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Iris Adrian (May 29, 1912 – September 17, 1994) was an American film actress.

Life and career

Born in Los Angeles, Californiamarker as Iris Adrian Hofstadter, Adrian won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies, before she entered films at the end of the silent era in Chasing Husbands (1928) and appeared as an extra or chorus girl in early sound films like Paramount on Parade (1930).

During the 1930s she specialised in playing glamorous gold-diggers and gangsters' "molls", and played supporting roles in numerous features. She was considered a versatile actress, who could play drama or comedy, and she was also regarded as a capable dancer, dancing in a couple of films with George Raft. She also appeared on several radio programs, including serving as a regular on the Abbott and Costello Show.

She continued to act regularly without achieving star status and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in more than one hundred films. In her later years she appeared in several Walt Disney films, including That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A. and Freaky Friday. She also played numerous guest roles in such television series as Get Smart, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Munsters, The Love Boat, The Lucy Show and The Jack Benny Show.

She was married three times, the first time to Charles Over in 1935 (divorced in 1936), the second to George Jay (also divorced), and her final marriage was to Ray (Fido) Murphy which lasted over 30 years. She had no children.

Known for sense of humor, she wryly commented in an interview late in her life that the only thing she did not like about aging was that she could no longer attract gangsters.

Adrian died in Los Angeles, from injuries she sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake exactly eight months earlier, and was entombed at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemeterymarker.



Short subjects

  • Chasing Husbands (1928)
  • Whirls and Girls (1929)
  • The Freshman's Goat (1930)
  • Don't Give Up (1930)
  • College Cuties (1930)
  • Man to Man (1937)
  • How to Clean House (1948)
  • Foy Meets Girl (1950)
  • Heebie Gee-Gees (1952)
  • So You Want to Be Pretty (1956)


  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9

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