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Lois January

Lois January was an American actress who performed small roles in several B-movies during the 1930s. Lois also had a secondary part in the Wizard Of Oz, towards the end of the movie, holding a Siamese cat in her arms. Toto jumps out of the basket of the hot air balloon that was supposed to take him, Dorothy and the Wizard away from the Land of Oz. January's first credited role was in 1933, in the film UM-PA. Her most famous role, however, is probably as the Emerald City manicurist in The Wizard of Oz who sings to Dorothy that "we can make a dimpled smile out of a frown". Although the character was unnamed, many fans believe it to be an incarnation of novel character Jellia Jamb. During the 1930s she played in numerous westerns as the heroine, usually opposite Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Steele, Tim McCoy and Bob Baker, among others. In 1935 she starred opposite Reb Russell in Arizona Badman, and in 1936 she starred with Brown in Rogue of the Range, and alongside Tim McCoy in Border Caballero. While under contract with Universal Pictures she continued to play heroine roles in westerns, and in 1937 she starred opposite Bob Baker in Courage of the West. The reissuing of the 1935 exploitation film The Pace That Kills (under the title Cocaine Fiends) would eventually lend January even more exposure, however limited. January's Broadway credits include High Kickers (1941) and Yokel Boy (1939). By the mid-1940s, her starring roles had waned but she continued to act in non-starring parts. In 1942 she was the "poster girl" for Chesterfield cigarettes. From 1960 through 1987 she played numerous small roles on television, to include roles on My Three Sons and Marcus Welby, M.D. Her last acting role was in 1987, on the television movie Double Agent. During the 1980s she attended several western film festivals.

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Oct 5, 1912 In McAllen, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Too Many Women 1932-05-14
Latest Project:
Movie Double Agent 1987-03-29
Known For
Poster of Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Poster of Marcus Welby, M.D.
Poster of Stolen Harmony
Poster of By Candlelight
Movie Double Agent Dowager 1987-03-29
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie My Darling Daughters' Anniversary Nurse 1973-11-08
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie Three Cheers for the Girls Brunette in Dressing Room (uncredited) 1943-05-08
Movie Lightnin' Crandall Sheila Shannon 1937-03-24
Movie Bar-Z Bad Men Beth Harvey 1937-04-21
Movie The Roaming Cowboy Jeannie Morgan 1937-01-04
Movie Courage of the West Beth Andrews 1937-12-01
Movie The Red Rope Betty Duncan 1937-07-19
Movie Moonlight on the Range Wanda Brooks 1937-06-10
Movie The Trusted Outlaw Molly Clark 1937-05-04
Movie Border Caballero Goldie Harris 1936-03-01
Movie Lightnin' Bill Carson Dolores Costello 1936-04-14
Movie One Rainy Afternoon Mr. Perelin's Secretary 1936-05-13
Movie Rogue of the Range Stella Lamb 1936-04-24
Movie Arizona Bad Man Lucy Dunston 1935-02-01
Movie Life Returns Nurse 1935-01-02
Movie Stolen Harmony Girl in Sextette (uncredited) 1935-04-20
Movie Society Fever Julie Prouty 1935-07-15
Movie Skull and Crown Barbara Franklin 1935-12-16
Movie The Pace That Kills Jane Bradford 1935-12-01
Movie School for Romance Student 1934-01-31
Movie Susie's Affairs Susie's Brunette Roommate 1934-06-01
Movie The Human Side High School Girl (uncredited) 1934-09-01
Movie Let's Talk It Over Alice 1934-06-01
Movie Tripping Through the Tropics Sally 1934-07-27
Movie Umpa Nurse 1933-11-24
Movie By Candlelight Ann - the maid 1933-12-18
Movie Too Many Women Girl in White Wool Hat (uncredited) 1932-05-14
Movie Show Business Showgirl on Train (uncredited) 1932-08-20