Ida Lupino

Actress + Director
Born Feb 4, 1918

Ida Lupino was an English-born film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her 48-year career, she appeared in 59 films and directed seven others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. She co-wrote and co-produced some of her own films as well. She appeared in serial television programmes 58 times and directed 50 other episodes. Additionally, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes.… Read More

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1918 Birth Lupino was born in Herne Hill, London, to actress Connie O'Shea (also known as Connie Emerald) and music hall entertainer Stanley Lupino, a member of the theatrical Lupino family. Lupino's birth year is 1918 and not 1914 as some biographies have claimed. … Read More


1933 15 Years Old …  She played leading roles in five British films in 1933 at Warner Bros. … Read More


1938 20 Years Old Lupino was married and divorced three times. She married actor Louis Hayward in November 1938. They separated in May 1944 and divorced in May 1945.
1942 24 Years Old …  In 1942, she rejected an offer to star opposite Ronald Reagan in Kings Row and was immediately put on suspension at the studio. … Read More
1947 29 Years Old After the drama Deep Valley (1947) finished shooting, neither Warner Bros. nor Lupino moved to renew her contract, and she left Warner Bros. in 1947. … Read More


1948 30 Years Old Her second marriage was to producer Collier Young on 5 August 1948. They divorced in 1951.
1949 31 Years Old Lupino claims she "…did not set out to be a director," but it was a reality she had to face when her first directing job came unexpectedly in 1949 when Elmer Clifton suffered a mild heart attack and could not finish Not Wanted, a film she co-produced and co-wrote. … Read More
1950 32 Years Old It was important to bring these important social and women’s issues to the public attention. However Donati, in his biography of Ms. Lupino, said, “The solutions to the character’s problems within the films were often conventional, even conservative, more reinforcing the 1950’s ideology than undercutting it.” … Read More
1951 33 Years Old Lupino's third and final marriage was to actor Howard Duff, whom she married on 21 October 1951. … Read More
1952 34 Years Old …  Lupino appeared in nineteen episodes of Four Star Playhouse from 1952 to 1956. … Read More


1959 41 Years Old Duff and Lupino also co-starred as themselves in 1959 in one of the thirteen one-hour instalments of The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour. … Read More


1978 60 Years Old She made her final film appearance in 1978 and retired at the age of 60. … Read More
1983 65 Years Old Lupino and Duff divorced in 1983.
1984 66 Years Old In 1984, Lupino petitioned a California court to appoint her business manager, Mary Ann Anderson, as her conservator due to poor business dealings from her prior business management company and her long separation from Howard Duff.
1995 78 Years Old Lupino died from a stroke while undergoing treatment for colon cancer in Los Angeles on 3 August 1995, at the age of 77. … Read More
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