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Dolores Jean Moran (January 27, 1926 – February 5, 1982) was an American film actress and model.


Early years

Moran was born in Stockton, California, and attended elementary and secondary schools there. She won the Northern California Oratorical Contest and starred in school plays.


Film career

In 1942, aged 16, Moran, originally named Jacqueline, the daughter of James G. Moran and his wife, Esther Moran was signed by
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to a seven-year contract, with her parents' permission. Moran's brief career as a film actress began with uncredited roles in such films as ''
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'' (1942) as "the Pippirino", with whom George blows off a date to go with Mary). By 1943, she had become a
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appearing on the cover of such magazines as ''Yank''. She was given supporting roles in films, such as ''
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'' (1943) with
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.
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attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with
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as a new screen personality when Bacall was cast alongside
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in '' To Have and Have Not'' (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished, and subsequent films did little to further her career. ''
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'' (1945) gave her a leading role with
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, but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the
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'' Silver Lode''.


Personal life

She married film producer
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in Salome, Arizona in 1946. Their son Brett Benedict became a businessman. They divorced in 1962; Moran had an affair with director
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while filming ''To Have and Have Not'', which Hawks undertook mainly as revenge for his rejection by Bacall in favor of Bogart. Bacall chided Bogart in one scene where she copied one of Moran's lines and fluttered her eyes at Bogart to emphasize how corny she thought Moran's acting skills were. In 1968, Moran was the recipient of bequest valued at $300,000. Anthony Ponce, "a recluse apricot grower", bequeathed the bulk of his estate to her because he appreciated her kindness 20 years earlier when she worked as a carhop at a drive-in. Ponce's will directed that $6,000 go to his nephew and five nieces, with the rest to go to Moran. The nieces and nephew contested the will.


Death

In 1982, Dolores Moran died of cancer, aged 56.


Filmography


References


External links

* 1926 births 1982 deaths 20th-century American actresses American film actresses Female models from California People from Stockton, California Warner Bros. contract players People from Woodland Hills, Los Angeles Deaths from lung cancer Deaths from cancer in California {{US-film-actor-1920s-stub