Alan Ladd
Actor
Alan Ladd
Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American film actor and one of the most popular and well-known celebrities of the 1940s and the first half of the 1950s. His visibility decreased between the mid-1950s and his death.
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Cowboys & Aliens: What Went Wrong? - Who2 (blog)
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(Maybe they should just go back to having the tall actors walk in trenches, a la Alan Ladd.) Given the "cute" but useless dog, you have to wonder if Steven Spielberg didn't leave his heavy thumbprint on this script. Besides the dog, Cowboys & Aliens is
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The height of manipulation - Sydney Morning Herald
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Alan Ladd as Shane and Jean Arthur and Vann Heflin as the Starretts in Shane. Note how Ladd seems tall til you compare leg lengths. For an industry near-obsessed with image, one of the basic, legitimate measures of it is more obscured than ever before
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Get Reel: Oscar hunkers down against hunks - The State Journal-Register
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... Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Christopher Reeve, Christian Bale, James Dean, Errol Flynn, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Ryan O'Neal, Steve McQueen, Tyrone Power, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant, Hugh Grant, Montgomery Clift, Jeff Chandler, Jeffrey Hunter,
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The great leap from page to screen - Irish Independent
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Acclaimed film and stage actress Betty Field stepped into the role in the 1949 adaptation, which also featured Shelley Winters and Alan Ladd. The best-known big screen version of the movie, however, was Jack Clayton's 1974 film, which was scripted by
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Jay Cronley: Government takes a vacation from doing nothing - Tulsa World
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Alan Ladd starred in "Shane" and was so short that the movie company people had to dig a rut for his supporting actresses to walk along in order to promote eye-to-eye business and a romantic air. Of course, Harrison Ford has a spread there
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Noir City: Chicago 3 - Time Out Chicago
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The primary representative of our city is 1949's disappointing Chicago Deadline (Monday 15), which stars Alan Ladd as a reporter solving the murder of a mysterious woman (Donna Reed) with ties to Chicago power brokers; while sleuthing, he develops a
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Academy to Choose Honorary Oscar Winners - Reuters
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If the board goes back to the Thalberg instead (or as well), candidates could range from a veteran like Alan Ladd Jr. to a younger producer like Scott Rudin. It's not inconceivable that the governors could honor the entire "Harry Potter" series by
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Celebrity photos to go on sale at South Pasadena Public Library - Pasadena Star-News
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The photographs will feature mostly figures from the entertainment world, including Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Alan Ladd, Shirley Temple and the cast of the movie "Stalag 17." A photo taken in 1991 that depicts five former presidents
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Toys for Tots Poker Run a family affair - The Herald-Mail
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Alan Rannals, Alan Rannals II and Alan Rannals III — grandfather, father and son — all are named for movie star Alan Ladd. Alan Rannals, 61, or "Iron Butt," as he's known by fellow Harley riders, was one of the oldest riders in Saturday's fundraiser
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Who needs superpowers? Real people take over comics - msnbc.com
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Once-popular actors like Alan Ladd and Buster Crabbe had their own titles, as did western stars like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and John Wayne. But those comics were fantasy narratives about their on-screen personas, not the actors themselves
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Jon Land continues Texas Ranger series with 'Break' - Danbury News Times
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I think my writing has been informed by John Wayne in `The Searchers' and Alan Ladd in `Shane.' The books are all essentially modern Westerns," he said of the Texas Ranger novels. Land was fascinated by the legends surrounding the Texas law men,
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July Calendar - Statesman Journal
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"Shane": 1953 film starring Alan Ladd, 7 pm, Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. NE. $5. (503) 375-3574, www.elsinoretheatre.com. Sounds of Summer Music Series: Joe Shinkle & 99W (country western), 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Dallas Academy Building,
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Secret Origins: The ORIGINAL Green Lantern! - Big Shiny Robot!
