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Lois January



Enjoying a much longer career than almost all of her contemporaries, Lois January not only became a favorite guest speaker at B-Western reunions of the 1980s and 1990s, but continued to appear in films and on television well into her seventies. A dancer from the age of two, January was discovered performing in a high school play by a talent scout from Universal. That was apparently in the very early '30s, but she did little more than cheesecake layouts until 1933, when she began turning up with some frequency in Columbia comedy shorts. She became a star in B-Westerns, however, of which she did a total of 12 within a span of only two years (1935-1937). At posh MGM, January reportedly sang with Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939), though if true, her footage must have been left on the cutting-room floor. A stunning redhead, January is easily identifiable, however, as a woman carrying a cat in the Emerald City scenes. By 1940, she had switched her not inconsiderable energy to Broadway, appearing with Sophie Tucker in High Kickers, but is perhaps best remembered for headlining her own radio show, Revelle Sweetheart, broadcast by CBS from 1941 to 1946. From radio it was only a short step to early television, and in addition to becoming a semi-regular on My Three Sons, January also appeared on such shows as Marcus Welby, Police Story, Barnaby Jones, and The Rockford Files. She even popped up in a Ringo Starr variety special and appeared, as late as 1987, in the made-for-television movie Double Agent. In addition to her show business career, January was a noted Los Angeles businesswoman in the field of public relations.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
99% The Wizard of Oz
  • Cat Owner
1939
No Score Yet The Trusted Outlaw
  • Molly Clark
1937
No Score Yet Bar Z Bad Men
  • Beth Harvey
1937
No Score Yet The Red Rope
  • Betty
1937
No Score Yet Roamin' Cowboy
  • Jeannie Morgan
1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall
  • Sheila Shannon
1937
No Score Yet Easy to Take
  • Annie
1936
No Score Yet The Cocaine Fiends
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Border Caballero
  • Goldie Harris
1936
No Score Yet Rogue of the Range
  • Stella Lamb
1936
No Score Yet Cocaine Fiends
  • Lil
1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • Malliot's Secretary
1936
No Score Yet Bulldog Courage
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Splendor
  • Lena Limering
1935
No Score Yet Rin-Tin-Tin: Skull and Crown
  • Barbara
1935

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