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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 3, 1920 ~It was a century ago LOUISE ALLBRITTON, popular dimpled Hollywood actress of the 1940s/50s, known for her lower-case Eve Arden-type no-nonsense delivery in films like comedies "The Egg and I" (1947) as lady farmer with eyes on Fred MacMurray, and "Sitting Pretty" (1948) loyal best friend to Maureen O'Hara, was born 100 years ago today! ...

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Date Posted: Friday, July 03, 11:40:54am
In reply to: jlp 's message, "July 3rd~Happy 101st Birthday! Author Ingrid Arvidsson, Actor Sergio Mendizabal is 100, Politician M.S. Sathyu is 99, Actor Jan Bógdol is 90, Actor Ku Feng is 90, Director M.S. Saithyu turns 90," on Thursday, July 02, 08:59:59pm

Louise Allbritton
(July 3, 1920 – February 16, 1979)

American film and stage actress born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She played in such films
as Pittsburgh (1942), Son of Dracula (1943), The Egg and I (1947), and Sitting Pretty (1948). ...

Biography ...
Born in 1920, Allbritton was the daughter of E.E. Allbritton of Wichita Falls, Texas. Louise's mother Caroline died when Louise was a very young child. She attended the University of Oklahoma University where she studied journalism but after two years, quit and moved to California where she joined the Pasadena Playhouse to learn her craft. While apprenticing there, she tried unsuccessfully to get film work but was told she was too tall. She remained at the Pasadena Playhouse where she performed lead roles in several productions but without film work she began to think she would move back to Texas and life on the 100,000 acre ranch with her father. Her father cut off her allowance in hopes that she would return home. As so often happens (particularly in the movies), a scout from Columbia Pictures happened to catch her matriculating on stage and offered her a role in an upcoming Fay Wray-Paul Kelly film called Not a Ladies Man. Which stunk. Shortly after that film's release, Louise was in another Columbia stinker -- Parachute Nurse (1942). Louise claimed she played the parachute.

...Soon after, Louise signed a seven-year contract with Universal, a company not well-renowned for promoting their actors. Universal was known, however, for firing actors (and they in turn found stardom at other studios) and their horror pictures. Louise only made 23 lesser films, but enabled her to continue in Hollywood, in films like the comedies "Who Done It" w/Abbott & Costello, or "Her Primitive Man (1944) w/Robert Benchley. The horror movie, “Son of Dracula”, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. in 1943 may have been her most notable film. ...

During World War II, Allbritton performed overseas with a USO troupe, a group that "[g]ave show after show, many of them to the accompaniment of the thunder of enemy guns." During this time, through her good friend Carole Landis, she met a real-life war correspondent Charles Collingwood -who would become Louise's husband for the remainder of her life. And when her film contract was up, she retired into her mew family, dotting the globe with her journalist husband.

...On return, Allbritton had a leading role in the Broadway production of "The Seven Year Itch", soonafter she returned to Hollywood's new medium television, where she co-starred in the CBS drama "Stage Door" (1950), and later playing the title role in the NBC-TV series "Concerning "Miss Marlowe" (1954). She went on to appear in dozens of TV guest appearances in projects like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and "Naked City". Her film screen effort was in the titled role in "Felicia" in 1964, as a wealthy widow of a famed humanitarian blames herself for his accidental death and becomes an alcoholic recluse.

Married to CBS news correspondent and author Charles Collingwood from 1946 until her death and retired
several years after their marriage. Collingwood went on to become chief correspondent of CBS, and was host of TV's
"Eyewitness to History" series, remembered for his 1962 White House tour interview w/First Lady Jackie Kennedy. ...

Death ...
Allbritton died of cancer on February 16, 1979, in Puerta Vallarta,
Mexico, where she and Collingwood had one of their homes. ...

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While filming Son of Dracula (1943), Allbritton and co-star Robert Paige were constantly playing jokes on their cast mates. One day, actor Pat Moriarity and Paige were filming a scene where they flip open her character's coffin. (NT)They were astonished, upon opening the lid, to find Albritton inside, completely naked.Friday, July 03, 11:45:02am
Allbritton was in two of my favorite 1940s comedies -"The Egg and I", and "Sitting Pretty", the latter with the last surviving cast member still living -Betty "Thelma Lou" Lynn, who played bobbysoxer 'Ginger'! ...PicFriday, July 03, 01:02:45pm

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