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A historical note, here, Alan Scott was originally called Alan Ladd, evoking Aladdin and his lamp. At the time, there was a famous actor by the same name, so the publisher changed it at the 11th hour. Back to the story, the lamp itself looks pretty
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The Man in the Net - DVD Talk
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Alan Ladd stars in The Man in the Net as John Hamilton, a "young" painter who has moved to the countryside to pursue his craft. I put "young" in quotes because Ladd, who was in his late 40s, shows every sign of being anything but youthful
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Hollywood's shortest actors - Telegraph.co.uk
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The 1940's film noir star Actor Alan Ladd (5' 6") would sometimes stand on a box to appear taller than his female co-stars. Other tricks of the trade were to make actresses wear ballerina shoes in scenes next to short actors and tall leading ladies
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Q&A: Andy Rooney has no plans to leave '60 Minutes' - Tampabay.com
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Alan Ladd was listed as just a hair over 5-6. Danny Devito is reportedly 4-10. Mickey Rooney? 5-1. There's even a website devoted to this topic: www.celebheights.com. In the political arena, ABC's George Stephanopoulos is reportedly 5-6 1/2
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Ladd
    FIFTIES
  • 1964
    Age 50
    On 29 January 1964, his butler said he saw Ladd seemingly asleep on his bed at 10am; when he returned at 3:30pm Ladd was still there, dead.
    More Details Hide Details His death, due to cerebral edema caused by an acute overdose of "alcohol and three other drugs", was ruled accidental. Ladd suffered from chronic insomnia and regularly used sleeping pills and alcohol to induce sleep. While he had not taken a lethal amount of any one drug, the combination apparently caused a synergistic reaction that proved fatal. Suicide was ruled out. He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Ladd's funeral was held on 1 February with Edmond O'Brien giving the eulogy. Fans were allowed to see his coffin. He was buried with his wedding ring and a letter his son David had written him. Ladd died a wealthy man, his holdings including a 5,000 acre ranch at Hidden Valley and a hardware store in Palm Springs. After Ladd's death, The Carpetbaggers was released and became a massive financial success.
    In January 1964 Ladd had injured his knees and was spending some time at his house in Palm Springs to recuperate.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 49
    In 1963, Ladd's career looked set to make a comeback when he filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers, based on the best selling novel.
    More Details Hide Details This was a co-production between Embassy and Paramount, meaning Ladd filmed on the Paramount backlot for the first time in over a decade. He announced plans to turn Box 13 into a feature film script and was hoping for cameos from old friends such as Veronica Lake and William Bendix.
  • 1962
    Age 48
    On 2 November 1962, Ladd was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, in what might have been an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
    More Details Hide Details The bullet penetrated Ladd's chest around the third and fourth rib, through the lungs and bounced off the rib cage. At the time, Ladd said he thought he heard a prowler, grabbed a gun, and tripped over, accidentally shooting himself. This was accepted by the police investigating.
  • 1960
    Age 46
    "I'd like to retire from acting," he said in 1960. "I'd produce."
    More Details Hide Details Ladd kept busy developing projects, some of which were vehicles for his son, David. Ladd also kept acting and followed the path of many Hollywood stars on the decline and made a peplum in Italy, Duel of Champions (1961). Back in Hollywood he made 13 West Street as a star and producer, for his new company, Ladd Enterprises. "I'll go to work again when the right story comes along," said Ladd. He joined the board of 38 Inc, a new film producing company, who announced plans to make a movie out of a Ben Hecht script.
  • 1956
    Age 42
    He turned down the chance to play the role of Jett Rink in the 1956 film, Giant (a role subsequently played by James Dean), which became one of the biggest hits of the decade.
    More Details Hide Details He was meant to return to Paramount to make a Western, The Sons of Katie Elder, but it was postponed for a decade, and ended up being made with John Wayne. Ladd bought himself out of his Paramount contract the following year for $135,000. Instead, Ladd signed a new four-year contract between Jaguar and Warner Bros, with his company having a budget of $6.5 million. The first film made under it was The Big Land (1957). He made another TV film for General Electric Theater, "Farewell to Kennedy"; he hoped this would lead to become a series but that did not happen. Ladd then received an offer to star in a film being made in Greece for 20th Century Fox, Boy on a Dolphin (1957). In March 1957 it was announced that Warners and Jaguar had re-negotiated their agreement and now Jaguar would make ten films for the studio, of which Ladd was to appear in at least six, starting with The Deep Six (1958). Warners would provide all the finance and split profits with Jaguar 50:50. The second film under the contract was Island of Lost Women, which Ladd produced but did not appear in.
