Archive for the ‘WW 2 Pin Up Girls’ Category

 

Born Katherine Elizabeth McLaughlin on June 8, 1921 in Topeka, Kansas, she went to Hollywood in 1939 at the age of 18. She was signed by 20th Century Fox in 1940 and was credited in her early films as Bettie McLaughlin. Adopting the name Sheila Ryan, she starred in “Dressed to Kill” (1941) the following year. She appeared in other memorable films, including two Laurel and Hardy movies, “Great Guns” (1941) and “A-Haunting We Will Go” (1942), and the Busby Berkeley musical “The Gang’s All Here” (1943). Ryan appeared in a several Charlie Chan and Michael Shayne mysteries, starring alongside Cesar Romero.

By the late 1940s, however, her career waned and she began appearing mostly in B movies, especially low budget westerns. In 1945, she married actor Allan Lane, but the marriage ended in divorce after a few months.

She later worked with Gene Autry, starring in several of his films, including “The Cowboys and the Indians” (1949), and “Mule Train” (1950). She also had roles in several television shows.

While working with Autry, Ryan met actor Pat Buttram (known for his role as “Mr. Haney” in the 1965—1971 television comedy Green Acres). They married in 1952, and remained together until her death in 1975. They had a daughter, Kathleen Buttram, nicknamed (Kerry).

Sheila Ryan retired from acting in 1958. She died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California in 1975 from lung cancer. She was 54 years old. She was survived by Pat and their daughter Kerry. Pat later died of kidney failure on January 8, 1994 and later on their daughter Kerry Buttram-Galgano died of cancer in 2007.

Maria Elena "Lina" Romay was a Mexican-American actress and singer. She was born on January 16, 1922 to Porfirio Romay, the attache to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.→ Read more
Judith Barrett was born Lucille Kelly on February 2, 1914 in Arlington, Texas, the daughter of a cattle rancher, Barrett made several appearances at The Palace Theatre, Dallas while still at school. Her first big chance came when she started in a lavish commercial film in 1928, "The Stock Exchange"→ Read more
Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 29, 1915. The woman who would be one of the top stars in Hollywood in the 1940s had decided to become an actress after finishing her formal schooling.→ Read more
Dorthy Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1925. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School.→ Read more
Virginia Grey was born on March 22, 1917 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor Ray Grey - he was one of the Keystone Kops - and director for Mack Sennett and appeared on the silent screen with Mabel Normand, Dorothy Gish and Ben Turpin, among others.→ Read more
Not much is known about Cindy Garner. She appeared in movies such as "Red Ball Express", "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki", and "Till the End of Time".→ Read more
Jean Trent information is very scarce. She was from Denver Colorado, but no information when and if she was actually born there. She was in 14 films from 1942 - 1946. All but one uncredited. The most popular films she was in were "Western Mail" (1942) "Saboteur" (1942), "Arabian Nights"→ Read more
Frances Langford was a popular singer and entertainer during the Golden Age of Radio and World War Two.→ Read more
Known as "The Polka Dot Girl" of World War II pinups, Chili Williams (born Marian Sorenson Uhlman on December 18, 1922) was discovered by a modeling agent in 1943 at Fire Island in New York.→ Read more