Iris Adrian

Highest Rated: 100% The Odd Couple (1968)
Lowest Rated: 29% Blue Hawaii (1961)
Birthday: May 29, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
Trained as a dancer by Marge Champion's father Ernest Belcher, Iris Adrian began her performing career at age 13 by winning a "beautiful back" contest. Working as a New York chorus girl (she briefly billed herself as "Jimmie Joy"), Iris's big break came with the 1931 edition of The Ziegfeld Follies, which led to featured nightclub and comedy revue work in the U.S. and Europe. In the Kaufman/Hart Broadway play The Fabulous Invalid, Adrian raised the temperatures of the tired businessmen in the audiences by performing a strip-tease--this at a time (the late 1930s) when the standard burlesque houses had been banned from New York by Mayor LaGuardia. Brought to films by George Raft, Adrian made her first screen appearance in Raft's 1934 vehicle Rhumba. This led to dozens of supporting roles in subsequent feature films; Iris' standard characterization at this time was the brassy, gold-digging dame who never spoke below a shout. Often appearing in one-scene bits, Adrian received more sizeable roles in Laurel and Hardy's Our Relations (1936), Bob Hope's The Paleface (1948), Milton Berle's Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) and Jerry Lewis' The Errand Boy (1961). Through the auspices of director William Wellman, who had a fondness for elevating character actors to larger roles, Adrian gave a rollicking performance as Bonnie Parker wannabe Two Gun Gertie in 1942's Roxie Hart. She launched her TV career in 1949 on Buster Keaton's LA-based weekly comedy series. Some of her most memorable work for the small screen was on the various TV programs of Jack Benny, Adrian's favorite comedian and co-worker. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Iris Adrian kept very active in the comedy films of the Walt Disney studio, including That Darn Cat (1965) and The Love Bug (1968); and in 1978, she was superbly cast in the regular role of the sarcastic secretary for a New York escort service on The Ted Knight Show.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Bamboo Blonde Montana 2003
86% Road to Zanzibar French Soubrette in Cafe 2001
40% Herbie Goes Bananas Actor 1980
68% Freaky Friday Bus Passenger 1976
50% The Shaggy D.A. Manageress 1976
No Score Yet Gus Fan's Wife 1976
No Score Yet No Deposit, No Return Housewife 1976
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Poker Polly 1975
83% The Barefoot Executive Woman Shopper 1971
No Score Yet Scandalous John Mavis 1971
75% The Love Bug Carhop 1969
100% The Odd Couple Waitress 1968
94% That Darn Cat! Landlady 1965
No Score Yet Once a Thief Actor 1965
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter Ad-Libber 1964
50% The Errand Boy Great Actress 1961
29% Blue Hawaii Mrs. Garvey 1961
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Wench 1958
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Actor 1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock Celia 1957
67% Crime Wave Hasting's Girl Friend 1954
No Score Yet The Fast and the Furious Waitress 1954
No Score Yet Take the High Ground Actor 1953
No Score Yet Carson City Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees Girl at bar 1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Lola 1951
33% The Racket Sadie 1951
No Score Yet G.I. Jane Lt. Adrian 1951
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Buster Keaton Actor 1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero Mae 1950
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Julie Adams 1949
No Score Yet The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) Waitress 1949
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat Mme. Mercadet 1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Peggy 1949
No Score Yet Flamingo Road Blanche 1949
95% Mighty Joe Young Gloria 1949
100% The Paleface Pepper 1948
No Score Yet Smart Woman Sob-Sister Newspaper Columnist 1948
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Dance Hall Hostess 1947
No Score Yet Love and Learn Actor 1947
No Score Yet Fall Guy Mrs. Sindell 1947
No Score Yet Stork Club Gwen 1945
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Martha 1945
No Score Yet It's a Pleasure Wilma 1945
100% Bluebeard Mimi Robert 1944
91% The Woman in the Window Streetwalker 1944
No Score Yet I'm from Arkansas Doris 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Girl 1944
No Score Yet Shake Hands With Murder Patsy Brent 1944
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid Maisie Dunbar 1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Girl on Train 1943
No Score Yet Submarine Base Dorothy 1943
No Score Yet Hers to Hold Arlene 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Jenny 1943
60% Lady of Burlesque Gee Gee Graham 1943
No Score Yet Ladies' Day Kitty 1943
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball Mrs. Martin 1943
No Score Yet Spotlight Scandals Bernice 1943
No Score Yet Thunder Birds Saleswoman 1942
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives Actor 1942
No Score Yet Fingers at the Window Actor 1942
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Peggy 1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Waitress 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Blonde 1942
80% Roxie Hart Two-Gun Gertie 1942
No Score Yet Hard Guy Goldie 1941
No Score Yet I Killed That Man Verne Drake 1941
No Score Yet Horror Island Arleen 1941
89% Go West Actor 1940
No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Myrtle 1939
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven Sugar 1939
No Score Yet Our Relations Alice 1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia Actor 1936
No Score Yet Murder at Glen Athol Muriel Randel 1936
No Score Yet Mister Cinderella Lil 1936
No Score Yet Lady Luck Rita 1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon Cashier 1936
No Score Yet Rumba Goldie Allen 1935
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Wife Martha
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Mrs. Dawson
  • 1965
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Mrs. Bennett
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Woman
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Macey
  • 1956
No Score Yet The Abbott and Costello Show
1951-1952
Various
  • 1952
  • 1951

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