Ida Lupino

British/American actress (1918–1995) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ida Lupino (4 February 1918[1] – 3 August 1995) was an English-American actress, singer, director, writer, and producer. Throughout her 48-year career, she appeared in 59 films and directed eight, working primarily in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948.

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Ida Lupino
Lupino before performance on the radio series Cavalcade of America
Born(1918-02-04)4 February 1918
Herne Hill, London, England
Died3 August 1995(1995-08-03) (aged 77)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
United States
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actress
  • singer
  • director
  • producer
Years active1931–1978
Political partyDemocrat
    (m. 1938; div. 1945)
      (m. 1948; div. 1951)
        (m. 1951; div. 1984)

        She is widely regarded as the most prominent female filmmaker working in the 1950s during the Hollywood studio system.[2] With her independent production company, she co-wrote and co-produced several social-message films and became the first woman to direct a film noir, The Hitch-Hiker, in 1953. Among her other directed films, the best known are Not Wanted (1949), about unwed pregnancy (she took over for a sick director and refused directorial credit); Never Fear (1950), loosely based upon her own experiences battling paralyzing polio; Outrage (1950), one of the first films about rape; The Bigamist (1953) (which was named in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die); and The Trouble with Angels (1966). Her short yet immensely influential directorial career, tackling themes of women trapped by social conventions, usually under melodramatic or noir coverings, is a pioneering example of proto-feminist filmmaking.[3]

        As an actress, her best known films are The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) with Basil Rathbone; They Drive by Night (1940) with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart; High Sierra (1941) with Bogart; The Sea Wolf (1941) with Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield; Ladies in Retirement (1941) with Louis Hayward; Moontide (1942) with Jean Gabin; The Hard Way (1943); Deep Valley (1947) with Dane Clark; Road House (1948) with Cornel Wilde and Richard Widmark; While the City Sleeps (1956) with Dana Andrews and Vincent Price; and Junior Bonner (1972) with Steve McQueen.

        She also directed more than 100 episodes of television shows in a variety of genres, including westerns, supernatural tales, situation comedies, murder mysteries, and gangster stories.[4] She was the only woman to direct an episode of the original The Twilight Zone series ("The Masks"), and the only director to star in an episode ("The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine").[5]