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Yolande Donlan


Born - 2 June 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died - 30 December 2014

Vivacious brown-eyed blonde (originally dark auburn) who slaved away for years on cinema's sidelines before getting a break playing the dumb blonde mistress of a politico in a stage production of Born Yesterday. Bringing it to London with considerable success, she settled in England and starred in a number of frothily enjoyable comedies there, marrying (second) director Val Guest. Initially seen as Yvonne Mollot or Mallott (when billed), the actress, daughter of minor character actor James Donlan (who died when she was 18) appeared fleetingly in Pennies from Heaven (1936), After the Thin Man (1936), Rosalie (1937), The Champagne Waltz (1937), Sweethearts (1938), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Idiot's Delight (1939), The Great Man Votes (1939), The Devil Bat (1940, a featured role), second female lead in Dark Streets of Cairo (1940), Under Age (1941), Road Show (1941), DuBarry Was a Lady (1942), Girl Crazy (1943) and more. In the UK, she starred in Miss Pilgrim's Progress (1949), The Body Said No! (1950), Mr Drake's Duck (1950), Penny Princess (1952), They Can't Hang Me (1955), Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957), Expresso Bongo (1959), Jigsaw (1962), 80,000 Suspects (1963) and, later, The Adventurers (1970) and Seven Nights in Japan (1976). Guest, to whom she was married for more than 50 years, died in 2006, coincidentally at the same age, 94.