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Iris Adrian

Highest Rated:   100% The Odd Couple (1968)
Lowest Rated:   17% Blue Hawaii (1961)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Bamboo Blonde
  • Montana
2003
86% Road to Zanzibar
  • French Soubrette in Cafe
2001
40% Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Actor
1980
71% 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
93% That Darn Cat!
  • Landlady
1965
No Score Yet Once a Thief
  • Actor
1965
44% The Errand Boy
  • Great Actress
1961
17% 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 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
  • Dance Hall Hostess
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
95% 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 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 To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Blonde
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Two-Gun Gertie
1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn
  • Waitress
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

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