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Behind the scenes filming Annie O'Toole, courtesy of Chey
Date of Birth – February 4, 1918 in Camberwell, London, England (supposedly under a table during a zeppelin raid during WWI!)
Date of Death – August 3, 1977 in Los Angeles, California
Ida Lupino was born into a family of performers, her mother was an actress and her father was a comedian. Supposedly her break came when she attended an audition with her mother and ended up getting the role her mother tried out for! Her first film appearance was in The Love Race in 1931. Several other relatives were also in the entertainment business.
Lupino was a noted television and movie actress. Some of her television appearances in addition to Annie O’Toole in the episode The Saga of Annie O’Toole on Bonanza were on The Twilight Zone, The Virginian, Columbo and Batman. Film roles included The Hard Way for which she won the NY Film Critics Circle Award and Road House and On Dangerous Ground.
Lupino was also a director. Her credits as a director include The Hitch-Hiker as well as films focusing on social and women’s issues. She also directed television including many of the series she also guest starred on such as The Twilight Zone and The Virginian.
Lupino was known for portraying tough female characters - not too unlike her guest appearance on Bonanza.
Lupino was married and divorced three times to Louis Hayward, Collier Young and Howard Duff with whom she had one child, her daughter Bridget. She was undergoing treatment for colon cancer when she died of a stroke at the age of 77. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – one for television and one for film.
as Annie O'Toole on Bonanza, screencap by Yelah
Behind the scenes on Bonanza, picture by Heartbeatgirl
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