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.
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.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
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.
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