  • 1954
    Age 40
    When Ladd returned to Hollywood in 1954 he formed a new production company, Jaguar Productions, who would release through Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details This would be in addition to the films he would make with Warners solely as an actor. His first film for Jaguar was Drum Beat (1954), a Western directed by Delmer Daves which was reasonably successful at the box office. For Warners themselves he then made The McConnell Story (1955), co-starring June Allyson, which also proved popular. He signed to appear in some episodes of General Electric Theatre on TV. The first of these, "Committed", was based on an old episode of Box 13 which Ladd was considering turning into a TV series. However, despite Ladd's presence, a series did not result. Ladd next made a film for Jaguar, Hell on Frisco Bay, which was co-written by Martin Rackin. Rackin went on to write and produce Ladd's next film, which he made for Warners, Santiago. For Jaguar, Ladd produced, but did not appear in A Cry in the Night.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 39
    Paramount staggered the release of Ladd's final films for the company, with Shane and Botany Bay not being released until 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Ladd later said that leaving Paramount was "a big upset" for him, and that he only left for "business reasons... future security for the children and ourselves". Shane, in which he played the title character, was particularly popular. It premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in April 1953, grossing over $114,000 in its four weeks there (a large sum at the time), and in all earned $8 million in North America over its initial run, and led to Ladd being voted one of the ten most popular stars in the country in 1953. Ladd's deal with Warners was for one film a year for ten years, starting from when his contract with Paramount expired. Warners guaranteed him $150,000 per film against 10% of the gross, making Ladd one of the best paid stars in Hollywood. His first film for Warner Bros was The Iron Mistress (1952), in which Ladd played Jim Bowie.
  • 1952
    Age 38
    Ladd's final three movies for Paramount were Thunder in the East, Shane and Botany Bay. Once Ladd finished Botany Bay, in February 1952 it was announced Ladd's contract with Paramount would end early and be amended so that he would make two more movies for the studio at a later date. (In the event, Ladd did not make another film at Paramount until The Carpetbaggers.)
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  • 1951
    Age 37
    In May 1951 Ladd announced he had formed his own production company, Ladd Enterprises, to produce films, radio and TV when his Paramount contract ended in November 1952.
    More Details Hide Details He optioned the novel Shadow Riders of the Yellowstone by Les Savage. The next month his deal with Warner Bros. was announced - one film a year for five years - however he expressed a desire to continue to work with Paramount.
    In 1951 Ladd's contract only had one more year to run. "Paramount is like a home to me," he said, "and I'd like to remain on the lot for one picture a year.
    More Details Hide Details But I want to be free to take pictures at other studios if offered to me." The main studio Ladd was in discussion with was Warner Bros. He also received a six-year offer to make a TV series, Adventure Limited.
  • 1950
    Age 36
    In 1950 the Hollywood Women's Press Club voted Ladd the easiest male star to deal with in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details The following year a poll from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association listed Ladd as the second most popular male film star in the world, after Gregory Peck.
    In February 1950 Paramount announced that Ladd would star in a film version of the novel Shane.
    More Details Hide Details Before he made that film, he appeared in another Western, Red Mountain, produced by Hal Wallis.
  • 1949
    Age 35
    Ladd's next role was a significant change of pace, playing Jay Gatsby in the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby, written and produced by Richard Maibaum.
    More Details Hide Details This film had been planned since 1946, but production was delayed due to a combination of difficulties with the censor, and Paramount's reluctance for Ladd to play such a challenging part. It was not a big success at the box office and its mixed critical and commercial reception caused Ladd to shy away from serious dramatic roles afterwards. His next films were more typical fare: Chicago Deadline, playing a tough reporter; Captain Carey, U.S.A., as a vengeful ex-OSS agent, for Maibaum; and Appointment with Danger, as a postal inspector investigating a murder with the help of nun Phyllis Calvert (shot in 1949 but not released until 1951). Paramount purchased the screen rights to the play Detective Story as a possible vehicle for Ladd, and he was keen to do it, but the role ended up going to Kirk Douglas. Instead Ladd was cast in Branded, a Western.
