Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Andrea King (1919-2003)

Beautiful Andrea King began acting professionally at the age of 14. She was first signed to a Warner Brothers contract in 1944 and her first leading role came early on with Hotel Berlin (1945). Her Film Noir resume includes such classics as
Shadow of a Woman (1946), The Man I Love (1947), Ride the Pink Horse (1947), Dial 1119 (1950), and Southside 1-1000 (1950). She continued to work steadily in leading roles and "bad girl" second leads throughout the 40s and 50s and made many starring television appearances as well, most notably in the original 1953 live broadcast of "Witness for the Prosecution" for "Lux Video Theatre" (1950) opposite Edward G. Robinson.

on the set of The Man I Love (1947) with Martha Vickers

and with Ida Lupino

Southside 1-1000 (1950) Title Card

with Don DeFore in Southside 1-1000 (1950)

with Scott Brady in I Was a Shoplifter (1950)

with Scott Brady in I Was a Shoplifter (1950)

Outlaw Queen (1957) Title Card

Red Planet Mars (1952) Title Card

with Helmut Dantine in Shadow of a Woman (1946)

Ride the Pink Horse (1947) One Sheet

with Philip Friend in Buccaneer's Girl (1950)

Proudly We Serve (1944) with Warren Douglas

with husband Nat Willis, ca. 1940s

Call me old fashioned, but I'm always impressed by those Hollywood personages who manage to avoid the marriage-go-round. Andrea married her husband, Nat Willis in 1940 at the age of 21 and so it remained until his death in 1970.

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