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Janet Chandler (December 31, 1911[1] – March 16, 1994) was a model and actress in American films. She had starring roles in several films of the 1930s. She was born Lillian Guenther in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She began her film career as a child actress.[2]

Born Lillian Elizabeth Guenther in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Albert John and Janet Elizabeth (Williams) Guenther, Chandler was a leading lady in the films The Golden West[3] and Cowboy Holiday.[4] After her family moved to Los Angeles, California, young Lillian attended girls schools (Harter, Orton).

Chandler married twice and had three daughters. On October 21, 1935, she married George Edward Barrett, a New York investment broker. They divorced in 1947.[5] She married, secondly, to playwright Joseph Kramm in 1956. That union also ended in divorce.[6][7] [8]

Chandler died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 1994, aged 82, of heart failure[2] and was interred in Bellwood Cemetery in her native Pine Bluff, Arkansas.[9]

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Janet Chandler; Actress Starred in 1930s Films". Los Angeles Times. March 28, 1994.
  3. ^ Tildesley, Alice L. (16 Oct 1932). ""New Faces!" Growing Cry of Movie Barons". The Washington Post. p. SM4. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ "16mm Sound-on-Film Motion Pictures". Films Incorporated. 1936. p. 4. Retrieved March 9, 2021. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  5. ^ "Janet Chandler Married". New York Times. October 31, 1935. p. 22. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ http://archives.bu.edu/finding-aid/finding_aid_122277.pdf
  7. ^ "Collection - Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center". archives.bu.edu.
  8. ^ "Culpepper Family Tree (complete version) - Person Page". freepages.rootsweb.com.
  9. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (May 1, 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. ISBN 9780786450190 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Willis, John; Monush, Barry (February 1, 2000). Comprehensive Pictorial and Statistical Record of the 1994 Movie Season. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781557832337 – via Google Books.
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