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 Lea <I>Penman</I> Fillmore

Lea Penman Fillmore

Birth
Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebraska, USA
Death 12 Oct 1962 (aged 67)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 145447689 · View Source
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Lea Penman was born October 04, 1895 in Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebraska to Thomas E. and Jennie Anna (Blaine) Penman. Moving to Denver, Colorado in her childhood, she attended East Denver High School, where she excelled in theater, drama and fine arts, graduating in 1912.
After high school she attended the University of Denver from 1913 to 1916, after graduation she was an Associate Professor in Dramatics and English Literature at the University.
In 1917 she traveled to New York as a student under the tutelage of well known French actress, Yvette Guilbert.
While in New York she caught the eye of Maude Fulton who was also a well known Broadway actress and playwright. Maude convinced her to come west to San Francisco and be a part of a new entourage that was going to take the west by storm at the new Fulton Playhouse in Oakland. Maude's manager, George Ebey had purchased the building, formally the Bishop Theater in 1918.

While going from east to west coasts she fell in love with Clyde Fillmore (Fogle) and they were married in San Francisco, California on December 06, 1924

She appeared in numerous stage and vaudeville acts during her career, including alongside Maude Fulton in "The Humming Bird" at Ye Liberty House at Oakland, California on September 12, 1920 and at The Broadway Theatre, September 29, 1920 in Denver, Colorado. In the Broadway hits, Boy Meets Girl (1935), What a Life (1939) and her most successful appearance on Broadway as Dolly Tate in the 1946 production of Annie Get Your Gun, which ran for 1,147 performances at the Imperial Theater at 249 W 45th Street, New York.

As a screen actress she appeared in the 1926 silent film, Romance of a Million Dollars directed by Tom Terriss. She appeared in one episode of the TV series Suspense in 1949. In 1950 she appeared as Effie Floud in the film Fancy Pants, starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball and was also cast as Mrs. Calhoun in the film comedy Stella, starring Victor Mature and Ann Sheridan. In 1955 she appeared as Mme Parole in the film We're No Angels starring Humphrey Bogart, with Peter Ustinov and Basil Rathbone. In 1957 she was Mrs. Stoneway in the crime movie Portland Expose, which also included Frank Gorshin, as Joe who later became The Riddler in the 1966 Batman TV series.
Her last appearance was in 1958-59 as Nora Caldwell in the TV series, Frontier Doctor.


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  • Created by: Tom Jacobs
  • Added: 23 Apr 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 145447689
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lea Penman Fillmore (4 Oct 1895–12 Oct 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 145447689, ; Maintained by Tom Jacobs (contributor 47386400) Cremated, Other.