You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ethelreda Leopold dies at 80

Appeared in 'Gold Diggers' musicals

Former actress Ethelreda Leopold, who appeared in a handful of Busby Berkeley-choreographed musicals of the mid-1930s, died Jan. 26 of pneumonia in North Hollywood. She was 80.

Leopold began her career as a model in her native Chicago. She came to Hollywood in 1934 under contract to Warner Bros. and was cast in several of the lavish musical numbers in the Dick Powell-Ruby Keeler starrer “Dames.”

Leopold also appeared in “Gold Diggers of 1935,” “Hollywood Hotel,” “Gold Diggers of 1937,” “Varsity Show,” “Ready, Willing and Able” and “Gold Diggers of Paris.”

She left Warner Bros. and signed with Columbia Pictures in 1938, where she was featured in several short subjects with the Three Stooges.

She also appeared in “The Great Dictator” starring Charlie Chaplin, “Angels Over Broadway” starring Rita Hayworth, “City for Conquest” starring James Cagney and portrayed a nightclub singer in “Lured” starring Lucille Ball.

In the late 1940s she retired and moved to Palm Springs with her husband, Joseph Pine.

She is survived by a son and a granddaughter.

More Film

  • Spirit Awards Showcase Oscar Players and

    Spirit Awards Showcase Oscar Players and Also-Rans, With Heavy Hitters on Deck

    Five of the last eight best feature winners at the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best picture at the Oscars, including a four-year streak from 2013-2016. It was a steadily evolving status quo that led former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor Bill Mechanic to question his organization’s [...]

  • Bo Burnham34th Film Independent Spirit Awards,

    Bo Burnham Wants 'Eighth Grade' Star Elsie Fisher to Direct Him

    Bo Burnham won his third award in three weeks for “Eighth Grade” at the Spirit Awards and said he wants the film’s 15-year-old Elsie Fisher to direct him. “I’d love to work with Elsie again,” Burnham said backstage after winning the Best First Screenplay trophy.  “She wants to direct so I’d love to switch roles [...]

  • Nicole Holofcener: 'Can You Ever Forgive

    Nicole Holofcener: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Director Was Cheated Out of an Oscar Nomination

    “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenwriter Nicole Holofcener offered a blunt assessment of the lack of Academy Awards recognition for director Marielle Heller, and women directors everywhere. “I feel Marielle was cheated and I feel badly about that,” Holofcener said backstage after winning a Spirit Award for screenplay with Jeff Whitty. Holofcener was originally attached [...]

  • Stephan James as Fonny and Brian

    2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners: Complete List

    The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards took place on a beach in Santa Monica, Calif., with Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” taking the top prize for best feature along with best director for Jenkins. Ethan Hawke and Glenn Close took the prizes for best male lead and best female lead, respectively. Bo Burnham took [...]

  • Oscars Oscar Academy Awards Placeholder

    Hated It! How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Gripe About the Oscars

    Watching the Academy Awards telecast, then grousing about it the next day, has become a hipster parlor game — it’s what the Complete Oscar Experience now is. The complaints are legion, and we all know what they are, because we’ve all made them. The show was too long. The host bombed. His or her opening [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content