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Luana Walters

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Luana Walters
Walters in 1933
Born(1912-07-22)July 22, 1912
DiedMay 19, 1963(1963-05-19) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1930–1956
Known forWestern movies
Spouse(s)Max Hoffman Jr. (1936–1945; his death)

Luana Walters (July 22, 1912 – May 19, 1963) was an American motion picture actress from Los Angeles, California.[1]

Biography

Walters was an expert horsewoman which led to her discovery as an actress at a rodeo in Palm Springs, California. She won a woman's bucking contest which was being watched by a movie scout, who noticed her.

Her film career began when she visited a friend on a United Artists lot. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was excited about her screen possibilities and arranged for a film test. However, only three days later Fairbanks went to Europe, and the test was never completed. Not long afterwards Joe Schenck saw Walters on the dance floor at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, California. After viewing the abbreviated test made by Fairbanks, Schenck offered her a contract with United Artists. The studio did not make a movie in the next six months so Walters' option was not taken up.

Luana Walters as Jane Forbes in Misbehaving Husbands (1940)
Luana Walters as Jane Forbes in Misbehaving Husbands (1940)

Walters' screen credits start with an uncredited role in Reaching for the Moon (1930). Her skill as an equestrian helped her in parts in westerns like Ride 'Em Cowboy (1936), Where the West Begins (1938), Mexicali Rose (1939), and Law of the Wolf (1939).[2] On several occasions Walters made films in which her work was left in the cutting room, from the final edit. This began when she made Reaching for the Moon with Fairbanks. Her parts were also deleted from Spawn of the North (1938) and Souls at Sea (1937). The former was a Henry Fonda feature and the latter paired Walters with Robert Cummings.[3]

Walters was the first actress to portray Superman's biological mother Lara in a live-action format.[citation needed] She appeared in "Superman Comes to Earth", the first chapter of the 1948 Superman movie serial starring Kirk Alyn as Superman. Portions of this depiction appear in flashback in "At the Mercy of Atom Man!", the seventh chapter of the 1950 serial Atom Man vs. Superman. She worked in a number of movie serials and B-Movies, especially in Westerns, featuring her riding skills, and sci-fi or horror genres.[4] She played a female reporter on the trail of a fiend's story in The Corpse Vanishes (1942), with Bela Lugosi. She appears as a cellblock guard in Girls in Prison (1956).[5] Her final role came in The She Creature (1956).[6]

Death

Luana Walters died from effects of alcoholism May 19, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "Luana Walters - Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
  2. ^ "Luana Walters, film actress". digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Anderson, Chuck. "Luana Walters". www.b-westerns.com. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Luana Walters | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Filmography for Luana Walters". Tcm.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Blottner, Gene (December 22, 2011). Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926–1955: The Harry Cohn Years. McFarland. ISBN 9780786486724.

Sources

  • The Helena Independent, Harrison In Hollywood, December 23, 1938, Page 11.
  • Ironwood, Michigan Daily Globe, In Hollywood, December 8, 1936, Page 6.
  • Mansfield, Ohio News Journal, Theaters, June 29, 1942, Page 13.
  • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, At The Theaters, March 3, 1938, Page 13.
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