  • 1948
    Age 34
    In 1948 he starred and produced a regular weekly series for syndication, Box 13, which ran for 52 episodes.
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  • 1946
    Age 32
    Ladd earned a reported $88,909 for the 12 months up to June 1946. (The following year he would earn $107,000.) In 1947 he was ranked among the top ten most popular stars in the US.
    More Details Hide Details That year saw finally the release of Calcutta along with Wild Harvest, where he reteamed with Robert Preston. Ladd made another cameo in an all-star Paramount film, Variety Girl, singing Frank Loesser's "Talahassee" with Dorothy Lamour. He was reteamed with Lake for the final time in Saigon, then made his first Western since he became a star (and first movie in colour), Whispering Smith (1948). He followed this with a melodrama with Farrow, Beyond Glory (1948), which featured Audie Murphy in his film debut (and was released before Whispering Smith). Ever since he had become a star, Ladd continued to appear in radio, usually in dramatisations of feature films for such shows as Lux Radio Theatre and Screen Directors Playhouse. He created roles played both by himself, but also other actors, including the part of Rick Blaine in an adaptation of Casablanca.
  • 1945
    Age 31
    Ladd was meant to make California with Betty Hutton but he refused to report for work in August 1945. "It wasn't on account of the picture," said Ladd. "There were other issues."
    More Details Hide Details The issue was money - Ladd wanted more. Paramount responded by suspending him. The two parties reconciled in November with Ladd getting a salary increase to $75,000 per film, but without story approval or the right to do outside films, which he had wanted. Exhibitors voted him the 15th most popular star in the country. "When a star's off the screen he's 'dead'," Ladd later reflected. "I like my home and my security and I don't intend to jeopardize them by being difficult at work." Ladd's next film was a wartime thriller, O.S.S. This was produced by Richard Maibaum who convinced Ladd that he should play the title role in an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, to which Paramount held the film rights; Ladd became enthusiastic at the chance to change his image, but the project was delayed by a combination of censorship wrangles and studio reluctance.
    However, in May 1945 General Lewis Hershey released all men 30 or over from induction in the army and Ladd was free from the draft.
    More Details Hide Details Along with several other film stars released from their draft obligations, Ladd promptly enlisted with the Hollywood Victory Committee for the entertainment industry's overseas arm, volunteering to tour for USO shows. Ladd next made Calcutta, which reteamed him with John Farrow and William Bendix. Release for this film was also delayed.
    Ladd's re-induction was then set for May 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Paramount commissioned Raymond Chandler to write an original screenplay for him, The Blue Dahlia, which was made relatively quickly in case the studio lost Ladd to the army once again.
  • 1944
    Age 30
    He was meant to be re-inducted on 4 September 1944 but Paramount succeeded in getting this pushed back again to make Salty O'Rourke.
    More Details Hide Details He also found time to make a cameo a big screen version of Duffy's Tavern.
    In March 1944 Ladd took another physical and was re-classified 1A. He would have to be re-inducted into the army, but a deferment was given to enable Ladd to make Two Years Before the Mast (the release of which was postponed two years).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1943
    Age 29
    When Ladd returned from the army, Paramount announced a series of vehicles for him, including And Now Tomorrow and Two Years Before the Mast. And Now Tomorrow was a melodrama starring Loretta Young as a wealthy deaf woman who is treated (and loved) by her doctor, Ladd; Raymond Chandler co-wrote the screenplay and it was filmed in late 1943 and early 1944.
    More Details Hide Details According to Shipman: It was a pitch to sell Ladd to women filmgoers, though he had not changed one iota and he did not have a noticeable romantic aura. But Paramount hoped that women might feel that beneath the rock-like expression there smouldered fires of passion, or something like. His black-lashed eyes, however, gave nothing away; it was 'take me as I am' or 'I'm the boss around here'. He never flirted nor even seemed interested (which is one of the reasons he and Lake were so effective together).
    In December 1943 he would be listed as the 15th most popular star in the US.
    More Details Hide Details Ladd fell ill and went to military hospital in Santa Barbra for several weeks in October. On 28 October, he was given an honorable medical discharge because of a stomach disorder complicated by influenza.
