Rita La Roy

Rita La Roy

  • Highest Rated: 85% Sergeant York (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 53% Blonde Venus (1932)
  • Birthday: Oct 2, 1901
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Dark and sultry-looking, Rita La Roy was burlesque queen Taxi Belle Hooper in Josef Von Sternberg's The Blonde Venus (1932) and thus on the receiving end of some of Marlene Dietrich's more stinging barbs. The role should have been a breakthrough but most of her footage ended up on the cutting-room floor and she spent the remainder of her screen career playing catty and sometimes downright vituperative women in potboilers. The daughter, she claimed, of a French actress and a British nobleman, La Roy (born Ina Stuart) had been a dress designer and stock company actress prior to making her screen debut in 1929. The Delightful Rogue (1929), opposite matinee idol Rod La Rocque, earned her a contract with RKO and she played a femme fatale in Check and Double Check (1930), an attempt to turn radio's Amos 'n' Andy into viable screen stars and perhaps her most visible film today. "In movies just for the money," as she often stated, La Roy apparently never turned down a role, no matter how miniscule, and her subsequent career was mostly spent playing minor vamps in low-budget independent productions. She retired in 1943 but returned to the screen to play a fashion editor in You're My Everything (1949), a backstage musical from Fox.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

85% Sergeant York Saloon Girl 1941
No Score Yet Hold That Woman Lulu Driscoll 1940
No Score Yet Flight From Glory Molly 1937
No Score Yet The Mandarin Mystery Martha Kirk 1936
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number Girl 1934
No Score Yet From Hell to Heaven Elsie 1933
No Score Yet Lady from Nowhere Mabel Donner 1933
No Score Yet Hot Saturday Camille 1932
53% Blonde Venus Taxi Belle Hooper 1932
No Score Yet Sinners in the Sun Lil 1932
No Score Yet So Big Paula Storm 1932
No Score Yet Traveling Husbands Vera 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness Sylvia Folsom 1931
No Score Yet Sin Takes a Holiday Grace Lanier 1930
No Score Yet Check and Double Check Elinor Crawford 1930
No Score Yet Lilies of the Field Florette 1930
No Score Yet Conspiracy Nita Strom 1930
No Score Yet The Love Trap Mary Cadwallader 1929

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