Iris Adrian

Iris Adrian

Show Count: 1
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: May 29, 1912
Old Time Radio, Los Angeles, California, U.S
Died: September 17, 1994, Los Angeles, California, U.S
An American film actress, Iris Adrian was an only child, raised by a single mother, Florence V. Hostetter (née Every), in Los Angeles, California. Adrian won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies before she entered films at the end of the silent era in Chasing Husbands (1928) and appeared as an extra or chorus girl in early sound films like Paramount on Parade (1930).

During the 1930s she specialised in playing hard-boiled, glamorous gold-diggers and gangsters' "molls," and played supporting roles in numerous features. She was considered a versatile actress, who could play drama or comedy, as well as a capable dancer, dancing in several films with George Raft. Adrian played "Gee-Gee Graham" in Lady of Burlesque and a similar role opposite Betty Hutton in The Stork Club. In the Jerry Lewis comedy,The Errand Boy, she played a glamorous movie star named "Anastasia Anastasia", whose on-set birthday party is wrecked by Lewis's shenanigans. "Play it like you're Lana Turner", Lewis told Adrian. She also appeared on several radio programs, including serving as a regular on the Abbott and Costello Show.

She acted regularly, albeit without achieving star status, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in more than one hundred films. In her later years she appeared in several Walt Disney films, including That Darn Cat!The Love BugThe Shaggy D.A., and Freaky Friday. Disney director Robert Stevenson considered Adrian his "good-luck charm." She also played numerous guest roles in television series such as Get SmartThe Beverly HillbilliesGreen AcresPetticoat JunctionThe MunstersThe Love BoatThe Lucy Show and The Jack Benny Show.

Personal life

She was married three times, the first time to Charles Over from 1935 to 1936; that marriage ended in divorce. Her second marriage, to George Jay, also ended in divorce. Her third and final marriage was to Ray Murphy, and lasted more than 30 years until his death in 1983. None of the marriages produced children.


Adrian died in Los Angeles, from injuries she sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake eight months earlier, and was entombed at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

Abbott & Costello ShowAbbott & Costello Show
Show Count: 84
Broadcast History: 3 July 1940 to 26 March 1949
Sponsor: Camel Cigarettes
Cast: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Sid Fields, Iris Adrian, Martha Wentworth, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton
Producer: Martin Gosch
After working as Fred Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes.