Laurette Luez
Laurette Luez
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..
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  • 1999
    Age 70
    Laurette Luez died on September 12, 1999 in Milton, Florida, aged 71, from undisclosed causes.
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  • 1990
    Age 61
    By 1990 Luez was living in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles with her sister Lei, along with a nephew.
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  • 1965
    Age 36
    Luez left the film industry in 1965.
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  • 1963
    Age 34
    Her last major film credit was in 1963 when she played a cantina girl, Felina, in Ballad of a Gunfighter with Marty Robbins, drawn from his 1959 hit song "El Paso."
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  • 1956
    Age 27
    In 1956, she appeared in another exotic slave-girl role as Karamaneh in the syndicated TV series, The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu.
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  • 1953
    Age 24
    From that time forward she was cast mostly in exotic, sexy character roles in films and television. In 1953, she appeared in Siren of Bagdad as a dancing slave girl.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, 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").
  • 1949
    Age 20
    In 1949, when she was 21, she played Marla Rakubian in the film noir 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.
    More Details Hide Details About working with Flynn, Luez said "Errol and I play our love scenes through the window and do not kiss. But we took stills embracing each other. They asked me if I enjoyed working that way with Errol and I told them it was very, very disturbing, to say the least."
  • 1945
    Age 16
    She signed a five-year contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1945, for a weekly salary of $125.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1940s, she became a highly successful model, appearing in photographs and artwork for national brands such as Lux soap.
  • 1944
    Age 15
    In October 1944, she was featured in Esquire.
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    In 1944 she was cast as a fetching Javanese girl in The Story of Dr. Wassell.
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  • 1928
    Born on August 19, 1928.
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