    He attended the Oscars in March 1943 and in September appeared in a trailer promoting a war loan drive, Letter from a Friend.
    More Details Hide Details While Ladd was in the armed services, a number of films which had been announced for him were either postponed, and/or made with different actors, including Incendiary Blonde, The Story of Dr Wassell, Ministry of Fear and The Man in Half Moon Street. Paramount started promoting Ladd replacements such as Sonny Tufts and Barry Sullivan. Old Ladd films were reissued with him being given more prominent billing, such as Beast of Berlin. He was reportedly receiving 20,000 fan letters a week. The New York Times reported that "Ladd in the brief period of a year and with only four starring pictures to his credit... had built up a following unmatched in film history since Rudolph Valentino skyrocketed to fame."
    Ladd had a brief timeout for military service in the United States Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit. Ladd was initially classified 4-F unfit for military service because of stomach problems, but began his military service in January 1943.
    More Details Hide Details He was posted to the Walla Walla Army Air Base at Walla Walla, Washington, attaining the rank of Corporal.
  • 1942
    Age 28
    On March 15, 1942, Ladd married his agent and manager, former film actress Sue Carol in Mexico City.
    More Details Hide Details They intended to be remarried in the U.S. in July because Ladd's divorce from his first wife was not final. Carol had a daughter from a previous marriage, Carol Lee (b 18 July 1932), who Alan and Sue raised. In addition they had two children of their own, Alana (born 21 April 1943, when Ladd was in the army) and David Alan (1947). (Carol divorced her husband of five years in March 1942.) Alan Ladd, Jr., is a film executive and producer and founder of the Ladd Company. Actress Alana Ladd, who co-starred with her father in Guns of the Timberland and Duel of Champions, is married to the veteran talk radio broadcaster Michael Jackson. Actor David Ladd, who co-starred with his father as a child in The Proud Rebel, was married to Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd (née Stoppelmoor), 1973–80. Their daughter is actress Jordan Ladd.
    The movie was Ladd's second pairing with Lake. His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was voted by the Motion Picture Herald as one of the ten "stars of tomorrow" for 1942.
    More Details Hide Details His salary was raised to $750 a week. According to critic David Shipman: Paramount of course were delighted. The majority of stars were earmarked as such when they appeared on the horizon - from Broadway or from wherever they came; if it seemed unlikely that public acceptance would come with one film they were trained and built up: the incubation period was usually between two and five years. As far as Ladd was concerned, he was a small-part actor given a fat part faute de mieux and after his second film for them he had not merely hit the leading-men category, but had gone beyond it to films which were constructed around his personality. Ladd then appeared in a lighter vehicle, Lucky Jordan (1943), with Helen Walker, playing a gangster who tries to get out of war service and tangles with Nazis. His new status was reflected by the fact he the only actor billed above the title. He had a cameo spoofing his tough guy image in Star Spangled Rhythm, which featured most of Paramount's stars, then starred in a more serious adventure story, China with Loretta Young for director John Farrow, with whom Ladd would make a number of movies.
  • 1941
    Age 27
    Ladd auditioned successfully and Paramount signed him to a long-term contract in September 1941 for $300 a week.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times reported shortly afterwards that: Tuttle and the studio are showing more than a passing enthusiasm for Ladd. He has been trying to get a foothold in pictures for eight years but received no encouragement although he tried every angle known to town - extra work, bit parts, stock contracts, dramatic schools, assault of the casting offices. Sue Carol, the former silent star who is now an agent, undertook to advance the youth's career two years ago and only recently could she locate an attentive ear. Then the breaks began. "Once Ladd had acquired an unsmiling hardness, he was transformed from an extra to a phenomenon. Ladd's calm slender ferocity make it clear that he was the first American actor to show the killer as a cold angel." – David Thomson (A Biographical Dictionary of Film, 1975)
  • 1939
    Age 25
    Ladd's first notable part under Carol's management was the 1939 film Rulers of the Sea (1939), in which he played a character named "Colin Farrell" at $250 a week.
