Dolores Moran

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Dolores Moran
Dolores Moran in Johnny One-Eye.jpg
Moran in Johnny One-Eye (1950)
Born
Dolores Jean Moran[1]

(1926-01-27)January 27, 1926
DiedFebruary 5, 1982(1982-02-05) (aged 56)
OccupationActress
Years active1942–1954
Spouse(s)Benedict Bogeaus (1946–1962)
Children1
Dolores Moran with husband Benedict Bogeaus, ca. 1950s

Dolores Jean Moran (January 27, 1926 – February 5, 1982) was an American film actress and model.

Early years[edit]

Moran was born in Stockton, California, and attended elementary and secondary schools there. She won the Northern California Oratorical Contest and starred in school plays.[2]

Film career[edit]

In 1942, aged 16, Moran, originally named Jacqueline, the daughter of James G. Moran and his wife, Esther Moran [1] was signed by Warner Bros. to a seven-year contract, with her parents' permission.[3]

Moran's brief career as a film actress began with uncredited roles in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as "the Pippirino", with whom George blows off a date to go with Mary). By 1943, she had become a pin-up girl appearing on the cover of such magazines as Yank. She was given supporting roles in films, such as Old Acquaintance (1943) with Bette Davis.[citation needed]

Warner Bros. attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with Lauren Bacall as a new screen personality when Bacall was cast alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished, and subsequent films did little to further her career.[citation needed]

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) gave her a leading role with Jack Benny and Alexis Smith, but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the John Payne and Lizabeth Scott western film Silver Lode.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married film producer Benedict Bogeaus in Salome, Arizona in 1946. Their son Brett Benedict became a businessman. They divorced in 1962;[4]

Moran had an affair with director Howard Hawks while filming To Have and Have Not, which Hawks undertook mainly as revenge for his rejection by Bacall in favor of Bogart. Bacall chided Bogart in one scene where she copied one of Moran's lines and fluttered her eyes at Bogart to emphasize how corny she thought Moran's acting skills were. [5]

In 1968, Moran was the recipient of bequest valued at $300,000. Anthony Ponce, "a recluse apricot grower", bequeathed the bulk of his estate to her because he appreciated her kindness 20 years earlier when she worked as a carhop at a drive-in.[6] Ponce's will directed that $6,000 go to his nephew and five nieces, with the rest to go to Moran. The nieces and nephew contested the will.[6]

Death[edit]

In 1982, Dolores Moran died of cancer, aged 56.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Studio Director Notes
1942 Winning Your Wings Blonde at Dance War Activities Committee of the Motion Pictures Industry John Huston Uncredited
Yankee Doodle Dandy The Pipperino Warner Bros. Michael Curtiz Uncredited
1943 The Hard Way Young Blonde Warner Bros. Vincent Sherman Uncredited
Three Cheers for the Girls Blonde Chorus Girl Warner Bros. Busby Berkeley, Jean Negulesco (segment "Framing Story"), Uncredited
Old Acquaintance Deirdre Drake Warner Bros. Vincent Sherman
1944 The Last Ride Molly Stevens Warner Bros. D. Ross Lederman Uncredited
To Have and Have Not Mme. Hellene de Bursac Warner Bros. Howard Hawks
Hollywood Canteen Herself Warner Bros. Delmer Daves
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Violinist / Fran Blackstone Warner Bros. Raoul Walsh
Too Young to Know Patsy O'Brien Warner Bros. Frederick De Cordova
1946 Without Reservations Herself RKO Mervyn LeRoy
1947 The Man I Love Gloria O'Connor Warner Bros. Raoul Walsh
Christmas Eve Jean Bradford United Artists Edwin L. Marin
1950 Johnny One-Eye Lily White United Artists Robert Florey
1953 Count the Hours Paula Mitchener RKO Don Siegel
1954 Silver Lode Dolly RKO Allan Dwan (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jacqueline G Moran, Born 01/27/1926 in California - CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org.
  2. ^ "You'll be seeing more of --". The Daily Record. New Jersey, Long Branch. July 13, 1942. p. 5. Retrieved September 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Man She Doesn't Remember Leaves Fortune to Actress". The Amarillo Globe-Times. Texas, Amarillo. Associated Press. December 18, 1968. p. 10. Retrieved April 29, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Willis, John (1969). Screen World: 1969. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 232. ISBN 9780819603104. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Tyrnauer, Matt (February 10, 2011). "To Have and Have Not". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Hillinger, Charles (December 18, 1968). "Ex-Carhop Inherits Stranger's $300,000 Estate". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. Retrieved September 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.

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