino was so livid by his decision that she ended her friendship with the Reagan s via a handwritten letter informing them that she believed it was both inexcusable and unacceptable that Reagan would abandon the Democrats in an election year. She never spoke to the Reagan family again for the rest of her life.
4Musician Paul Bley recorded a song in honor of her entitled "Ida Lupino", composed by his then-wife Carla Bley, for his 1965 album "Closer".
5Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
6She was close friends with Paul Henreid.
7Was friends with: Ann Sheridan, John Garfield, Joan Fontaine, Reginald Gardiner, Jane Wyman, David Niven, Alexis Smith, Audrey Totter, Harry Mines, Humphrey Bogart, George Raft, Olivia de Havilland, Vincent Sherman, Henry Willson, Nancy Coleman and Frances Robinson.
8Was a naturalized citizen of the United States.
9Lupino is an Italian surname. Her ancestors came from Bologna, Italy.
10At age ten, Lupino asked her father to construct a theater for her and her sister. The project resulted in an elaborate structure with electrical equipment, a pit, and seating for a hundred.
11Lupino was originally scheduled to play Cassandra Tower in Kings Row (1942), but when Warner Brothers decided to loan her to 20th Century-Fox for two films, she was replaced by Betty Field.
12Richard Boone told columnist Erskine Johnson in 1961 about her skills as a director, "Ida stimulates me as an actor because she knows acting. In a weekly show, you get into acting patterns. Ida gets you out of them.".
13Became lifelong friends with Mala Powers (whom she directed in Outrage (1950)). When Ida died in 1995, Mala was the executor of her estate.
14Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
15In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lidia Simoneschi, Renata Marini or Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Clelia Bernacchi, most notably in Hollywood Canteen (1944).
16She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
17She was the only person to both appear in and direct episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959): The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) and The Twilight Zone: The Masks (1964). She was also the only woman to have directed an episode of the series.
18Second cousin of actor Wallace Lupino and Lupino Lane.
19Cousin of actor Richard Lupino and Lauri Lupino Lane. Sister of Rita Lupino.
20Her daughter was born on April 23, 1952. She only weighed 4 pounds and almost died.
21Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985". Pages 617-621. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
22Arrived from England aboard the RMS Berengaria at New York on August 25, 1933 at age 15.
23She was the second woman to be admitted to the Director's Guild. Dorothy Arzner was the first.
24As rigid and tough-minded as Bette Davis, Ida would often refuse to play a Davis hand-me-down role and was often suspended by Warner Brothers for doing so. It was during those breaks that she would go on movie sets, chum around with the male directors and learned the craft of directing. Blazing new trails, she became the only notable and respected female filmmaker of her era in Hollywood.
25Widely respected as a pioneer for women filmmakers.
26Gave birth to her only child at age 34, a daughter Bridget Mirella Duff aka Bridget Duff, on April 23, 1952. Child's father is her 3rd [now ex] husband, Howard Duff.
27Daughter of British revue star and film comedian Stanley Lupino and Connie Emerald.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twilight Zone1959TV SeriesBarbara Trenton
Lux Playhouse1959TV SeriesClara Brown
Mr. Adams and Eve1957-1958TV SeriesEve Drake
Teenage Idol1958TV Movie
Zane Grey Theater1956TV SeriesLouise Brandon
Strange Intruder1956Alice Carmichael
Four Star Playhouse1953-1956TV SeriesEllen / Grace / Nina Barton / ...
While the City Sleeps1956Mildred Donner
The Big Knife1955Marion Castle
Women's Prison1955Amelia van Zandt
Private Hell 361954Lilli Marlowe
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV SeriesLotti Weston / Petra Manning
The Bigamist1953Phyllis Martin
Jennifer1953Agnes Langley
Beware, My Lovely1952Mrs. Helen Gordon
On Dangerous Ground1951Mary Malden
On the Loose1951Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Hard, Fast and Beautiful1951Seabright Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Outrage1950Country Dance Attendee (uncredited)
Woman in Hiding1950Deborah Chandler Clark
Lust for Gold1949Julia Thomas
Road House1948Lily Stevens
Escape Me Never1947Gemma Smith
Deep Valley1947Libby Saul
The Man I Love1947Petey Brown
Devotion1946Emily Bronte
Pillow to Post1945Jean Howard
Hollywood Canteen1944Ida Lupino
In Our Time1944Jennifer Whittredge
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Ida Lupino
The Hard Way1943Mrs. Helen Chernen
Forever and a Day1943Jenny Jones
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty1942Kathy Thomas
Moontide1942Anna
Ladies in Retirement1941Ellen Creed
Out of the Fog1941Stella Goodwin
The Sea Wolf1941Ruth Brewster
High Sierra1941Marie
They Drive by Night1940Lana Carlsen
The Light That Failed1939Bessie Broke
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1939Ann Brandon
The Lady and the Mob1939Lila Thorne
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt1939Val Carson
Fight for Your Lady1937Marietta
Artists & Models1937Paula Sewell / Paula Monterey
Let's Get Married1937Paula Quinn
Sea Devils1937Doris Malone
The Gay Desperado1936Jane
Yours for the Asking1936Gert Malloy
One Rainy Afternoon1936Monique Pelerin
Anything Goes1936Hope Harcourt
Peter Ibbetson1935Agnes
Smart Girl1935Pat Reynolds
Paris in Spring1935Mignon de Charelle
Ready for Love1934Marigold Tate
Come On, Marines!1934Esther Smith-Hamilton
Search for Beauty1934Barbara Hilton
High Finance1933Jill
Prince of Arcadia1933The Princess
I Lived with You1933Ada Wallis
Money for Speed1933Jane
The Ghost Camera1933Mary Elton
Her First Affaire1932Anne
The Love Race1931Minor Supporting Role (uncredited)
My Boys Are Good Boys1978Mrs. Morton
Charlie's Angels1977TV SeriesGloria Gibson
The Food of the Gods1976Mrs. Skinner
Police Woman1975TV SeriesHilda Morris
Switch1975TV SeriesMrs. Simon
Ellery Queen1975TV SeriesStephanie Talbott Kendrick
The Devil's Rain1975Mrs. Preston
The Manhunter1974TV SeriesMa Gantry
Columbo1972-1974TV SeriesEdna Basket Brown / Doris Buckner
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesWilma Jamison
Barnaby Jones1974TV SeriesKathy Revere
The Letters1973TV MovieMrs. Forrester
I Love a Mystery1973TV MovieRandolph Cheyne
Female Artillery1973TV MovieMartha Lindstrom
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1973TV SeriesDr. Marie Menzies
Deadhead Miles1973Ida Lupino
The Strangers in 7A1972TV MovieIris Sawyer
Junior Bonner1972Elvira Bonner
Medical Center1972TV SeriesMarion McKinnon
Alias Smith and Jones1972TV SeriesMia Bronson
Women in Chains1972TV MovieClaire Tyson
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesAunt Justine
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesJill Symington
Family Affair1969-1970TV SeriesLady Maudie Marshwood / Lady Marchwood
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesMonique Madison
Mod Squad1969TV SeriesIris Potter
The Outcasts1969TV SeriesMrs. Blake
It Takes a Thief1968TV SeriesDr. Schneider
Batman1968TV SeriesDr. Cassandra
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesElaine Bennett
Insight1967TV SeriesPaula
The Wild Wild West1966TV SeriesDr. Faustina
The Virginian1963-1965TV SeriesMama Dolores / Helen Blaine
The Rogues1964TV SeriesArlene
Burke's Law1963-1964TV SeriesMeniletha Calhoun / Lynn Dexter
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesHarriet Whitney
Sam Benedict1963TV SeriesRuth Tyler
The Investigators1961TV SeriesCharity Kittridge
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesDr. Mollie Gilbert
Death Valley Days1960TV SeriesPamela Mann
Bonanza1959TV SeriesAnnie O'Toole