    More Details Hide Details He also received attention for a small part in Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939). Ladd tested unsuccessfully for the lead in Golden Boy (1939) but obtained many small roles, such as the serial The Green Hornet (1940), Her First Romance (1940), The Black Cat (1941) and the Disney film The Reluctant Dragon (1941). Most notably he had a small part in Citizen Kane, playing a newspaper reporter towards the end of the film. Ladd's career then gained extra momentum when he was cast in a featured role in a wartime drama made at RKO, Joan of Paris (1942). It was only a small part but it involved a touching death scene which brought him attention within the industry. RKO would eventually offer Ladd a contract at $400 a week. However he would soon receive a better offer over at Paramount.
  • 1937
    Age 23
    On 29 November 1937 Ladd's mother, who was staying with him following the break up of a relationship, asked Ladd for some money to buy something at a local store.
    More Details Hide Details Ladd gave her the money, thinking it was for alcohol. She purchased some arsenic-based ant paste from a grocer and committed suicide by drinking it in the back seat of Ladd's car.
  • 1936
    Age 22
    Ladd married a high school sweetheart, Marjorie Jane "Midge" Harrold, in October 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Their only child, a son named Alan Ladd, Jr., was born on October 22, 1937. They divorced in July 1941 and she died in 1957, having remarried.
    Ladd's rich, deep voice was ideal for that medium and in 1936 he ended up being signed by station KFWB as their sole radio actor.
    More Details Hide Details He stayed for three years at KFWB doing up to 20 shows a week. Ladd was playing the roles of a father and son on radio one night when heard by the agent Sue Carol (b 30 October 1903). She was impressed and called the station to talk to the actors and was told it was the one person. She arranged to meet him and impressed by his looks she signed him to her books and enthusiastically promoted her new client in films as well as radio.
    In 1936 Ladd played an unbilled role in Pigskin Parade.
    More Details Hide Details He had short term stints at MGM and RKO, but only got regular professional acting work when he turned to radio.
  • 1934
    Age 20
    Ladd graduated from high school on 1 February 1934, aged twenty years old.
    More Details Hide Details He worked in the advertising department of the San Fernando Sun Valley Record, eventually becoming the newspaper's ad manager. When the paper changed hands Ladd lost his job. He sold cash registers and borrowed $150 to open up his own hamburger and malt shop across from his old high school, which he called Tiny's Patio (his nickname at high school was "Tiny"). However he was ultimately unable to make a success of the shop. In another attempt to break into the film industry, Ladd went to work at Warner Bros. as a grip, and ended up staying two years. He was injured falling off a scaffold and decided to quit. Ladd managed to save and borrow enough money to attend an acting school run by Ben Bard, who had taught him when he was under contract at Universal. Ladd wound up appearing in several stage productions for Bard. Bard later recalled Ladd "was such a shy guy he just wouldn't speak up loud and strong. I had to get him lower his voice too, it was too high. I also insisted that he get himself a decent set of dentures."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 19
    Ladd's performance in The Mikado was seen by a talent scout. In August 1933 Ladd was one of a group of young "discoveries" signed to a long-term contract with Universal Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details The contract had options which could go for seven years, but they were all in the studio's favor. Ladd appeared unbilled in a film, Once in a Lifetime (1932), but the studio eventually decided Ladd was too blond and too short and dropped him after six months. (All of Ladd's fellow "discoveries" would be dropped, including a young Tyrone Power.)
    His diving skills led to his appearance in an aquatic show, Marinella in July 1933.
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  • 1930
    Age 16
    Ladd enrolled in North Hollywood High School on 18 February 1930.
    More Details Hide Details He became a high school swimming and diving champion and participated in high school dramatics in his senior year, including the role of "Koko" in The Mikado.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Born
    Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on 3 September 1913.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only child of Ina Raleigh (also known as Selina Rowley) (b 25 November 1888 – 1937), and Alan Ladd, a freelance accountant. His mother was English, from County Durham and had migrated to the USA in 1907 when she was nineteen. His father died of a heart attack when Ladd was four. On 3 July 1918 a young Alan accidentally burnt down the family home while playing with matches. His mother moved to Oklahoma City, where she married Jim Beavers, a housepainter (d 1936). In the early 1920s an economic downturn led to Ladd's family moving to California, a journey which took four months. They lived in a migrant camp in Pasadena at first before moving to the San Fernando Valley where Beavers went to work at FBO Studios as a painter.
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