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Lola Jean Albright (born July 20, 1925, Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and
Albright worked as a model before moving to Hollywood. She began her motion
picture career with a bit part in the 1948 film The Pirate, and followed it with
an important role in the acclaimed 1949 hit Champion. For the next ten years,
she appeared in secondary roles in over twenty films, including several 'B'
Westerns. Albright also acted in guest roles on several television series.
In 1958, she won the role of Edie Hart on Peter Gunn, a television detective
series produced by Blake Edwards and directed by Robert Altman, with the theme
music that made Henry Mancini famous. Albright played a nightclub singer who was
the romantic interest of Peter Gunn, played by Craig Stevens. In 1959 she was
nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character)
in a Dramatic Series. Her role required singing and led to the 1957 release of
her music album Lola Wants You, as well as her album 1959 Dreamsville, in which
her songs were accompanied by Henry Mancini and his orchestra.
Albright's popularity led to several major film roles, including Elvis Presley's
1962 film, Kid Galahad; the 1964 French film Les Felins by director René
Clément; and the epic western The Way West.
Later in 1964 she appeared as Duff Daniels in the episode "Sticks and Stones Can
Break My Bones" with her former Peter Gunn co-star Craig Stevens in his
short-lived CBS drama Mr. Broadway.
In 1966, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 16th Berlin
International Film Festival for her role in Lord Love a Duck.
In 1968, Albright appeared in The Impossible Years, with David Niven and
Christina Ferrare, and in Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? with Doris
Day. She also appeared in the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour.
Albright temporarily replaced Dorothy Malone as Constance Mackenzie on the hit
primetime soap opera Peyton Place, when Malone had to undergo emergency surgery.
Albright continued to perform both in films and as a television guest actor
until her retirement in the early 1980s.
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