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Luana Walters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Luana Walters (July 22, 1912 - May 19, 1963) was a motion picture actress from Los Angeles, California. Walters was an expert horsewoman which led to her discovery as an actress at a rodeo in Palm Springs, California. She won a woman's bucking contest which was being watched by a movie scout, who noticed her. Her film career began when she visited a friend on a United Artists lot. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. was excited about her screen possibilities and arranged for a film test. However, only three days later Fairbanks went to Europe, and the test was never completed. Not long afterwards Joe Schenck saw Walters on the dance floor at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, California. After viewing the abbreviated test made by Fairbanks, Schenck offered her a contract with United Artists. The studio did not make a movie in the next six months so Walters' option was not taken up. Walters' screen credits start with an uncredited role in Reaching For The Moon (film) (1930). Her skill as an equestrian helped her in parts in westerns like Ride 'Em Cowboy (1936), Where The West Begins (1938), Mexicali Rose (1939), and Law Of The Wolf (1939). On many occasions Walters made films in which her role was cut out. This began when she made Reaching for the Moon (film) with Fairbanks. Her parts were also deleted from Spawn of the North (1938) and Souls At Sea (1937). The former was a Carole Lombard feature and the latter paired Walters with Robert Cummings. Walters was the first actress to portray Superman's biological mother Lara in a live-action format. She appeared in "Superman Comes to Earth", the first chapter of the 1948 Superman movie serial. Portions of this depiction appear in flashback in "At the Mercy of Atom Man!", the seventh chapter of the 1950 serial Atom Man vs. Superman. In the latter portion of her career Walters was in a number of B-Movie films, most of them of the sci-fi and horror genres. She plays a female reporter on the trail of a fiend's story in The Corpse Vanishes (1942), with Bela Lugosi. She appears as a cellblock guard in Girls In Prison (1956). Her final role came in The She Creature (1956). Luana Walters died of liver failure due to alcoholism in Los Angeles in 1963. Description above from the Wikipedia article Luana Walters, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 22, 1912 In Los Angeles, California, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Miss Pinkerton 1932-05-27
Latest Project:
Movie Girls in Prison 1956-07-01
Known For
Poster of The Return of Wild Bill
Poster of The Buccaneer
Poster of Where the West Begins
Poster of The Third Sex
Movie Girls in Prison Cellblock guard 1956-07-01
Movie Arthur Takes Over Newspaper Woman 1948-04-07
Movie Shoot to Kill Marian Langdon (as Susan Walters) 1947-03-15
Movie Drums of Fu Manchu Mary Randolph 1943-11-27
Movie Lawless Plainsmen Baltimore Bonnie Dixon 1942-03-17
Movie Captain Midnight Fury Shark 1942-02-15
Movie The Lone Star Vigilantes Marcia Banning 1942-01-01
Movie The Corpse Vanishes Patricia Hunter, Reporter 1942-05-08
Movie Down Texas Way Mary Hopkins 1942-05-22
Movie Bad Men of the Hills Laurie Bishop 1942-08-13
Movie Inside the Law Dora Mason 1942-05-08
Movie Thundering Hoofs Nancy Kellogg 1942-07-24
Movie The Kid's Last Ride Sally Rowell 1941-02-10
Movie Across the Sierras Anne Woodworth 1941-02-13
Movie Arizona Bound Ruth Masters 1941-07-19
Movie No Greater Sin Sandra James 1941-08-29
Movie Drums of Fu Manchu Mary Randolph 1940-03-15
Movie Millionaire Playboy Resort Girl 1940-03-14
Movie The Durango Kid Nancy Winslow 1940-08-15
Movie The Return of Wild Bill Kate Kilgore 1940-06-26
Movie Misbehaving Husbands Jane Forbes 1940-12-20
Movie The Tulsa Kid Mary Wallace 1940-08-16
Movie Blondie Plays Cupid Millie 1940-10-31
Movie The Range Busters Carol Thorp 1940-08-22
Movie Cafe Society Cigarette Girl 1939-03-03
Movie Paris Honeymoon Angela 1939-01-27
Movie Fangs of the Wild Carol Dean 1939-01-01
Movie Mexicali Rose Anita Loredo 1939-03-26
Movie Eternally Yours Girl at Shower (uncredited) 1939-10-07
Movie Hotel Imperial Nurse (uncredited) 1939-05-11
Movie Honeymoon in Bali Girl Having Her Fortune Told (uncredited) 1939-09-29
Movie Mutiny on the Blackhawk Unknown 1939-07-31
Movie Law of the Wolf Ruth Adams 1939-06-15
Movie The Buccaneer Suzette 1938-02-04
Movie Assassin of Youth Joan Barry 1938-02-23
Movie Where the West Begins Lynne Reed 1938-02-02
Movie Marie Antoinette Woman in Gaming House (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Say It in French Hat Check Girl 1938-11-25
Movie Thanks for the Memory Model (uncredited) 1938-11-11
Movie Under Strange Flags Dolores de Vargas 1937-04-11
Movie The Speed Reporter May 1936-05-13
Movie Aces and Eights Juanita Hernandez 1936-06-06
Movie Ride 'Em Cowboy Lillian Howard 1936-09-20
Movie Shadow of Chinatown Sonya Rokoff 1936-10-10
Movie The Third Sex Elinor Gordon 1934-11-08
Movie Fighting Texans Jo Ann Carver 1933-06-15
Movie Miss Pinkerton First Nurse (uncredited) 1932-05-27
Movie Two Seconds Tart (uncredited) 1932-05-28
Movie End of the Trail Luana (as Luanna Walters) 1932-12-19