Laurette Luez

Laurette Luez

Born Aug 19, 1928

Laurette Luez was a United States supporting actor and successful commercial model who appeared in films and on television during a 20 year career. She was a widely known Hollywood celebrity during the 1950s, owing much to publicity about her social life. She is best known for her supporting role as photographic model Marla Rakubian in Rudolph Maté's 1949 film noir D.O.A..… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on August 19, 1928.


1944 15 Years Old In 1944 Cecil B. DeMille saw one of her headshots and at age 16 she was cast as a fetching Javanese girl in The Story of Dr. Wassell. … Read More
1945 16 Years Old She signed a five-year contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1945, for a weekly salary of $125. … Read More


1949 20 Years Old In 1949, when she was 21, Luez played the film role for which she is most remembered, the embittered and ruthless Armenian model Marla Rakubian in the film noir drama D.O.A. In 1950 Luez became widely known for supporting roles with Roddy McDowell in Killer Shark and Kim with Errol Flynn, which was the first major motion picture filmed in India. … Read More
1953 24 Years Old In 1953 she appeared in Siren of Bagdad as a dancing slave girl.
1954 25 Years Old In 1954 she played a small role in the Bowery Boys film Jungle Gents opposite Huntz Hall's character Sach (her one line was "Kiss, kiss, kiss").


1963 34 Years Old Her last major film credit was in 1963 when she played the cantina girl Felina in Ballad of a Gunfighter with Marty Robbins, drawn from his 1959 hit song "El Paso."
1965 36 Years Old Luez left the film industry in 1965. Throughout the 1950s Luez was more widely noted for her many whirlwind romances and socializing in Hollywood nightspots than for her acting. This began with a highly publicized engagement to producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr from 1949 to 1950. … Read More


1990 61 Years Old By 1990 Luez was living in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles with her sister Lei, along with a nephew.
1999 71 Years Old Laurette Luez died on 12 September 1999 in Milton, Florida at the age of 71.
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