I was especially fascinated at how much a fan Mom was of actresses who were not big stars in the Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn Hollywood sense, but they were women whose talent and work excited her. Actresses like Simone Signoret, Lilli Palmer and Patricia Neal. One such actress was Lola Albright.
Mom always said, "Hollywood should have given Lola Albright the kind of good scripts that usually went to Barbara Stanwyck." As I got older and my passion for classic films deepened, I came to agree totally with my mother on that. Look at Lola Albright as Kirk Douglas' leading lady in the boxing drama, CHAMPION (1949).
Albright was such a good vocalist that she got a contract and cut record albums in the 1950s.
Watch the 1961 drama, A COLD WIND IN AUGUST, and you will see more of what a terrific actress she was. She played the hip middle-aged stripper who falls for a guy who's almost 18.
She was married three times. Her second husband was veteran film actor Jack Carson during his A STAR IS BORN (1954) and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) period.
Mom and I loved Lola Albright.