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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.