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir1968TV Series 1 episode
Dundee and the Culhane1967TV Series 1 episode
Daniel Boone1967TV Series 1 episode
The Virginian1966TV Series 1 episode
Gilligan's Island1964-1966TV Series 4 episodes
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV Series 1 episode
The Trouble with Angels1966
Honey West1966TV Series 1 episode
Mr. Novak1963-1965TV Series 3 episodes
The Rogues1964-1965TV Series 2 episodes
Bewitched1965TV Series 1 episode
Twilight Zone1964TV Series 1 episode
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV Series 1 episode
Dr. Kildare1964TV Series 1 episode
The Fugitive1963-1964TV Series 3 episodes
Breaking Point1963TV Series 1 episode
The Untouchables1962-1963TV Series 3 episodes
Sam Benedict1962-1963TV Series 3 episodes
Thriller1961-1962TV Series 9 episodes
General Electric Theater1961-1962TV Series 5 episodes
The Rifleman1961TV Series 1 episode
Have Gun - Will Travel1959-1961TV Series 8 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960-1961TV Series 2 episodes
Hong Kong1960TV Series 2 episodes
Dante1960TV Series 1 episode
Tate1960TV Series 2 episodes
Hotel de Paree1959-1960TV Series 2 episodes
77 Sunset Strip1959TV Series 2 episodes
The Donna Reed Show1959TV Series 1 episode
Mr. Adams and Eve1958TV Series 1 episode
Teenage Idol1958TV Movie
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1956TV Series 1 episode
Climax!1956TV Series 1 episode
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV Series 1 episode
The Bigamist1953
The Hitch-Hiker1953
On Dangerous Ground1951uncredited
Hard, Fast and Beautiful1951
Outrage1950
Never Fear1949
Not Wanted1949uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thriller1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Four Star Playhouse1956TV Series story - 2 episodes
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV Series story - 1 episode
Private Hell 361954written for the screen by
The Hitch-Hiker1953screenplay
Outrage1950original screenplay
Never Fear1949writer
Not Wanted1949screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Private Hell 361954performer: "Didn't You Know?"
Road House1948performer: "One for My Baby And One More for the Road", "Again", "The Right Kind", "There'll Be Some Changes Made" - uncredited
The Man I Love1947performer: "The Man I Love", "Why Was I Born?"
Okay for Sound1946Documentary short performer: "The Man I Love" - uncredited
In Our Time1944performer: "Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21" 1829-30, "Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11" 1830 - uncredited
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943"The Dreamer" 1943, uncredited / performer: "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" 1854
Fight for Your Lady1937performer: "Blame It on the Danube" 1937

