In the records of revered and celebrated personalities in Hollywood, there are many names that have contributed in one way or the other, in transforming Hollywood into the leading entertainment industry in the world. One of those names is Lola Albright, a singer and an actress who worked in the industry for 37 years between 1984 and 1947.
Lola Albright, over the course of her career, was also known to be a model while she racked up 99 credits in her filmography across both movies and TV shows. After 92 years on earth, she passed away in March 2017 with tributes from many in the industry for her contributions to the art.
Lola Albright’s Biography
Lola Albright was born in Akron, Ohio as Lola Jean Albright to parents Marion A and John Paul Albright. She grew up under parents who were gospel music singers, meaning her parents were her first exposure to show business.
For her education, she attended King Grammar School and West High School. But before she joined high school, Lola Albright had begun singing in public at a young age and began to study the piano which she continued for a total of 20 years.
Before she began her career in Hollywood at the age of 23, she worked as a receptionist for a local radio station, also worked as a stenographer and recorded her first performance on the radio on WJW. Shortly before she moved to Hollywood, Lola Albright worked as a model for a photographer.
After getting discovered by a scout during her modeling days, she subsequently made her debut in a Hollywood film in 1947, in the movie, The Unfinished Dance, where she appeared as an unnamed character. Her appearances as an unnamed character continued well into 1949 through a series of movies before she was cast as a named character in the movie, Champion, later in 1949. In the same year, she also appeared as Mary Simmons in Bodyhold.
Her appearance in Champion gave her a much-needed exposure and she went on to star in several more movies over the next decade like Sierra Passage, Arctic Flight and so on. Lola appeared in her first TV show in 1951, in the show, Armstrong Circle Theatre.
After her first appearance in a TV series, Lola Albright went on to appear in several more over the next couple of decades, making major appearances in shows like The Bob Cummings Show, Burke’s Law, Peyton Place, Branded and several more. Her most popular show appearance was in Peter Gunn, where she appeared over the course of three years in 84 episodes, playing the character, Edie Hart.
Eventually, after a long career with over three decades as a working actress, Lola Albright called time on her career. Her last movie was a TV movie, Terraces (1977) where she played Dorothea Cabe and her last show was a guest appearance in an episode of Airwolf, as Beatrice Moretti in 1984.
As a singer, she performed in 38 episodes of Peter Gunn and released an album, Lola Wants You, in 1957, under Columbia Records. Her second album was Dreamsville, which was released in 1959.
Lola Albright’s Life Achievements
Considering many set out for a career in show business but very few get to make a name for themselves, one could say that a long career in the business that spanned thirty-seven years is her biggest achievement.
However, in addition to appearing in multiple movies and TV shows, Lola Albright was a winner of the Silver Berlin Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival as Best Actress for Lord Love a Duck. She also received a Primetime Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Peter Gunn.
What was Her Net Worth?
Over the course of her 37 years in the industry, Lola Albright appeared in several movies and TV shows and modeled for a number of magazines and brands. While all of these undoubtedly earned her a significant net worth, the exact amount is unknown.
Cause of Death
Prior to her death, Lola Albright lived quietly away from media attention having retired from the world of entertainment. Then in 2014, an unfortunate house accident caused her to fall and fracture her spine, leading to a steady decline in her health over the years until her eventual passing at the age of 92 in her home on the 23rd of March, 2017.