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Sugar, Pepper, Pearl, Sunny, Goldie, Bubbles, all those are nicknames borne by petite actress Iris Adrian in several of the 160 movies she made. With such names, don't expect to see her playing Joan of Ark or Electra but it remains that all these pet names reflect her winning femininity, its sweetness, its spiciness, its radiance. What's more their funny overtones are telltale signs of Iris Adrian's own quick witty sense of humor. Sexy yes, but with a sharp tongue. This aspect of her personality helped her to evolve and last, changing from the roles of blonde chorines or waitresses or, on the wilder side, of streetwalkers and other gangsters' molls to colorful bit parts in comedies with Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley. She ended up playing almost exclusively for Walt Disney productions before retiring at the respectable age of 82. Though she never achieved star status she could easily have if the circumstances had been favorable. For she steals scenes in a lot of movies provided of course her role is fleshed out sufficiently. She was excellent, for instance, in more than one poverty row crime movies. Don't miss her in 'Gold Diggers of 1937', 'Go West' (with the Marx Brothers, 1940), 'Lady of Burlesque' (1943), 'The Paleface'(1948), 'Once a Thief' (1950) and 'The Errand Boy' (with Jerry Lewis, 1961).

Date of Death 17 September 1994, Hollywood, California  (aftermath of earthquake)

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Sugar, Pepper, Pearl, Sunny, Goldie, Bubbles, all those are nicknames borne by petite actress Iris Adrian in several of the 160 movies she made. With such names, don't expect to see her playing Joan of Ark or Electra but it remains that all these pet names reflect her winning femininity, its sweetness, its spiciness, its radiance. What's more their funny overtones are telltale signs of Iris Adrian's own quick witty sense of humor. Sexy yes, but with a sharp tongue. This aspect of her personality helped her to evolve and last, changing from the roles of blonde chorines or waitresses or, on the wilder side, of streetwalkers and other gangsters' molls to colorful bit parts in comedies with Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley. She ended up playing almost exclusively for Walt Disney productions before retiring at the respectable age of 82. Though she never achieved star status she could easily have if the circumstances had been favorable. For she steals scenes in a lot of movies provided of course her role is fleshed out sufficiently. She was excellent, for instance, in more than one poverty row crime movies. Don't miss her in 'Gold Diggers of 1937', 'Go West' (with the Marx Brothers, 1940), 'Lady of Burlesque' (1943), 'The Paleface'(1948), 'Once a Thief' (1950) and 'The Errand Boy' (with Jerry Lewis, 1961).

Date of Death 17 September 1994, Hollywood, California  (aftermath of earthquake)

Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 97

Birthday 1912-05-29

Day of Death 1994-09-17

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Iris Adrian Hostetter

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1992 A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy as (archive footage)
1979 Trapper John, M.D.(2 episodes)
1978 The Ted Knight Show(6 episodes) as Dottie
1968 The Love Bug as Carhop
1968 The Odd Couple as Waitress
1965 That Darn Cat! as Landlady
1965 Get Smart(1 episode)
1965 Green Acres(1 episode)
1964 The Munsters(2 episodes)
1963 Petticoat Junction(1 episode)
1962 Going My Way(1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies(2 episodes)
1961 Blue Hawaii as Enid Garvey
1959 The Detectives(1 episode)
1958 The Buccaneer as Brown's Blowsy Girlfriend
1957 The Helen Morgan Story as Klingman's Secretary
1957 Carnival Rock as Celia
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 The Fast and the Furious as Wilma Belding, Waitress
1954 Highway Dragnet as Dolly - Cafe Waitress
1952 Abbott and Costello: The Drugstore as Woman Who Slaps Lou
1952 Carson City as Saloon Girl
1951 My Favorite Spy as Lola
1951 Varieties on Parade
1951 G.I. Jane as Lt. Adrian
1951 Racket Squad(1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok(1 episode)
1951 The Scarf as Floozy at Level Louie's Place
1951 Stop That Cab as Lucy Gugenheimer
1950 Once a Thief as Pearl
1950 Hi-Jacked as Aggie
1950 Sideshow as Nellie
1950 Blondie's Hero as Mae
1949 There's a Girl in My Heart as Lulu Troy
1949 Tough Assignment as Gloria (the moll)
1949 The Woman on Pier 13 as Waitress
1949 Trail of the Yukon as Paula
1949 Mighty Joe Young as Gloria
1949 The Lovable Cheat as Madame Mercadet
1949 Flamingo Road as Blanche - Inmate of Women's Prison (uncredited)
1949 The Sky Dragon as Wanda LaFern
1948 The Paleface as Pepper
1948 Out of the Storm as Ginger
1947 The Trouble with Women as Rita La May
1947 Love and Learn as New Danceland Hostess
1947 Philo Vance Returns as Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine
1947 Fall Guy as Mrs. Sindell
1946 Cross My Heart as Miss Baggart
1946 The Bamboo Blonde as Montana Jones
1945 The Stork Club as Gwen
1945 Road to Alcatraz as Louise Rogers
1945 Boston Blackie's Rendezvous as Martha
1945 It's a Pleasure as Wilma
1944 Alaska as Kitty
1944 Bluebeard as Mimi
1944 The Woman in the Window as Streetwalker (uncredited)
1944 I'm from Arkansas as Doris
1944 Swing Hostess as Marge O'Day
1944 The Singing Sheriff as Lefty
1944 Shake Hands with Murder as Patsy Brent
1944 Million Dollar Kid as Mazie Dunbar
1944 Career Girl as Glenda Benton
1943 His Butler's Sister as Sunshine Twin
1943 Spotlight Scandals as Bernice Quigley
1943 Hers to Hold as Arlene
1943 Action in the North Atlantic as Jenny O'Hara (uncredited)
1943 Lady of Burlesque as Gee Gee Graham
1943 Taxi, Mister as Waitress
1943 Ladies' Day as Kitty McClouen
1943 Calaboose as Gert
1943 The Crystal Ball as Mrs. Angela Martin
1942 Highways by Night as Blonde Chorine
1942 Broadway as Maisie
1942 Roxie Hart as 'Two-Gun' Gertie Baxter
1941 I Killed That Man as Verne Drake
1941 Hard Guy as Goldie Duvall
1941 Sing Another Chorus as Francine La Verne
1941 Wild Geese Calling as Mazie
1941 Too Many Blondes as Hortense Kent
1941 Road to Zanzibar as French soubrette
1941 The Lady from Cheyenne as Chorus Girl
1941 Horror Island as Arleen Grady
1940 Go West as Mary Lou
1940 Meet the Wildcat as Jail Cell Blonde
1939 Back Door to Heaven as Sugar, Burlesque Dancer
1939 ...One Third Of A Nation... as Myrtle
1936 Our Relations as Alice
1936 Mister Cinderella as Lil, Maizie's Friend
1936 Lady Luck as Rita
1936 One Rainy Afternoon as Ticket seller at movie theatre
1936 Murder at Glen Athol as Muriel Randel
1935 Stolen Harmony as Sunny Verne
1935 Rumba as Goldie Allen
1930 Let's Go Native as Chorine (uncredited)
1930 Lord Byron of Broadway as Lady In The Audience
1930 The Vagabond King as Extra

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