Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (4 February 1918 – 3 August 1995) was an English-born film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her 48-year career, she appeared in 59 films and directed seven others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. She co-wrote and co-produced some of her own films as well. She appeared in serial television programmes 58 times and directed 50 other episodes. Additionally, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes. Lupino was born in 1918 into an English family of performers. Her father, Stanley Lupino, was a music hall comedian, and her mother, Connie Emerald (1892–1959), was an actress. As a girl, Ida Lupino was encouraged to enter show business by both her parents and her uncle, Lupino Lane, who was also in show business as an acrobatic film and stage comic and director. At the mere age, of seven, Lupino wrote the play Mademoiselle for a school production, which she also starred in. She trained at RADA, where she stayed for two terms and made her first film appearance in The Love Race (1931), the next year making Her First Affaire', a film her mother originally tested for.



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