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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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May 29, 1912 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Vagabond King 1930-02-17
Latest Project:
Movie Isle of Dogs 2018-03-23
Known For
Poster of The Singing Sheriff
Poster of Million Dollar Kid
Poster of Rumba
Poster of The Vagabond King
Movie Isle of Dogs Myrtle 2018-03-23
Movie L'età d'oro Arlene 2016-04-07
Movie Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Maisie 2014-12-25
Movie Exchange Student Zero Goldie Duvall 2012-12-16
Movie Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited) 2007-09-14
Movie Revolver Muriel Randel 2005-09-11
Movie Wild Things 2 Klingman's Secretary 2004-03-06
Movie American Perfekt Myrtle 1997-03-01
Movie Crimson Tide Bernice Quigley 1995-05-12
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1995 Maisie 1995-09-17
Movie Opera No. 1 Rita 1994-01-02
Movie A Pin for the Butterfly Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited) 1994-09-13
Movie A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy (archive footage) 1992-04-05
Movie F/X2 Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited) 1991-04-16
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 Corleone Wilma 1978-01-02
Movie No Deposit, No Return Housewife 1976-02-05
Movie The Apple Dumpling Gang Poker Polly 1975-07-01
Movie 100 Rifles Goldie Allen 1969-03-26
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
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie Blue Hawaii Enid Garvey 1961-11-22
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
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, Waitress 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
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
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 Mighty Joe Young Gloria 1949-07-27
Movie Flamingo Road Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited) 1949-05-06
Movie The Sky Dragon Wanda LaFern 1949-04-27
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 Out of the Storm Ginger 1948-09-11
Movie Smart Woman Newspaper Columnist 1948-04-30
Movie The Paleface Pepper 1948-12-24
Movie Fall Guy Mrs. Sindell 1947-03-15
Movie Philo Vance Returns Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine 1947-04-14
Movie The Trouble with Women Rita La May 1947-06-25
Movie Love and Learn New Danceland Hostess 1947-05-02
Movie The Bamboo Blonde Montana Jones 1946-07-15
Movie Cross My Heart Miss Baggart 1946-12-18
Movie It's a Pleasure Wilma 1945-03-03
Movie Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Martha 1945-07-05
Movie Road to Alcatraz Louise Rogers 1945-07-10
Movie The Stork Club Gwen 1945-12-28
Movie Shake Hands with Murder Patsy Brent 1944-04-22
Movie Million Dollar Kid Mazie Dunbar 1944-02-28
Movie Career Girl Glenda Benton 1944-01-11
Movie Swing Hostess Marge O'Day 1944-09-08
Movie The Singing Sheriff Lefty 1944-09-01
Movie Alaska Kitty 1944-11-18
Movie Bluebeard Mimi 1944-11-11
Movie The Woman in the Window Streetwalker (uncredited) 1944-11-03
Movie I'm from Arkansas Doris 1944-10-31
Movie Taxi, Mister Waitress 1943-04-16
Movie Ladies' Day Kitty McClouen 1943-04-09
Movie The Crystal Ball Mrs. Angela Martin 1943-01-22
Movie Lady of Burlesque Gee Gee Graham 1943-06-01
Movie Calaboose Gert 1943-01-29
Movie Action in the North Atlantic Jenny O'Hara (uncredited) 1943-06-12
Movie Hers to Hold Arlene 1943-07-16
Movie His Butler's Sister Sunshine Twin 1943-11-26
Movie Spotlight Scandals Bernice Quigley 1943-09-24
Movie Submarine Base Dorothy 1943-07-20
Movie Roxie Hart 'Two-Gun' Gertie Baxter 1942-02-20
Movie Broadway Maisie 1942-05-08
Movie Highways by Night Blonde Chorine 1942-10-02
Movie Too Many Blondes Hortense Kent 1941-08-01
Movie Road to Zanzibar French soubrette 1941-04-11
Movie Wild Geese Calling Mazie 1941-08-15
Movie Horror Island Arleen Grady 1941-03-28
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Chorus Girl 1941-04-11
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 1941-10-31
Movie Hard Guy Goldie Duvall 1941-10-17
Movie Meet the Wildcat Jail Cell Blonde 1940-11-22
Movie Go West Mary Lou 1940-12-06
Movie Back Door to Heaven Sugar, Burlesque Dancer 1939-04-19
Movie ...One Third of a Nation... Myrtle 1939-02-10
Movie Murder at Glen Athol Muriel Randel 1936-02-27
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 Lady Luck Rita 1936-09-13
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