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never Fear1949producer
Not Wanted1949producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The Merv Griffin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
Tribute to Bogart1972TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man1970TV SpecialHerself
The Movie Game1970TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Gypsy1967TV SeriesHerself
You Don't Say1964TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1960TV SeriesHerself
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1959TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1957TV SeriesHerself
Climax!1956TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 61939Documentary shortHerself
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara1935ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crawford at Warners2008Video documentary shortHerself
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHerself
Pulp Cinema2001Video documentaryHerself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactress 'High Sierra' (uncredited)
Backtrack!1969Mama Dolores
Frontier Justice1958-1961TV SeriesLouise Brandon
The Screen Director1951Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & TelevisionPosthumously
1976Golden ScrollAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressThe Devil's Rain (1975)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1724 Vine Street.
1943NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Hard Way (1943)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesMr. Adams and Eve (1957)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy SeriesMr. Adams and Eve (1957)
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic SeriesFour Star Playhouse (1952)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressJunior Bonner (1972)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressJunior Bonner (1972)

TitleSalary
Deep Valley (1947)95,000
Out of the Fog (1941)$40,000

#Quote
1[To a method actor] Darling, we have a three day schedule. There's no time to do anything but to do it.
2[To Jack L. Warner after turning down a four year exclusive contract] I don't want to be told someday that I will be replaced by some starlet as I was told I would replace Bette [Davis].
3The beautiful thing about Warner Brothers when I was there was, I only worked with great people, actors, directors, producers. But when I left, nobody said goodbye.
4I'd love to see more women working as directors and producers. Today, it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power... I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right.
5My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England - I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.

#Trademark
1Calls everyone "Darling"

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