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Job Actor, film and television producer
Years active 1932-64
Known for Cool and taciturn
Top Roles Whispering Smith, Backwoodsman, Choya, Soldier in Photo Shop, Alexander 'Alec' Austen
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Adventure, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Ranchers
Top Collaborators , (Producer), ,
Shares birthday with Kitty Carlisle, Mantan Moreland, Irene Papas  see more..

Alan Ladd Overview:

Legendary actor, Alan Ladd, was born Alan Walbridge Ladd on Sep 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, AR. Ladd appeared in over 95 film roles. His best known films include This Gun For Hire, The Blue Dahlia, Shane, The Proud Rebel and The Carpetbaggers. Ladd died at the age of 50 on Jan 29, 1964 in Palm Springs, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Glendale) in Glendale, CA.

MINI BIO:

Alan Ladd was cool and taciturn -- and too short at 5 feet 6 inches for 1930s films, therefore getting more work in radio than in movies. However, in the 1940s, he married astute agent, Sue Carol (second wife), and suddenly appeared as a kind of fair-haired avenging angel, teaming up with the equally pint-sized Veronica Lake and shooting to world stardom in This Gun for Hire. He then starred in a string of similar tough-guy films, but when the genre passed, so did his top stardom. He took to drink in later years, dying in bed from a mixture of medication and alcohol.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Alan Ladd's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #108 on May 12, 1954. Ladd was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

THE BLOGATHON: Appointment with Danger (1950)

on Sep 4, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Pale Writer Gabriela is hosting The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Blogathon on September 3-6. Click HERE for the tributes to the beloved star. The danger alluded to in the title of this film is in the form of a gang with plans for a big heist from the Postal Service, specifically one member... Read full article


Betrayed in "Captain Carey, U.S.A."

By Rick29 on Jan 16, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The studio sets are pretty convincing. Webb Carey () provides intelligence to the Allies while hiding out on an island off the coast of Italy during World War II. The local residents know about the Americano and a fellow officer, but not the location of their base of operations. It turns o... Read full article


Betrayed in "Captain Carey, U.S.A."

By Rick29 on Jan 16, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The studio sets are pretty convincing. Webb Carey () provides intelligence to the Allies while hiding out on an island off the coast of Italy during World War II. The local residents know about the Americano and a fellow officer, but not the location of their base of operations. It turns o... Read full article


Style Essentials--Veronica Lake Meets + Iconic Style in 1942's THIS GUN FOR HIRE

on Nov 4, 2014 From GlamAmor

As most know, I am an enormous fan of film noir, particularly those that premiered in the 1940s, and have written about many of them on GlamAmor. It seems appropriate, then, that I have been asked to speak on this very subject at the Skirball Cultural Center on December 7th as part of their extensi... Read full article


How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Nov 14, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together? ?Veronica Lake and Veronica Lake and made SEVEN films together, including three films in which they appeared as themselves* (Star Spangled Rhythm, Duffy’s Tavern and Variety Girl). This Gun for Hire?(1942)?... Read full article


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Alan Ladd Quotes:

Philip Raven: [Ellen is wrapping a handkerchief around Raven's wrist] That's enough.
Ellen Graham: You're a funny guy. You like my doing that, but you won't admit it.
Philip Raven: That's sucker talk.


The Marshal: Oh, that suite is taken. So is every room in the hotel. And every other hotel in town. You might try the stable across the bridge.
Peter Van Hoek: I like horses, Marshal, but not as roommates.


Shane: There's no living with a killing. There's no goin' back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand... a brand sticks. There's no goin' back. Now you run on home to your mother and tell her... tell her everything's alright. And there aren't any more guns in the valley.


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Alan Ladd Facts
In 1954 he and Barbara Stanwyck won the top spots in "Modern Screen" magazine's Star of Stars Award competition as the most popular actors among fans in the previous ten years.

In a 1961 interview Ladd was asked, "What would you change about yourself if you could?" He replied tersely: "Everything."

Ladd portrayed Dan Holiday on Mutual Radio's "Box 13" (1948-1949). This show was also syndicated.

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