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Iris Adrian

Sugar, Pepper, Pearl, Sunny, Goldie, Bubbles, all those are nicknames borne by petite actress Iris Adrian in several of the 160 movies she made. With such names, don't expect to see her playing Joan of Ark or Electra but it remains that all these pet names reflect her winning femininity, its sweetness, its spiciness, its radiance. What's more their funny overtones are telltale signs of Iris Adrian's own quick witty sense of humor. Sexy yes, but with a sharp tongue. This aspect of her personality helped her to evolve and last, changing from the roles of blonde chorines or waitresses or, on the wilder side, of streetwalkers and other gangsters' molls to colorful bit parts in comedies with Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley. She ended up playing almost exclusively for Walt Disney productions before retiring at the respectable age of 82. Though she never achieved star status she could easily have if the circumstances had been favorable. For she steals scenes in a lot of movies provided of course her role is fleshed out sufficiently. She was excellent, for instance, in more than one poverty row crime movies. Don't miss her in 'Gold Diggers of 1937', 'Go West' (with the Marx Brothers, 1940), 'Lady of Burlesque' (1943), 'The Paleface'(1948), 'Once a Thief' (1950) and 'The Errand Boy' (with Jerry Lewis, 1961). Date of Death 17 September 1994, Hollywood, California  (aftermath of earthquake)


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Born:
May 29, 1912 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
101
First Appeared:
In the movie The Vagabond King 1930-02-17
Latest Project:
Movie A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy 1992-04-05
Known For
Poster of There's a Girl in My Heart
Poster of Spotlight Scandals
Poster of Murder at Glen Athol
Filmography
Movie A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy (archive footage) 1992-04-05
Movie Herbie Goes Bananas Loud American Wife 1980-06-25
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series The Ted Knight Show Dottie 1978-04-08
Movie No Deposit, No Return Housewife 1976-02-05
Movie Freaky Friday Bus Passenger 1976-12-17
Movie The Apple Dumpling Gang Poker Polly 1975-07-01
Movie The Odd Couple Waitress 1968-02-07
Movie The Love Bug Carhop 1968-12-22
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie That Darn Cat! Landlady 1965-12-02
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Munsters Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie Blue Hawaii Enid Garvey 1961-11-22
Movie The Errand Boy Anastasia Anastasia, Actress 1961-11-28
Movie The Buccaneer Brown's Blowsy Girlfriend 1958-12-11
Movie The Helen Morgan Story Klingman's Secretary 1957-10-05
Movie Carnival Rock Celia 1957-01-01
Movie The Fast and the Furious Wilma Belding 1955-02-15
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Highway Dragnet Dolly - Cafe Waitress 1954-01-27
Movie Carson City Saloon Girl 1952-06-13
Movie Abbott and Costello: The Drugstore Woman Who Slaps Lou 1952-12-05
Movie My Favorite Spy Lola 1951-12-25
Movie Stop That Cab Lucy Gugenheimer 1951-03-30
Movie The Scarf Floozy at Level Louie's Place 1951-04-06
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Blondie's Hero Mae 1950-03-09
Movie Sideshow Nellie 1950-06-18
Movie Hi-Jacked Aggie 1950-07-07
Movie Once a Thief Pearl 1950-07-07
Movie The Lovable Cheat Madame Mercadet 1949-05-11
Movie Flamingo Road Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited) 1949-05-06
Movie The Sky Dragon Wanda LaFern 1949-04-27
Movie Mighty Joe Young Gloria 1949-07-27
Movie Trail of the Yukon Paula 1949-07-31
Movie There's a Girl in My Heart Lulu Troy 1949-12-19
Movie Tough Assignment Gloria (the moll) 1949-11-15
Movie The Woman on Pier 13 Waitress 1949-10-08
Movie Smart Woman Newspaper Columnist 1948-04-30
Movie Out of the Storm Ginger 1948-09-11
Movie The Paleface Pepper 1948-12-24
Movie Fall Guy Mrs. Sindell 1947-03-15
Movie Philo Vance Returns Maggie McCarthy, aka Choo-choo Divine 1947-04-14
Movie Love and Learn New Danceland Hostess 1947-05-02
Movie The Trouble with Women Rita La May 1947-06-25
Movie The Bamboo Blonde Montana Jones 1946-07-15
Movie Cross My Heart Miss Baggart 1946-12-18
Movie Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Martha 1945-07-05
Movie It's a Pleasure Wilma 1945-03-03
Movie Road to Alcatraz Louise Rogers 1945-07-10
Movie The Stork Club Gwen 1945-12-28
Movie Once Upon a Time Woman Exiting Theatre Lobby 1944-06-29
Movie Million Dollar Kid Mazie Dunbar 1944-02-28
Movie Career Girl Glenda Benton 1944-01-11
Movie The Singing Sheriff Lefty 1944-09-01
Movie Shake Hands with Murder Patsy Brent 1944-04-22
Movie Swing Hostess Marge O'Day 1944-09-08
Movie The Woman in the Window Streetwalker (uncredited) 1944-11-03
Movie Bluebeard Mimi 1944-11-11
Movie I'm from Arkansas Doris 1944-10-31
Movie Alaska Kitty 1944-11-18
Movie Taxi, Mister Waitress 1943-04-16
Movie Ladies' Day Kitty McClouen 1943-04-09
Movie Calaboose Gert 1943-01-29
Movie Lady of Burlesque Gee Gee Graham 1943-06-01
Movie The Crystal Ball Mrs. Angela Martin 1943-01-22
Movie Submarine Base Dorothy 1943-07-20
Movie His Butler's Sister Sunshine Twin 1943-11-26
Movie Action in the North Atlantic Jenny O'Hara (uncredited) 1943-06-12
Movie Spotlight Scandals Bernice Quigley 1943-09-24
Movie Hers to Hold Arlene 1943-07-16
Movie Roxie Hart 'Two-Gun' Gertie Baxter 1942-02-20
Movie Highways by Night Blonde Chorine 1942-10-02
Movie Broadway Maisie 1942-05-08
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Chorus Girl 1941-04-11
Movie Road to Zanzibar French soubrette 1941-04-11
Movie Horror Island Arleen Grady 1941-03-28
Movie Too Many Blondes Hortense Kent 1941-08-01
Movie Sing Another Chorus Francine La Verne 1941-09-19
Movie I Killed That Man Verne Drake 1941-11-28
Movie New York Town Toots O'Day (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Hard Guy Goldie Duvall 1941-10-17
Movie Wild Geese Calling Mazie 1941-08-15
Movie Meet the Wildcat Jail Cell Blonde 1940-11-22
Movie Go West Mary Lou 1940-12-06
Movie ...One Third of a Nation... Myrtle 1939-02-10
Movie Back Door to Heaven Sugar, Burlesque Dancer 1939-04-19
Movie Murder at Glen Athol Muriel Randel 1936-02-27
Movie Lady Luck Rita 1936-09-13
Movie One Rainy Afternoon Ticket seller at movie theatre 1936-05-13
Movie Our Relations Alice 1936-10-30
Movie Mister Cinderella Lil, Maizie's Friend 1936-10-22
Movie Rumba Goldie Allen 1935-02-08
Movie Stolen Harmony Sunny Verne 1935-04-20
Movie The Vagabond King Extra 1930-02-17
Movie Let's Go Native Chorine (uncredited) 1930-08-15
Movie Lord Byron of Broadway Lady In The Audience 1930-02-28